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June 11, 2011

Arabic Edition of The World is Yours to Change Released in Qatar

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DOHA, Qatar: On June 11, 2011, SGI-Gulf, a Dubai-based cultural and educational organization, organized a book launch for an Arabic-English edition of The World Is Yours to Change. The work is a collection of thematic essays by Daisaku Ikeda in which he depicts attitudes and behaviors that will help pave the path to peace in the twenty-first century. In doing so he draws on the lives of individuals, such as Mahatma Gandhi and Torao Kawasaki, whose strength of character and ability to persevere led to extraordinary achievements and the advancement of peace.

The World Is Yours to Change is the first book by the author to be published in Qatar. This bilingual edition was released in Dubai in February 2011. The book was originally published as a bilingual volume with Japanese and English texts, and has subsequently been published in bilingual editions with Danish, Korean and Hindi coupled with the English text.

Among the guests attending the launch were Dr. Shihab Ghanem, a renowned UAE poet who led the translation of the work into Arabic; Dr. Jabr Alnoaimi, cofounder of Newton International School; and Izz El Din Abdul Rahman, public relations manager of publisher Dar Al Sharq.

In his speech, Dr. Ghanem introduced Mr. Ikeda's conviction that each individual, through one's own inner-directed positive change, is able to contribute to the transformation of society and the creation of lasting peace. Stating that a social reformation founded on nonviolent principles is the means for creating an ideal society, Dr. Ghanem recommended that The World Is Yours to Change be read by a wide Arab audience.

The event was reported by two major newspapers, the Gulf Times and the Peninsula.

[Adapted from an article in the July 3, 2011, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]