الثلاثاء، 25 أبريل، 2017

Social Scientists. . . Where are you?

Social Scientists. . . Where are you?

Professor Ibrahim Al-Allaf
Expert professor, University of Mosul,
Translated by: Dr. Mahmood Faris

We, me and Dr. Khalil Al-Khalidy, professor of social sciences, today on Monday 24th of April 2017, were discussing the role of sociologists in treating Iraq's problems... And I said to him it's not enough to write theses and letters about some problem or another, because  it doesn't reach people, and  it is not enough to write researches or studies we publish for the sake of promotion in academic magazines that doesn't reach  people, but we have to find social scientists like the deceased, unique Dr. Ali Alwardi which I don't elaborate if I say that most of Iraqis memorize his words about the duality of personality, social repellency, the conflict between peasantry and civilization by heart. This is why Dr. Alwardi stayed alive between us.
Where are the sociologists in Iraq? Some of them have pages on social media, but I don't see them practicing their role on social and psychological awareness between  people, but instead I see them sitting in their palaces, busy in gaining gold from education, supervision, writing promotion researches, or attending conferences away from  real life.
The man supported  me saying we should use your voice to raise the mettle of social scientists to analyze the social and economic crises.
The sociologists should participate in researching the events occurring in the Iraqi community which  is collapsing and wearing away.
Dear sociologists, come where your country needs you the most, whether inside or outside Iraq,  show your strength and your pens, use your computers, to write and publish your solutions to what oppression and external and internal wars had cast over this country, the blockade. the invasion, and dark forces.
What is your attitude toward extremism? your attitude toward the illegitimate shares within political contracts and  their effects on the future of Iraq? Your attitude while Mosul is returning back under Iraq?
Your attitudes concerning widows, the needy, special care? and  the effects of oppression, isolation, political and social segregation? the and what are your plans concerning reconstruction and re-building of the community again?
The choice is yours, as I always say to my students "There are many numbers in universities, and very few symbols". For whomever wants to be a symbol in his society, should always strive to implement what we are saying and offering, and your talk and action  should have effect on the ordinary people, not just in deep books, and  library shelves.... We wait and see.


Professor Ibrahim Al-Allaf

Translated by "Dr. Mahmood Faris

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