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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Teaching refugee women to drive goes farther than their destination

The Call 12 Apr 2024
From the passenger seat, driving instructor Nancy Gobran peered over large sunglasses at her student, a 30-year-old Syrian refugee woman who was driving for one of the first times in her life ... Its name is an Arabic word meaning altruism and affection ... Instructors like Gobran are fluent in Arabic, which makes students more comfortable....

Shocking moment UC Berkeley law students who were invited to Jewish dean

The Daily Mail 12 Apr 2024
Footage shows how what was meant to be a celebratory dinner at a dean's home for graduating students devolved into a physical fight over the Israel-Hamas war. The viral video made rounds Wednesday, hours after UC Berkley law students were invited to the Oakland home of School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and his wife the evening before....

Cultural club at Stagg offers support amid year that’s ‘posed unique challenges for our Arab students’

Chicago Tribune 11 Apr 2024
This year has posed unique challenges for our Arab students,” she said ... Students aren’t charged a fee to belong, and a local Arab American business, Eiffel Waffle in Chicago Ridge, has helped support the club with funding for pizza parties, club T-shirts and potentially establishing scholarships for Arab American students....

Group of Jewish, Palestinian women build bridges between cultures

Sandhills Express 10 Apr 2024
“I grew up Jewish, and the only time when I ever met Arab students was in my Arabic class,” said cofounder Evan Rotker. “I was like, ‘How can we bring Arab students and Jewish students together?’ And, and this kind of set us down this path.”....

Teacher asked to remove Palestinian flag in 4J classroom inspires school board protest

The Register Guard 10 Apr 2024
Before public comment, the student representative of South Eugene High, which is the high school that Spencer Butte feeds into, also spoke in support ... Hanan Elsherif, coordinator of Arabic Studies at the University of Oregon, spoke in support of Khatter, saying he doesn't teach students what to think, but rather how to think....

CAIR-Austin calls for APD to investigate alleged attack of Muslim UT student as hate crime

Austin American-Statesman 09 Apr 2024
CAIR-Austin in a news conference Tuesday said the men began yelling in mock Arabic and blocked the student and his friend's path ... "Not only on the student, the victim student, but also for all the Muslims and Arabs and all the diverse students who go to Austin....

Westwood’s new House of Mandi offers a variety of Yemeni food for the community

Daily Bruin 08 Apr 2024
The restaurant, which opened March 15, features traditional Arabic seating and music along with its Yemeni menu ... He added that he has seen limited authentic cuisines available in Westwood and hopes students will explore food from Yemen ... Al Seragi, who is also from Yemen, said both Arab and non-Arab students have enjoyed House of Mandi’s menu....

Student sues NYU over ‘excessive’ suspension after taking down Israeli hostage posters

Washington Square News 08 Apr 2024
NYU’s actions are part and parcel of a national trend, targeting students and faculty across the U.S., especially Palestinian, Arab and Muslim students and faculty, for their dissent in solidarity with Palestine and in support of and protection of the Palestinian victims in Gaza,” The Parachute Project spokesperson wrote to WSN....

Egyptian universities make progress in international educational classifications

Egypt Today 08 Apr 2024
... Research 2030, and in implementation of the directives of the political leadership, so that Egypt becomes a regional center and an attractive educational platform for students wishing to study at the level of the Arab region and the Middle East and the African continent....

Muslim girl in France brutalized for wearing Western clothing

Ynet 07 Apr 2024
In recent months, there has been a surge in complaints from teachers ......

India Supreme Court stays high court order regarding creation and regulation of Islamic schools

Jurist 06 Apr 2024
The HC in striking down the provisions of the Act directed the relocation of the students. This would effect the 17 lac students, we are of the view that direction of relocation of students to other school was not warranted ... Madarsas are Islamic educational institutions where students study the Quran, Sharia, theology, and Arabic....

Harvard adds Jewish affinity celebration to grad plans after university rocked by antisemitism allegations

New York Post 06 Apr 2024
Harvard University’s DEI office has added an affinity celebration for Jewish students ... The “Celebration Recognizing Arab Graduates, the Celebration Recognizing Jewish Graduates, and the Celebration Recognizing Veteran Graduates are being planned in collaboration with student groups and campus partners,” one note viewed by the outlet read....