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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Arab Countries Unlikely to Condemn Accession of New Territories to Russia - Expert

Urdu Point 01 Oct 2022
"Russian-Arab ... Moustafa said that Putin "is a good student of Western psychology and plays on it professionally," adding that many Arabs compared the Russian president with ex-Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser Hussein "in his war against Zionism, Nazism and the West."....

Largest University of Iowa college adds ‘flexibility’ to meeting foreign language requirement

The Gazette Cedar Rapids 01 Oct 2022
Thirteen students were enrolled in the class ... The change adds two alternative paths to meeting the college’s current requirement, which mandates students complete coursework in a single foreign language equal to four years in high school or four semesters in college ... The UI offers 13 options to fulfill its world languages requirement of students.....

Can east Jerusalem Palestinian education be integrated with Israel's?

The Jerusalem Post 30 Sep 2022
However, it seems that this move is endangered, as last week 70,000 (out of the 177,000 in the city’s Arab sector) students did not attend school, as their parents announced a strike ... Their number is estimated at 16,000 students, compared to 5,000 five years ago....

'Study in Saudi Arabia' program to serve students from 160 countries

Urdu Point 30 Sep 2022
Saudi Arabia's new ambitious educational program titled 'Study in Saudi Arabia' aims to benefit male and female students as well as academics and researchers of 160 countries from all over the world ... The ministry indicated that the visa tend to attract male and female students, researchers, and international professors and academics to Saudi Arabia....

Afghan women rally in support of Iran’s anti-government protests

Arab News 30 Sep 2022
KABUL ... Mahsa Amini, 22, was detained in Tehran on Sept. 12 for failing to cover her hair in a manner deemed proper by the authorities ... A 24-year-old university student who participated in the protest told Arab News she had attended the rally in solidarity ... The government must support and protect them instead of frightening them,” she told Arab News....

Israeli-Arab Psychologist Ahmad Mansour Calls for Renewed Effort in Fight Against Antisemitism

The Algemeiner 29 Sep 2022
Israeli-Arab psychologist Ahmad Mansour ... Born in the Israeli-Arab town of Tira, the 46-year-old Mansour moved to Germany as a student in 2004, where he became involved in initiatives to counter extremism among Turkish and Arab youths ... critical thinking was encouraged among us students, we learned to debate and argue objectively,” he recalled....

Security Forces Break Hamas Finance Ring

Hamodia 29 Sep 2022
Hamas recruited people allowed into Israel on work and medical permits, as well as students at Birzeit University, to transfer funds to their operatives in the region and to Hamas members in Turkey, the IDF’s Arabic-language spokesperson ......

Hamas funneled terrorism funds through Gazans with Israeli entry permits

The Jerusalem Post 29 Sep 2022
The IDF and Shin Bet thwarted a Hamas terrorism financing scheme using Gazans who were entering Israel for humanitarian reasons or with work permits and student activists at the Birzeit University in the West Bank, the IDF's Arabic-language spokesperson Avichay Adraee announced on Thursday....

The language in the Arabic press is changing toward peace - opinion

The Jerusalem Post 29 Sep 2022
I am a Canadian Israeli and a lifelong student of Arabic language and culture. For the past 17 years, I have honed my Arabic language skills and understanding of the culture by reading the Arab press ... The Arab press is also a good place to understand how they view others....

Russian vyaz: This old Slavonic lettering is once again gaining popularity in Russia

Russia Beyond 28 Sep 2022
Nationals of Canada, Germany, Poland, Cyprus, Finland, Britain, Israel, the United States, Latin America and Australia have been students of the Chobitko school ...Once a group of Arabs came to see us wanting to do calligraphy ... ‘I’m sorry, but I don’t know Arabic script.” And they said....

Night raids in Iran target activists, journalists, lawyers

The New Arab 28 Sep 2022
Tehran's crackdown on dissidents entered a new phase last week, when four lawyers - who have defended student, political, and human rights activists - were held by security forces ... During the past days, at least 38 student activists from Tehran University and 13 from Beheshti University were also arrested....

Egyptian Museum hosts book fair celebrating deciphering Rosetta Stone

Egypt Independent 27 Sep 2022
The administration has set a standard price for the book at LE 2 for old books for archeology and history students, and researchers in archeology, in addition to recent publications and the latest issued by the Supreme Council of Antiquities ... Ticket prices for the Egyptian Museum for Egyptians and Arabs. LE 30/ and for students ... LE 200/ for students....

UAE children with best handwriting can apply for award

Gulf News 27 Sep 2022
Students with ... All competitions are open to full-time students and are held in Arabic and English ... “They are hugely popular with students, parents, and teachers ... The Poetry For All competition, in its seventh year, is open to students across two age group categories, 8-13 and 14-18....

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