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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Give your child a head start in life

Gulf News 22 Apr 2021
ISCS accepts students from FS 1 to Year 11, blending the UAE curriculum of Arabic, Islamic, social and moral education, with the UK curriculum, and emphasises on Qur’an memorisation and recitation ... Awarded as a Distinguished School, ISCS accepts students from FS1 to Year 13, ......

Mansour Abbas, Mahmoud Abbas and the ‘Abraham Effect’

Cleveland Jewish News 22 Apr 2021
Shifts in the Israeli Arab body politic ... The program included stiff penalties for illegal weapons possession, additional police stations, proposals for protecting the integrity of public bidding for projects, scholarships for Arab students, more Arab police officers and encouraging young Arab citizens to perform National Service....

Leaders in teaching and learning: Creating a lasting impact

Gulf News 22 Apr 2021
Maintaining student engagement and continuity of learning has been our top priority ... We want to continue to expand our very successful intervention programmes, where we support different groups of students either in a small group or one-to-one with trained staff, who provide various support in reading, phonics, math, and Arabic....

How Lebanon's supermarkets became a frontline in the fight to survive the economic crisis

The New Arab 22 Apr 2021
"The crisis has been worsening a lot and that's very visible in food stores," Batoul Yazbek, a Beirut-based law student, told The New Arab ... Her life as a university student and precarious worker has got harder and harder, having to stick to a very tight budget ... "We knew a dark period would come," she said while speaking to The New Arab....

The world marks Earth Day

Ghana News Agency 22 Apr 2021
The day is marked every year to highlight environmental issues including; loss of biodiversity, increasing pollution among others ... The GNA gathered that, in United Arab Emirates, students used pedal power to make smoothies in Dubai, proving there’s no need to rely on electricity for everything, in commemoration of the Day ... GNA. ....

Alghanim Industries collaborates with Injaz on digital literacy initiative

Gulf Daily News 21 Apr 2021
Alghanim Industries and Injaz Kuwait prepared more than 2,000 students for their future careers through the Maharat Min Google programme, in collaboration with Injaz Al-Arab and Google.  ... Designed with Arab youth at its core, the initiative provided students with valuable ......

Saudi university tops Times Higher Education global ranking for gender efforts

The National 21 Apr 2021
Its position comes at a time when female students outnumber males in universities in the Arab world, although a study from 2017 found women made up just seven per cent of university chancellors in the region ... Universities from Arab League territories have come out in force to ......

Zionist Court Rejects Palestinians Appeal to Establish School

Kayhan 21 Apr 2021
... where 37 percent of students and 27 percent of residents are from the Arab community....

'A change for the better': Recognition of Muslim holidays gains ground at US schools

The New Arab 21 Apr 2021
I didn't feel a sense of belonging," she tells The New Arab ... "We're bringing different groups together to find out how they celebrate their holidays," Jabbar told The New Arab ... "I was there from the beginning," he tells The New Arab ... "Having Eid as a holiday gives me hope that students will feel that sense of belonging and acceptance."....

Oriental lute makes comeback in Iran

Taipei Times 20 Apr 2021
The Oriental lute is making a comeback in Iran after decades in the shadows as musicians reconnect with an instrument integral to Arab and Turkish musical tradition in a fragmented region. Known as the oud in Arabic and Turkish, it is commonly called the barbat in Persian, although some would argue that the instruments differ slightly....

Sky News Arabia launches media training academy

Urdu Point 20 Apr 2021
Sky News Arabia Academy offers more than 30 specialised academic courses in four main categories, in the Arabic language ... The first training course will include 26 students, the winners of ‘Sky News Arabia Star’, a programme launched in early 2020 in cooperation with 14 universities in the Arab world....

Massacres threaten to engulf Darfur, where revenge has substituted for justice

The Keene Sentinel 20 Apr 2021
"As nomads, we have been written out of our rights for many generations, and even war has not corrected that injustice," said Naima Khalil, an engineering student. Her family comes from a pastoralist Arab tribe, the Rizeigat, which the RSF draws on heavily for recruitment....

Palestinians injured during clashes in Jerusalem

Arab News 19 Apr 2021
Separately in the historically Arab Jaffa district of Tel Aviv, residents assaulted a rabbi seeking to acquire land for housing for Jewish seminary students in a predominantly Arab neighborhood, prompting clashes with police ... After the assault, groups of Jaffa residents faced off with seminary students in the streets....