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From the Ted Talk by Naif Al-Mutawa: Superheroes inspired by Islam

Unscramble the Blue Letters

And now it's 2010, and there are 99 heroes from 99 different cnuietros. Now it's very easy to assume that those books, because they were from a lirarby called Bait al-Hikma, were Muslim books, but that's not the case because the caliph that built that library, his name was al-Ma'mun — he was Harun al-Rashid's son. He had told his aresivds, "Get me all the scholars to translate any book they can get their hands onto into araibc, and I will pay them its weight in gold." After a while, his advisers complained. They said, "Your Highness, the scholars are cnitaehg. They're writing in big handwriting to take more gold." To which he said, "Let them be, because what they're giving us is wotrh a lot more than what we're paying them." So the idea of an open areccrtuhtie, an open knowledge, is not new to my neck of the desert.

Open Cloze

And now it's 2010, and there are 99 heroes from 99 different _________. Now it's very easy to assume that those books, because they were from a _______ called Bait al-Hikma, were Muslim books, but that's not the case because the caliph that built that library, his name was al-Ma'mun — he was Harun al-Rashid's son. He had told his ________, "Get me all the scholars to translate any book they can get their hands onto into ______, and I will pay them its weight in gold." After a while, his advisers complained. They said, "Your Highness, the scholars are ________. They're writing in big handwriting to take more gold." To which he said, "Let them be, because what they're giving us is _____ a lot more than what we're paying them." So the idea of an open ____________, an open knowledge, is not new to my neck of the desert.

Solution

  1. cheating
  2. countries
  3. advisers
  4. arabic
  5. architecture
  6. worth
  7. library

Original Text

And now it's 2010, and there are 99 heroes from 99 different countries. Now it's very easy to assume that those books, because they were from a library called Bait al-Hikma, were Muslim books, but that's not the case because the caliph that built that library, his name was al-Ma'mun — he was Harun al-Rashid's son. He had told his advisers, "Get me all the scholars to translate any book they can get their hands onto into Arabic, and I will pay them its weight in gold." After a while, his advisers complained. They said, "Your Highness, the scholars are cheating. They're writing in big handwriting to take more gold." To which he said, "Let them be, because what they're giving us is worth a lot more than what we're paying them." So the idea of an open architecture, an open knowledge, is not new to my neck of the desert.

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