Eighteen of 23 countries included in the MENA region had serious threats to freedom of the press, with MENA countries dominating the top 10% of media-oppressed countries. Only .6% of online content is available in Arabic. In contrast, Arabic is the 4th most spoken language among internet users.
نجعل غير المتاح متاحًا!
We're making the inaccessible, accessible!
The original Bayt Al Hikma, or House of Wisdom, was a center for enlightened thought, pluralistic thinking, and scientific discovery that dominated the Golden Age of the Middle East. Massive translation efforts were conducted out of the largest library in Baghdad, a cultural hub of knowledge and learning that eventually became known to travelers across the globe as the House of Wisdom.
The House of Wisdom 2.0 aims to rekindle the original spirit of enlightenment and diversity in thought that formerly dominated the Middle East. We've translated hundreds of pieces of literature and information - from best-selling books to articles and more - in the hopes of making inaccessible ideas accessible to Arabic-speakers world-wide.
A Youth-Based Movement
Ideas Beyond Borders is igniting a movement for a positive change across the Middle East and North Africa. We're empowering youth to seek knowledge, think critically, and transcend the barriers to education that hold them back. These youth are our translators, our readers, and our hope for a better future in the region.
In the face of considerable adversity and threats from authoritarian regimes and extremists, our translators are proud to be challenging the status quo and helping MENA youth to form their own voices and identities by exploring diverse ideas. Despite the crushing human rights abuses and suppression of free speech plaguing the region, they've worked with us to translate topics such as the civil rights movement, mental and reproductive health, women's rights, and more.
We certify and empower each of our translators so they can access better jobs, higher earnings, and translate topics that they care about. They, along with IBB staff, recommend topics and ideas that they want to see more accessible for Arab & Middle Eastern youth.
Steven Pinker - Enlightenment Now (Book Summary Video)
I believe that knowledge is the fuel that ignites progress.
MUHAMMAD | EGYPT
I'm a doctor. Although I don't have much free time, the time I get for myself I use to work on this project. It's very important.
MOHAMAD | SYRIA
My passion is science. My mission is to spread science.
AREEG | IRAQ