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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More time, less tests: Israeli matriculation exams change due to COVID

The Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2021
Despite the coronavirus lockdown that will continue at least until the end of January, students in 11th and 12th grades will be allowed to attend their exams.  ... For Druze and Arab students, adjustments will include giving students more options on tests and a change in how grading is done....

Togo Mizrahi: The stateless pioneer of Egyptian cinema

The New Arab 21 Jan 2021
Like many Arab Jews just before and after the occupation of Palestine, Togo Mizrahi was alleged to be a Zionist, accusations that the Palestinian cinematographer Nasri Hajjaj deems "groundless." ... Giovanni Vimercati is a freelance film critic and a graduate student at the American University of Beirut ... The New Arab Book Club....

The Biden era: What do Arabs expect?

Arab News 20 Jan 2021
Biden’s advisers would be well advised to listen to the views from the Arab region in shaping the new administration’s Middle East policy ... The executive order created an environment of fear among students from Arab countries, driving many to seek higher-education options in Europe....

Israeli novel becomes first to be translated into Arabic in Morocco

The Jerusalem Post 19 Jan 2021
Gabriel Bensimhon, has become the first Hebrew book to be translated into Arabic in Morocco this month, and will be soon sold in Moroccan bookstores, in what can be considered as a noteworthy achievement ... Bensimhon's book into Moroccan Arabic is an additional tier towards renewed comradeship". ....

A Brazilian instructor in the Arab Code Week

MENA FN 19 Jan 2021
(MENAFN - Brazil-Arab News Agency (ANBA)) p>S�o Paulo � The Arab Code Week is designed to promote education in programming to students and instructo... ....

Corporate Arab managers

The Jerusalem Post 18 Jan 2021
In its early years, Kav Mashve focused on outreach to Arab high school students, to help them with preparation for higher education and, together with the government’s Council on Higher Education, operating career centers for Arab students on university campuses....

Saudi students compete to design KSA’s cultural buildings

Arab News 18 Jan 2021
Saudi students will compete to design cultural buildings as part of a ministry-led initiative to identify and hone in on young talent in the Kingdom ... The first competition requires students to design public libraries in various Saudi cities ... Architecture students from eight Saudi universities will be able to take part in the competition....

Emirates literature fest organisers rubbish data breach claim

Gulf News 18 Jan 2021
Dubai ... Offered price ... In order to uncover the racket, Gulf News contacted AVA Rapport posing as a potential buyer ... Dubai private school students ditching online classes to return to lessons on campus Social interaction can help Arabic language learners, UAE academy says COVID-19. Ministry defers in-person classes for secondary school students in UAE ... ....

Social interaction can help Arabic language learners, UAE academy says

Gulf News 17 Jan 2021
Since its inception in 2018, the ALA’s Arabic ... The centre offered a package of special learning hours to non-Arab students from AUS and received 22 students from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, who were hosted in Sharjah for a month-long immersive course last January....

School Materials Celebrate Jihad and Martyrdom — and Erase Israel

The Algemeiner 17 Jan 2021
the NGO that reviews textbooks in the Arab world, has found UNRWA school materials for use by students during times of emergencies, and they were distributed for students learning from home during the pandemic ... Students are given an artist’s illustration of Muslims leaving Spain ......

COVER STORY | Meet Iman Jodeh, Colorado's first Muslim and Palestinian-American lawmaker

Colorado Politics 17 Jan 2021
Her mother was a translator at Denver Public Schools for immigrants and refugees from Arabic-speaking countries; her father spoke to college and high school students about the Middle East; and both tried to educate non-Muslim communities about their religion and heritage....

Anti-Vaxxers Are Targeting Ethnic Minority Communities With Wild Conspiracy Theories

Vice 15 Jan 2021
Amal Ahmed, a 21-year-old member of the British Arab-African community, ... Laila, an 18-year-old gap-year student currently living in the outskirts of Greater Manchester and a member of the Arab community, says social media is her main source of news for anything related to COVID-19....

BDS Continues to Fizzle Out

The Algemeiner 14 Jan 2021
Yes, BDS advocates continue to make noise on college campuses, but they have been just as ineffectual as the Palestine Solidarity Movement that came before and the various Arab student groups that preceded them ... Much of the support for students today is an outgrowth of the hysteria when it seemed BDS was gaining a foothold on campus....