Arabic

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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Kabul Museum shines light on nation’s heritage

Arab News 17 Jul 2019
Students on a trip to the museum were at first skeptical, but quickly realized the wealth of history unfolding before their eyes ... I did not know about this before my visit,” student Mohammad Ehsan, 17, told Arab News ... Mohammad Yahya Mohebzada, deputy head of Kabul Museum, told Arab ......
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DU Admissions 2019: Why Arabic tops foreign language courses in university

The Times of India 15 Jul 2019
Growing job opportunities prompt students to pick Arabic in the foreign language category ... This year, the number of students enrolling for Arabic has increased. Zakir Husain College, which is the only institute in DU offering degree courses in Arabic, admitted 40 students after the first cut-off....
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District unveils revamped student code of conduct, plans to translate to multiple languages

The Daily Gazette 14 Jul 2019
The district also plans to translate the new student code into Spanish, Arabic and Pashtu, languages other than English commonly spoken by students and their families ... The new code also comes with a video summary that breaks down key elements of the conduct code and features a wide variety of students, parents and staff....
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Chicken pox, diphtheria in Kollam

Deccan Chronicle 12 Jul 2019
While diphtheria was confirmed in two students of a residential Arabic institute at Oachira here, some 24 students of Government Model UP school at Piravanthoor have been hit by chickenpox ... Out of the two students of the Arabic institute, a 16-year-old from Chandanathoppe has ......
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TMID Editorial: MATSEC reform – Foreign language – pros and cons

Independent Online 12 Jul 2019
The proposal reminded many of the way Arabic was made a compulsory subject – together with physics – for secondary school students in the 1980s ... There was a time when students learnt four to five languages in secondary schools (including Maltese and English), but more recently only one foreign language was included in the curriculum....
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Lebanon hopes for best season in years as Saudis return

Arab News 12 Jul 2019
Before the travel bans, Beirut had long been a favorite for Gulf Arabs escaping the stifling summer temperatures at home ... “I thought which country can I go to see Arab culture? Then I came across Lebanon and thought why not? It’s safe to go,” said Casper Boks, 21, a student from Amsterdam strolling down Beirut’s busy Hamra street with a friend....
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Operation Smile To Hold 28th Annual International Student Leadership Conference In Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Dothan Eagle 12 Jul 2019
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., July 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Hundreds of high school students from around the world – including Rwanda, the United Arab Emirates, Australia, Korea, Italy, Bolivia and the United States – will gather in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to take part in Operation ......
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Warwick University apologises to victims of rape chat scandal

The Independent 11 Jul 2019
Libyans throw a newly graduated student into a fountain as they celebrate during the graduation ceremony for students from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the Al-Arab University in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi ... at the Al-Arab University in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi....
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Chinese applications to UK universities overtake those from Northern Ireland for first time

The Independent 11 Jul 2019
Libyans throw a newly graduated student into a fountain as they celebrate during the graduation ceremony for students from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the Al-Arab University in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi ... at the Al-Arab University in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi....
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Eighty groups urge California State University reprimand anti-Israel professor for ‘hateful’ Facebook posts

Cleveland Jewish News 11 Jul 2019
The letter mentioned that Abdulhadi re-posted last week to the Facebook page of the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and ... Abdulhadi has an extensive anti-Israel history that includes calling the presence of pro-Israel students on campus a “declaration of war” against Arabs and Muslims....
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No teacher, several Lucknow University colleges to shut depts

The Times of India 11 Jul 2019
To teach around 20,000 students in 19 government-aided colleges, sanctioned teacher posts are 817 ... According to University Grants Commission (UGC), the student-teacher ratio should be 1.40 ... For 10,500 students, there are 139 sanctioned posts, but only 89 have been filled. The student-teacher has touched an alarming 1.90....
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Promenading on Avenue de Paris section of the Corniche Beirut. Since the end of the war in 1990, the people of Lebanon have been rebuilding Beirut, and by the start of the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict the city had somewhat regained its status as a tourist, cultural and intellectual center in the Middle East and as a centre for commerce, fashion, and media.
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Lebanese tourist season could be a ray of light amid gloom

Middle East Online 11 Jul 2019
Before the travel bans, Beirut had long been a favourite for Gulf Arabs escaping the stifling summer temperatures at home ... "I thought which country can I go to see Arab culture? Then I came across Lebanon and thought why not? It's safe to go," said Casper Boks, 21, a student from Amsterdam strolling down Beirut's busy Hamra street with a friend....
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Back on the map: Lebanon hopes for best tourist season in years

Yahoo Daily News 11 Jul 2019
Before the travel bans, Beirut had long been a favourite for Gulf Arabs escaping the stifling summer temperatures at home ... "I thought which country can I go to see Arab culture? Then I came across Lebanon and thought why not? It's safe to go," said Casper Boks, 21, a student from Amsterdam strolling down Beirut's busy Hamra street with a friend....

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