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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The UAE’s gift of hope

Gulf News 20 Feb 2020
The Arab Hope Maker initiative is building on that to spread this message around the region; to say that even the smallest of deeds can improve life; be it giving away blankets during cold nights to the unfortunate poor on the streets of an Arab city or providing a bus service to needy students in a remote village somewhere in another Arab country....

Jordanians make up largest expat community in Qatar

Middle East Monitor 20 Feb 2020
The Qatari ambassador commented on Jordan’s decision to send an airplane to China to evacuate Jordanian and Arab students after the outbreak of the coronavirus, saying “this is not strange for Jordan” ... ambassador in solidarity with Gulf Arab allies who severed ties with Doha....

Achievement gap between Jewish, Arab students narrows, study reveals

The Jerusalem Post 10 Feb 2020
Educational achievement gaps between Jewish and Arab students have narrowed in recent years, although significant gaps still persist, according to a study published on Monday ... Gaps in mathematics between Arab-Israeli and Jewish students in the low socioeconomic grouping narrowed to just 1 point by 2017 from 19 points in 2008....

Arab Outrage (Over the Prospect of Living in Palestine)

The Algemeiner 10 Feb 2020
Look instead at the reaction by Israel’s Arabs ... Look at the Arabs themselves for whom that state is intended ... They hear daily about the oppression of Gaza’s Arabs at the hands of Hamas ... Arab students living in the disputed territories, he says, can only envy Israeli Arab students who are free to hold political activities on Israel’s campuses....

Hundreds of jobs available through Jeddah women’s college event

Arab News 10 Feb 2020
More than 700 jobs are being made available to students and graduates from Jeddah’s International Technical Female College (ITFC) through a partnership with the Saudi Human Resource Development Fund (Hadaf). The college, which hosted a jobs and careers fair at the weekend, said the opportunities were available to current students and graduates....

36 expelled on Day 1 of board exam

The Telegraph India 10 Feb 2020
In Dhubri, apart from 21 students who were expelled, one Arabic teacher identified as Joynal Abedin of Chirakhowa High School was also arrested for allowing the candidate to adopt unfair means in examination hall ... Students were left confused over an error in the English question paper which was held on Monday....

A Shaheen Bagh takes shape in Bangalore

The Telegraph India 10 Feb 2020
Student activist Sadiq, who has become a familiar face at most protests against the citizenship law, has joined the vigil ... Having witnessed the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia which forced long-serving President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to step down and shook up the Arab world, Corinne saw a similarity with the ongoing protests in India....

Pupils discover Arab culture in Belfast

Belfast Telegraph 08 Feb 2020
Schools Think Arabic saw around 140 students sample traditional Arabic dishes, take part in interactive workshops like ......

Coronavirus: A testing time for Asia

Arab News 27 Feb 2020
Malaysia and Singapore are fighting fake news both on and offline, following the global spread of Covid-19 which first emerged in China in January this year, officials told Arab News ... Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman, Gran Hewad, told Arab News that 62 Afghan students were currently residing in Wuhan, where the outbreak originated....

Israeli Teens Learn Public Diplomacy Skills to Serve as Ambassadors Abroad

The Algemeiner 27 Feb 2020
Muhammad Zuabi, an Arab-Israeli soldier in the IDF, spoke to the students about his decision to defend his homeland, the eventual support he got from his parents — despite their initial shock and confusion — and also how the fight for Israel’s right to exist is “not only a Jewish fight, but an Israeli fight,” said Green....

Feb 27 Alex Awad speaks at ‘Peace in the Holy Land’ event

Lee Clarion 27 Feb 2020
On Feb ... Lecturer in Anthropology Alan Wheeler said Awad’s appearance could be educational to students who do not know the Palestinian side of the ongoing conflict ... “I think [Awad’s talk] can undo stereotypes that [students] might have about Palestinians and assumptions they might have about the Arab community being always to blame,” Wheeler said ... ....

Afghanistan's Taliban movement: All you need to know

The Times of India 27 Feb 2020
KABUL ... Here is some background on the movement. ... They are named from talib, the Arabic word for student ... Promising to restore order and justice, the Taliban rose dramatically ... By 1998 they had control of 80 percent of the country, but were only recognised as the legal government by Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia ... Top Videos ... ....

The mother of Arabic calligraphy? Exploring Kufic script

Arab News 26 Feb 2020
Practiced for hundreds of years, Arabic calligraphy is being acknowledged on a grand scale in 2020 ... Tanja Tolar, a specialist in medieval Islamic art, told Arab News ... “If you ask any student of Islamic art what attracted them to the study of this subject, they often specify the beauty of Arabic calligraphy.”....