Egyptian Minister of Culture Gaber Asfour has initiated a new reading project aimed at countering “dark and destructive ideas” through providing youths with the ministry’s publications at affordable prices in accessible outlets.
Titled Iqraa (Read), the project depends on setting up small kiosks that would sell all the publications of the ministry’s various sectors: the National Centre for Translation (NCT), the Supreme Council for Culture (SCC), the General Egyptian Book Organisation (GEBO), the Fine Arts Sector and the National Theatre Centre.
As target readers are the youth of Egypt, the kiosks will be located in university campuses as a first step, according to a culture ministry press release.
The ministry added that the project aims to “motivate students to read and raise their awareness in order to protect them from dark and destructive ideas”.
The author of In Defence of Enlightenment, Culture Minister Gaber Asfour is also a seasoned intellectual known for his resistance to Islamism as a political trend, as evidenced by many of his published works.