WORLD ARABIC LANGUAGE DAY 18 DECEMBER 

The Arabic language is one of the pillars of the cultural diversity of mankind. It is one of the most widely used languages ​​in the world, spoken daily by more than 400 million people.

Arabic speakers are distributed between the Arab region and many other neighboring regions such as Turkey, Chad, Mali, Senegal and Eritrea, as Arabic is of paramount importance to Muslims, as it is a sacred language (the language of the Qur’an), and prayer (and other acts of worship) in Islam are only performed by mastering some of its words. Arabic is also a major ritual language in a number of Christian churches in the Arab region, where many of the most important Jewish religious and intellectual works in the Middle Ages were written (1) .

The Arabic language allows entry to a world full of diversity in all its forms and images, including the diversity of origins, stripes, and beliefs. Limited engineering, poetry, philosophy and singing. Arabic has prevailed for many centuries of its history as the language of politics, science, and literature. It has affected, directly or indirectly, many other languages ​​in the Islamic world, such as: Turkish, Persian, Kurdish, Urdu, Malay, Indonesian, Albanian and some other African languages ​​such as Hausa and Swahili, and some European languages, especially Mediterranean ones. As Spanish, Portuguese, Maltese and Sicilian.

In addition, it acted as a catalyst for the production and dissemination of knowledge, and helped to transfer Greek and Roman scientific and philosophical knowledge to Europe in the Renaissance. It also allowed for the establishment of intercultural dialogue along the land and sea routes of the Silk Road from the coast of India to the Horn of Africa.

In the context of supporting and promoting multilingualism and multiculturalism at the United Nations, the United Nations Department of Global Communication — formerly known as the Department of Public Information — adopted a resolution on the eve of International Mother Language Day to celebrate each of the six official languages ​​of the United Nations. Accordingly, it was decided to celebrate the Arabic language on December 18, being the day on which General Assembly resolution 3190 (XXVIII) of December 18, 1973, concerning the inclusion of the Arabic language among the official and working languages ​​of the United Nations.

The purpose of this day is to raise awareness of the history, culture and development of the language by preparing a program of special activities and events.

Celebration of 2021The theme of the celebration is “Arabic Language and Civilizational Communication”

The theme of this year’s World Arabic Language Day is “The Arabic Language and Civilizational Communication”, and it is considered as a call to reaffirm the important role that the Arabic language plays in building bridges of connection between people on the rise of culture, science, literature and many other fields.

The purpose of this topic is to highlight the historical role played by the Arabic language as a tool for the creation and transmission of knowledge, as well as as a means for promoting dialogue and laying the foundations for peace. Over the centuries, the Arabic language has been the common pillar and link that embodies the richness of human existence and provides access to many resources.

The theme of 2021 is of great importance in societies where globalization, digitization and multilingualism are on the rise, as it recognizes the changing nature of the world and the urgent need to promote dialogue between nations and peoples.

He who filled languages ​​with virtues made beauty and its secret in the opposite

– Ahmad Shawqi

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Artistic manuscript by Tunisian calligrapher Karim Jabbari

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