Obama’s speech Thursday at Cairo University in the Egyptian capital.
And consequently, the official translation of the text prepared in advance of Obama’s speech:
“I am honored that the timeless city of Cairo and to be hosted by two remarkable institutions too, one of Al-Azhar, which has remained for more than a thousand years a beacon of Islamic sciences while Cairo University has been for more than a century a source of Egypt ‘s advancement. Together, you represent the harmony between tradition and progress. I am grateful for your hospitality, and the hospitality of the people of Egypt. I am also proud to carry with me the goodwill of the American people and a greeting of peace to you from Muslim communities in my country .. “Peace be upon you.”
We meet at a time of great tension between the United States and the Muslim world, tension rooted in historical forces that go beyond any current policy debate. Include the relationship between Islam and the West centuries of coexistence and cooperation as this relationship include conflict and religious wars. And it contributed colonialism through the modern era in feeding tension because many Muslims deprived of rights and opportunities also contributed to the Cold War in which many Muslim-majority countries without treated as proxies should not be taking into account their own aspirations. Moreover, the sweeping change brought by modernity and globalization led many Muslims to view the West as hostile to the traditions of Islam.
Extremists have exploited these tensions practicing violence in the Muslim world from a small but potent. The attacks of September 11, 2001 and continued these extremists in their attempts to commit acts of violence against civilians has led some in my country to view Islam as inevitably hostile not only to America and Western countries, but also to human rights. As a result, more fear and mistrust.
So long as our defined by our shared through the differences between us, we will empower those who sow hatred rather than peace, and who promote conflict rather than the cooperation that would help our people achieve justice and prosperity. This cycle of suspicion and discord must end it.
I have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States and the Muslim world based on mutual interest and mutual respect, and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive and need not to compete with each other but also to the two share common principles meet across namely the principles of justice and progress tolerance and the dignity of every human being.
I do so recognizing that change can not happen overnight. It can not single speech can eradicate years of mistrust, nor can I not be the oldest answer all the complex questions that brought us to this point. But I am convinced that we must move forward in order to express frankly what is in our hearts and that too often are said only behind closed doors. There must be a sustained effort to listen to each other and learn from each other, mutual respect and seek common ground. As the Holy Qur’an as follows .. (fear God and speak always the truth). This is what I will try, including in my power to do and to tell the truth in all humility before the task that we are facing and firm in my belief that the interests we share as human beings are far more powerful than the forces that drive us.
I think part of this is due to my personal experience. I am a Christian, but my father came from a Kenyan family that includes generations of Muslims. As a boy, I spent several years in Indonesia and heard the ears dawn and dusk. As a young man I worked in Chicago communities where many found in their Muslim faith dignity and peace.
I realized the virtue of my study of history that the city civilization of Islam, who carried with him in places like Al-Azhar University, the light of learning through so many centuries, paving the way for Europe’s Renaissance and Enlightenment. We find was innovation in
by negem abozed