Arabic (/ˈærəbɪk/;Arabic: العَرَبِية, al-ʻarabiyyah [alʕaraˈbijja] or Arabic: عربي ,عربى ʻarabī [ˈʕarabiː]) is the Classical Arabic language of the 6th century and its modern descendants excluding Maltese. Arabic is spoken in a wide arc stretching across Western Asia, North Africa, and the Horn of Africa. Arabic belongs to the Afroasiatic family.

The literary language, called Modern Standard Arabic or Literary Arabic, is the only official form of Arabic. It is used in most written documents as well as in formal spoken occasions, such as lectures and news broadcasts.

Arabic is a Central Semitic language, closely related to Aramaic, Hebrew, Ugaritic and Phoenician. Standard Arabic is distinct from and more conservative than all of the spoken varieties, and the two exist in a state known as diglossia, used side-by-side for different societal functions.

Some of the spoken varieties are mutually unintelligible, both written and orally, and the varieties as a whole constitute a sociolinguistic language. This means that on purely linguistic grounds they would likely be considered to constitute more than one language, but are commonly grouped together as a single language for political or religious reasons (see below). If considered multiple languages, it is unclear how many languages there would be, as the spoken varieties form a dialect chain with no clear boundaries. If Arabic is considered a single language, it is perhaps spoken by as many as 422 million speakers (native and non-native) in the Arab world, making it one of the six most-spoken languages in the world. If considered separate languages, the most-spoken variety would most likely be Egyptian Arabic with 89 million native speakers—still greater than any other Afroasiatic language. Arabic also is a liturgical language of 1.6 billion Muslims. It is one of six official languages of the United Nations.

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Why do I fight for Israeli-Palestinian peace? - opinion

The Jerusalem Post 08 Jun 2023
As a university student in the United States, I started studying and meeting Palestinians and other Arabs to try to understand what they wanted ... I joined a volunteer organization called Interns for Peace and went to live and work in the Arab village of Kafr Qara for two years....

Arabic ‘In God We Trust’ signs will test limits of Louisiana’s law

Victoria Advocate 08 Jun 2023
Some Louisiana schools will receive posters with the motto "In God We Trust" written in Arabic to be placed in classrooms to comply with a new bill the Louisiana Legislature passed on Tuesday ... Some are written in Arabic, Hebrew, Spanish and other languages, while others have rainbow-colored backgrounds in support of LGBTQ+ students....

Afghan students feel abandoned as India restricts visas

Al Jazeera 08 Jun 2023
New Delhi, India – For two years, Afghan student Yasmeen Azimi has been trying to get a visa to resume her studies in India ... But more than 2,500 Afghan students enrolled in Indian universities and colleges are stuck in Afghanistan due to not being issued visas, according to the Afghan embassy in New Delhi....

Saudi: Students to have four weekly classes in space science

The Siasat Daily 07 Jun 2023
... school students starting from the next academic year. Third-year high school students will be taught earth and space sciences during the second and third semesters, Arabic daily Okaz reported ... In May, Rayyanah Barnawi became the first Arab and Saudi woman to go on a space stint....

Sultan bin Ahmed honours best dissertations in admin-fin sci

Urdu Point 07 Jun 2023
Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and President of the University of Sharjah, honoured the winners of the 20th session of the Sharjah Award for the Best PhD Dissertation in Administrative and Financial Sciences in the Arab World on Wednesday at the Student Forum at the University of Sharjah....

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Statesville Record & Landmark 07 Jun 2023
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S ... businessman says daughter, granddaughter on plane that crashed in Virginia North Iredell senior receives Sybil Jennigns Vorheis Scholarship See Lakeshore Elementary students try out new playground in Mooresville. However, Saudi Arabia still relies — like other Gulf Arab nations — on the U.S....

Saudis review options for studying abroad as US gun violence spirals

Arab News 06 Jun 2023
However, in today’s changing world, various factors complicate the decision-making process for students and parents ...The UK is incredibly diverse, and international students will get the chance to experience a multicultural environment whilst still maintaining strong ties to their own culture,” she told Arab News in a statement....

Saudi Arabia opens first Confucius Institute

People Daily 06 Jun 2023
Zhang Xinying, Chinese dean of the Confucius Institute from Shenzhen University, told Xinhua that the institute is committed to offering good Chinese language teaching, international student exchanges and China-Arab cultural exchanges....

QU Arabic Centre Graduates 180 Non-Native Speakers

MENA FN 06 Jun 2023
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Peninsula Doha, Qatar. Qatar University's Center for Arabic Language for Non-Native Speakers organised its annual graduation ceremony for students who had completed ... ....

Florida Tech Student Ameerah Alsulami Becomes a Rising Star on Campus and Back Home

Space Coast Daily 05 Jun 2023
The Saudi students at Florida Tech, and many people across her home country, would certainly agree ... Start by providing them with orientation materials in Arabic. Then go ahead and create a calendar, also in Arabic, that merges university events like Founder’s Day with standout happenings of interest to Saudi students such as the start of Ramadan....

Dhahran students win big at first Formula 1 in Schools event in Saudi Arabia

Arab News 04 Jun 2023
According to the official statement, “F1 in Schools is a global educational program that aims to raise awareness of STEM and Formula 1 among school students ... “The students will then apply what they learn in a practical, imaginative, exciting and competitive environment that echoes a scaled-down version of an F1 team.” HIGHLIGHTS....

UAE astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi's longest Arab space mission crosses half-way mark

Gulf News 04 Jun 2023
With the conclusion of the mission task on April 28, the UAE commemorates Al Neyadi as the first Arab to undertake a spacewalk during Expedition 69, currently underway on the ISS ... Four live calls and three HAM radio calls with astronaut Al Neyadi gave students and the community insights into the longest Arab space mission in history....

Teenagers from Islamic State families undergo rehabilitation in Syria, but future still uncertain

Missoulian 04 Jun 2023
Children stand in al-Hol camp, which houses families of members of the Islamic State group, April 19 in Hasakeh province, Syria. Baderkhan Ahmad, Associated Press ... People are also reading… ... New restaurant opens in Box Elder 'I did it'. 6 Native American students earn Ph.D.s from UM. News. Arab League welcomes Syria back ... Listen now and subscribe ... ... ....

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