Dawkins’ book The God Delusion has already been insanely influential if only for driving debate between atheists and theists over the years. Indeed, amongst theists themselves.
Atheism is a tough sell in Islamic countries because the idea is fighting against such massive propaganda, theocratic systems and pain of death to be heard and taken seriously in public life.
Dawkins and the Centre for Inquiry are now planning for free ebook versions of his books in Arabic, Urdu, Farsi and Indonesian to be available in many countries following a ‘stirring towards atheism’ in some Islamic states.
The Guardian reports:
Dawkins said the CFI decided on “a more systematic programme” of translating his work in ebook form following “stirrings toward atheism in Iran and other Islamic countries”. It will be the first time his work has been made available in Arabic, Urdu, Farsi and other languages of Islamic countries.
The first book to be translated will be River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life, which tackles evolution and which is Dawkins’ shortest book. The Center for Inquiry hopes the new versions will be available on its website by the end of this year. It will steer clear of books that already have legitimately published translations.
“We are choosing languages, not counties,” said Dawkins. “The pdfs may, of course, be downloaded by anybody in any country, but we imagine most Urdu downloads will be in Pakistan, most Indonesian downloads in Indonesia and Malaysia, and most Farsi downloads in Iran.”
A vocal critic of all religions, Dawkins has previously called Islam “the most evil religion in the world … of course that doesn’t mean all Muslims are evil, very far from it. Individual Muslims suffer more from Islam than anyone else.”
In 2017, Dawkins criticised a California radio station for cancelling an event with him over what it called his “abusive” comments about Islam. “I have criticised the appalling misogyny and homophobia of Islam, I have criticised the murdering of apostates for no crime other than their disbelief. Far from attacking Muslims, I understand – as perhaps you do not – that Muslims themselves are the prime victims of the oppressive cruelties of Islamism, especially Muslim women,” wrote the author to KPFA Radio in Berkeley. “I am known as a frequent critic of Christianity and have never been de-platformed for that. Why do you give Islam a free pass? Why is it fine to criticise Christianity but not Islam?”