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I recently found this video, which purports to show the Muslim cleric Bandar al-Khaibari denying heliocentrism. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9Jp_XCvVto

I am skeptical that the person depicted in the video is actually displaying such an egregious degree of ignorance of physics, and find it more likely that the video was either mistranslated or taken out of context. There were a number of sources covering the issue, but all of them seemed to depend on that one single translation.

Is the translation of this video valid, given the context in which the cleric was speaking?

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    I have been taught how to speak and write arabic since I was 6. I can confirm that the translation is fully valid and not taken out of context. – George Chalhoub May 12 '15 at 22:11
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    Allegedly the same is/was true of 25% of Americans, and 34% of Europeans. (ref) – ChrisW May 12 '15 at 22:38
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    Tricky. How can we answer this non-anecdotally? – Oddthinking May 13 '15 at 3:37
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    @Oddthinking The hashtag is evidence: because (being used by Arabic-speakers) it presumably doesn't "depend on that one single translation". An independent (of the one translation) written transcript of the speech would also be evidence; so would any commentary published in Arabic-language media. – ChrisW May 13 '15 at 8:46
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    This question has multiple problems: in the title you ask whether the video is "authentic", in the body you ask whether it is "mistranslated" or taken out of context. These are three different questions, and not all are appropriate to this site. Questioning the authenticity of the video is fine, but you don't really seem to be skeptical that this is not staged; asking whether a translation is correct is not on topic; asking whether the cleric actually believes what he's seen to claim is also not on topic. – Sklivvz May 13 '15 at 11:41

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