Sunday, August 21, 2005

Harry Potter in Saudi Arabia

Via The Leaky Cauldron, I find an article about Harry Potter's popularity in Saudi Arabia. The market for English fiction in that part of the world is greater than one might think, for in addition to those Arabs who start learning English at a young age, there are many guest workers from places like India among whom English becomes a lingua franca. This is especially prominent in the smaller Gulf states where citizens are actually a minority of the inhabitants, but I'm sure you get it in Saudi Arabia, as well.


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