Qatar University (QU) has marked Arabic Language Day to highlight the treasures and history of the Arabic language.
'Arabic Language Academies: Necessity or Luxury?' was the theme of World Arabic Language Day this year, seeking to understand the role of academia in safeguarding and enhancing the Arabic language.
Several professors at QU marked the occasion by sharing their sentiments on this important day. "The Arabic language is a pillar of the cultural diversity of humanity. It is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. World Arabic Language Day is being celebrated every year on December 18 since 2012. The date coincides with the day in 1973 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted Arabic as the sixth official language of the organisation," QU said in a statement.
"In the diversity of its forms, classic or dialectal, from oral expression to poetic calligraphy, the Arabic language has given rise to a fascinating aesthetic, in fields as varied as architecture, poetry, philosophy and songs. It gives access to an incredible variety of identities and beliefs and its history reveals the richness of its links with other languages," the statement notes.
Dr Noora al-Khanji, associate professor of Arabic Language at QU's College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), highlighted the importance of the mother tongue since birth and helps a person express himself/herself in front of others. In this way the relationship between the person and his/her language starts.
Talking about the Arabic language, Loui Khalil, associate professor of Arabic Language at CAS, said: “The most crucial characteristic of our culture is based on two essential pillars: Arabism, which is a national, ethnic and linguistic aspect; and Islam, which is a
religious manifestation, which means that the identity of this culture is not of purely human origin. Like other identities, perhaps this is what gives it the attribute of persistence - preferably it has a divine origin as well.”
Dr Soumaia El Mekki, assistant professor of Arabic Language at CAS, explained that the Arabic language is a "biological link rooted in the depth of the history of our nation that has produced a common identity that unites the Arab people and carves a national personality that transcends the limits imposed by states and drawn by beliefs".
“Arabic as a language is the most challenging language in the field of beauty, Arabic is the homeland of the nation, its healthy corner, and a haven for those looking for the real face of beauty and the gorgeous image of human civilisation, which is the fortress of identity, the solid ground for those who wanted to be trustworthy, and soft ground for those looking for tolerance, love and mercy," added Dr Hanan al-Fayadh, associate professor at CAS.