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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UAE students 'expelled' from Sandhurst over bribery claims

The New Arab 14 Aug 2022
The UK daily said that a major general at the academy, Duncan Capps, expelled the overseas students, who were all from the United Arab Emirates, due to what was described as "disciplinary incidents," adding that the students’ expulsion marked an "embarrassing chapter" in the reputed academy’s history....

Taliban Fighters Swap Arms for Books as Hundreds Return to School

Voa News 14 Aug 2022
The word "Taliban" actually means "students" in Arabic, and the hardline Islamist movement's name stems from the religious schools in southern Afghanistan it emerged from in the 1990s ... But some Taliban students, like Jalali, have big plans ... posters of smiling co-ed students....

At your doorstep, a Hyderabad-based startup offers cupping therapy

The Siasat Daily 14 Aug 2022
How often do women face challenges in order to get a particular treatment? This precise question led city-based student entrepreneur Fatima Khadar to come up with the, an application offering cupping therapy services at your doorstep ... She also holds a diploma in the Arabic language from King Abdul Aziz University, Saudi Arabia....

UAE: All educational institutions to enhance learning of Emirati culture

Khaleejtimes 13 Aug 2022
All educational institutions in the UAE have been instructed to intensify efforts to enhance the national identity, Emirati culture, positive values and the Arabic language among students ... These lessons would help students take decisions to enable them to be future leaders and effective contributors to UAE society....

All UAE schools, universities to enhance Emirati culture, Arabic studies

Gulf News 13 Aug 2022
All educational institutions in the UAE, including governmental and private, at all levels, from early education to higher education, have been directed to intensify efforts to enhance the national identity, Emirati culture, positive values and the Arabic language among students, ......

The Afghanistan disaster movie continues to roll, one year after US withdrawal

Arab News 13 Aug 2022
Doctors are leaving, engineers are leaving, professors and experts are also leaving the country,” Abdul Hamid, a student at Kabul University, told Arab News ... “There’s no reason for banning girls from school,” Amal, an 11th grade student at Rabia Balkhi High School in Kabul, told Arab News....

Egypt’s Long-Serving Minister Nabila Makram Replaced in Cabinet Reshuffle

Egyptian Streets 13 Aug 2022
Photo via Facebook ... Initiatives launched by the Ministry included Etkallem Arabi (Speak Arabic), the Ministry of Emigration Dialogue Center for Egyptian Students Abroad, the first-ever international insurance policy for Egyptians living abroad, an initiative to solve family disputes for Egyptians living abroad and more ... .......

A year of peace in one of Afghanistan's deadliest provinces

Stars and Stripes 12 Aug 2022
Students read the Quran in a madrassa in Musa Qala, on June 16, 2022 ... "We are learning reading, writing, grammar and the Arabic pronunciation of the Quran," one student after another replied when asked what they were being taught ... Arabic is foreign to most Afghans and most students do not understand what they are asked to memorize....

Israel's thin red line: Hi-tech engineers and scientists

The Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2022
In addition, much larger numbers of students, mainly the under-represented groups in hi-tech (women, periphery, Arabs and Orthodox), must graduate in what we call ‘hi-tech matriculation’ – math, physics and/or computer science, and spoken English.”....

Taliban fighters swap arms for books in Afghanistan as hundreds return to schoolSince the Taliban ...

Deccan Herald 11 Aug 2022
The word "Taliban" actually means "students" in Arabic, and the hardline Islamist movement's name stems from the religious schools in southern Afghanistan it emerged from in the 1990s ... But some Taliban students, like Jalali, have big plans ... Kabul's Muslim Institute has a student ......

'Al-Nabulsi, we'll carry your legacy,' Canada activists praise terrorist

The Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2022
... live the martyrs" in Arabic.  ... In Ottawa, marchers organized by the Association of Palestinian Arab Canadians and Students for Justice in Palestine Carlton chanted "There is only one solution, Intifada revolution" and "from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free."....

Hanegbi's primary slump means end of an era at Likud - analysis

The Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2022
Long-time MK Tzachi Hanegbi is at the end of his long, winding political road ... During his student days at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he was convicted for participating in a violent brawl against Arab students, and he positioned himself on top of a war monument during the evacuation of Yamit and the Sinai Peninsula in 1982 ... (credit. FLASH90) ... ....

Police arrest man over 'new femicide killing' in Egypt

The New Arab 10 Aug 2022
Egyptian security forces arrested a male Egyptian media student on Tuesday following the killing of a female student studying at the same instition, The New Arab’s Arabic-language service Al-Araby Al-Jadeed has reported ... Both the accused and the victim were students at the Al-Shorouk Private Academy....

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