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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ASI belly dancing instructor hopes to “open people’s hearts” to Middle Eastern culture

Mustang News 23 May 2019
... dances of the Arab world. On Saturday, May 11, Associated Students, Inc....

Omar K. Alghanim Honored For Nurturing A New Generation Of Middle East Business Leaders

Dothan Eagle 22 May 2019
The organization cited his record of launching and leading INJAZ Al-Arab, a JA-affiliated organization that supports education and entrepreneurship for students in the region ... Founded in 2005, INJAZ Al-Arab has achieved extraordinary success, impacting more than 3 million students across 14 countries in the Arab world....

MBRGI spends Dh628m to spread education, knowledge in 2018

Gulf News 22 May 2019
Madrasa e-learning platform, launched in 2018, benefitted 1.1 million students in the first three months of its launch through its 5,000 free Arabised science and math videos, developed for 50 million Arab students ... ■ MBRF awarded 85 Arab media students with journalism scholarships....

UCLA guest lecturer compares Zionists to white supremacists

Cleveland Jewish News 22 May 2019
A Jewish student in the class, Shayna Lavi, recalled to the Journal that San Francisco State University Arab and Muslim ethnicities’ professor Rabab Abdulhadi, told the some 100 students in the mandatory anthropology lecture on May 14 that U.S ... of war” against Arabs and Muslims....

Minister hits back at vice-chancellors who claim admissions intervention is illegal

The Independent 22 May 2019
Libyans throw a newly graduated student into a fountain as they celebrate during the graduation ceremony for students from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the Al-Arab University in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi ... at the Al-Arab University in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi....

Real estate roundup: Revive closes on RJ’s Boot Shop

The Houston Leader 22 May 2019
Arabic Immersion Magnet School leaving Heights. Houston ISD recently announced that its Arabic Immersion Magnet School will relocate this summer to the former campus of Kinder High School for Performing and Visual Arts — a move the district says is designed to accommodate the school’s growing student population and transformation to a PK-8 campus....

Netflix drops the extended trailer for its first Middle East original series

The National 22 May 2019
The show follows a group of Arab high school students in present-day Amman, who unknowingly invite the forces of a vengeful Jinn in the form of a seemingly normal teenage boy during a school trip to the ancient city of Petra ... Filmed in Arabic, ......

UAE launches new app to make schools more family friendly

Arabian Business 22 May 2019
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, attended the launch of a new family-school app called Adheedak (Arabic for Your Assistant)....

Sri Lanka rejects plans for $10m Shariah university

Arab News 21 May 2019
“Their curriculum and their co-curricular activities should maintain a common standard and these madrasas should prepare the students to make them fit into society instead of just learning Arabic and Islam only.” M.R.M ... In addition to the local teachers, there are 38 Arabic teachers and 85 foreign students,” he said....

Student fined Dh5,000 for 'illegal photography' in UAE

Khaleej Times 21 May 2019
An Arab college student was fined Dh5,000 by the Abu Dhabi Court of First Instance after it found him guilty of taking pictures in 'restricted areas'....

Gulf Arab youths form volunteer group in Australia

Arab News 21 May 2019
Young Arabs from various Gulf countries have organized a volunteer group to spread Gulf culture and traditions in Australia ... Gargee’an is an activity that involves all ages,” Razan Al-Dossary, the founder of Wasel and a nursing student at South Australia University, told Arab News....

Islamic studies

Dawn 21 May 2019
But as a teacher, I have seldom found any practical outcome in students’ lives ... Resultantly, we see young doctors, teachers, lawyers and students agitating on roads for their professed rights. I suggest replacing Islamiat by basic Arabic grammar/ holy Quran comprehension subjects....

Oxford University to offer free year of study to disadvantaged students with lower grades

The Independent 21 May 2019
Libyans throw a newly graduated student into a fountain as they celebrate during the graduation ceremony for students from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the Al-Arab University in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi ... at the Al-Arab University in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi....