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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Dubai illustrator Nourie Flayhan creates art in tribute to three Arab women killed by men

The National 28 Jun 2022
After a week of shocking violence against Arab women, Nourie Flayhan is turning to art to make a stand. The Lebanese illustrator, 31, who lives in Dubai, has created a series of portraits, showing the faces of the three women from around the Arab world, who were killed in recent days....

Two university staff killed by former law student in Erbil

The New Arab 28 Jun 2022
The dean of the faculty of law and another lecturer at the Salahaddin University were shot dead early today by a former law student, the head of the university told The New Arab. "Early today, a former student entered the college of law at our university and opened fire at the dean of the law faculty....

Taub Center releases Israel progress report of economy, health, education

The Jerusalem Post 27 Jun 2022
Coinciding with increased allocation of resources toward the Arab sector, there has been a significant increase in the number of Arab students in Israel. Between the 2009/2010 and 2020/2021 academic years, the number of Arab students registered in higher education in Israel grew by 122%, from 25,951 to 57,552....

Emory University Student: I Have Been Attacked and Defamed for Visiting Israel

The Algemeiner 27 Jun 2022
My name is Samantha Strelzer, and I am the President of the Rollins Student Government Association at the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University ... I know that this is sadly an all too common an occurrence, and that across the country, students who dare to express a pro-Israel point of view or visit the Holy Land are ostracized on campus....

London, Ont. father, son back in Canada but still wondering: Who won't let us fly, ...

Toronto Sun 27 Jun 2022
government’s no-fly list. Advertisement 2. Story continues below. This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. We apologize, but this video has failed to load ... Mustafa was president of Fanshawe College’s Muslim StudentsAssociation last year, and said he’s been studying accounting and teaching Arabic since then. ....

The nightmares affect your whole life' What's it really like to be a war refugee? ...

The Daily Mail 26 Jun 2022
They told him 'Syria' ... The moving documentary, which was released in 2019 and won awards at Cannes, the Baftas and the Emmys, starts in 2011 when Waad is a student in Aleppo. She decides to film the peaceful student protests triggered by the Arab Spring and captures the brutal response by President Assad's regime ... 'But we were scared to love it ... ' ... ....

Sheikh Sultan launches of 2nd ‘Teaching Honour’ programme in Sharjah

Gulf News 25 Jun 2022
The Ruler of Sharjah stressed the importance of teaching the Arabic language to students and developing its teaching methods. He encouraged students to ......

Sharjah Ruler stresses on importance of teaching Arabic to students

Khaleejtimes 25 Jun 2022
The Sharjah Ruler stressed on the importance of teaching Arabic to students, and developing its teaching methods, and ......

Renowned Turkish scholar Sheikh Mahmoud Effendi passes away at 93

The Siasat Daily 25 Jun 2022
On Friday, June 24, Hundreds of thousands of people participated in Sheikh Effendi’s funeral and farewell from Al-Fateh Mosque in the Turkish city of Istanbul, along with a group of Arab and Turkish scholars, sheikhs, thinkers and science students, and a large crowd of ......

Our restaurant critic’s favorite cookbook in 2022 so far

The Los Angeles Times 25 Jun 2022
There aren’t enough bakeries like Reem’s in the United States (proclaims this student of Arab foodways), but its existence has begun to inspire others around the country to similar heights of excellence ... I wanted to just show the complexities and the nuances of what it means to be in diaspora, particularly as an Arab in this country and in this era....

Jordan student shot dead in latest femicide outrage

The New Arab 24 Jun 2022
Iman Arsheed, a second-year nursing student at the Applied Sciences Private University, was shot multiple times as she left an exam, students told The New Arab’s Arabic-language sister site Al-Araby Al-Jadeed ... Students told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that the suspect in the killing was not a student at the university....

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