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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Winston-Salem Journal 05 Feb 2023
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Cairo University President, Chinese Educational Advisor talk strengthening joint academic cooperation

Egypt Today 04 Feb 2023
The meeting was attended by the President of the Chinese Student Association in Egypt, the Chinese Director of the Confucius Center, and Dr ... In January, the Cairo University Council approved on the cooperation with Jilin University of China to create a dual bachelor's degree for teaching Arabic to Chinese students....

How digital boost for braille literacy is helping people with visual impairments across the Arab world

Arab News 04 Feb 2023
... and supervisor of the Center for Innovation in E-learning at the Saudi Electronic University, the first university in the Kingdom to exclusively adopt e-learning strategies and technologies, told Arab News that such technologies will play a significant part in students’ journeys....

Washington march held for Palestinians killed by Israel

The New Arab 04 Feb 2023
... Movement, told The New Arab, referring to one of the largest and most influential lobby groups related to Israel ... "We want to show how much we value Jenin and its people," Jinan Chehade, a student at Georgetown Law School, told The New Arab, referring to the 2002 Battle of Jenin....

Schools from UAE come together to celebrate cultural diversity

Khaleejtimes 03 Feb 2023
13 participating schools with students from their kindergarten section showcased their talents in dance and song ... This was an interschool Indo Arab Poetry Competition attended by 20 schools across the UAE. Loghaty Hwyaty provided a huge opportunity for Arab and non-Arab students to share their love for poetry....

Xi's letters help deepen global understanding

China Daily 03 Feb 2023
Xi welcomed the students to study at ... He expressed his hope that the students would cherish the good times and study hard in order to make new contributions to enhancing friendship between the Chinese and Saudi people, as well as between the Chinese and Arab people in general....

This week in Jerusalem: Signs of the times

The Jerusalem Post 02 Feb 2023
“The shahid [martyr] is a hero.” That is one of the comments that some Arab students at the Hadassah Academic College posted a few hours after the deadly terrorist attack in Neveh Ya’acov last Shabbat. In reaction, Jewish students called on the school administration to deal with those students and impose sanctions against them....

Israel steps up demolitions of Palestinian homes in Jerusalem

Arab News 02 Feb 2023
Eid Khamis Jahalin, a Bedouin leader from Al-Khan Al-Ahmar, told Arab News that people are scared that Israeli bulldozers will destroy the village and displace its 250 residents ... Journalist Adel Abu Nima from Jericho told Arab News that the Israeli army on Saturday set up military ......

PM Modi to inaugurate Dawoodi Bohra community’s Arabic academy in Marol

Hindustan Times 01 Feb 2023
Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah, Arabic Academy (also known as ... There are a variety of subjects offered to the students at the Arabic academy, like Islamic studies, Arabic and English literature, including secondary and higher secondary levels, followed by graduate and post-graduate levels....

Arabic Language Doha Prize Competition Ends In Moscow

MENA FN 31 Jan 2023
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) QNA Doha. The activities of the Arabic language–Doha Prize– competition for university students in Russia, organised by the Embassy of the State of Qatar to the Russian ... ....

Palestinians in Khan al-Ahmar stand ground amid displacement plan

Al Jazeera 31 Jan 2023
Shahd Ibrahim hopes to become an Arabic language teacher at her school [Aziza Nofal/Al Jazeera]. Shahd Ibrahim, a fifth-grade student, said she hoped to “become an Arabic language teacher in the same school” that she loved so much....

Indian students defy ban on BBC’s Modi documentary despite arrests

Arab News 28 Jan 2023
The government banned the documentary over the weekend using emergency powers under information technology laws, but students continued to organize screenings across the country ... On Friday, the Jamia authorities shut down all the facilities for students,” one of the arrested, Azeez Shareef from the Students Federation of India, told Arab News....

The way forward for the Arab citizens of Israel -opinion

The Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2023
The Arab citizens of Israel stand in a peculiar position regarding their Palestinian identity and integration into Israeli society ... The average Arab citizen of Israel sees a binary option ... Arab Israelis and Israeli left wing activist students, attend a rally marking the Nakba anniversary at the Tel Aviv University on May 15, 2022 (credit....

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