Arabic is the language of the Qur'an, but Arab culture is not the culture of Islam.
Cultures are never merely intellectual constructs. They take form through the collective intelligence and memory, through a commonly held psychology and emotions, through spiritual and artistic communion.
We need to challenge the dominant culture: by ethics, principles and values.
My experience of living with people of diverse religions and cultures taught me that one will never be at peace with the other if one is at war with oneself.
Culture constitutes an essential element of social and political liberation. As people rise up across the Middle East and North Africa, the diversity of their cultures is not only the means but also the ultimate goal of their liberation and their freedom.
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