Arabic language

Experts explore the status of the Arabic language and ways to improve its position

Minister of Culture HE Sheikh Abdul Rahman bin Hamad Al Thani; Assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Lolwah bint Rashid Al Khater; the President of Qatar University, Dr. Hassan Rashid Al Derham; and other participants in the Arabic language seminar at Qatar University yesterday.

Doha: A seminar on the Arabic language was held yesterday as part of the “Seminar Series” organized by the Ministry of Culture, in partnership with Qatar University and the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies , which runs until March 31.

The seminar, which was held at Qatar University under the title “Has the Arabic language declined in our societies”, brought together the Minister of Culture, HE Sheikh Abdul Rahman bin Hamad Al Thani; Deputy Foreign Minister, HE Lolwah bint Rashid Al Khater; the President of Qatar University, Dr. Hassan Rashid Al Derham; a number of Qatar University faculty and students and guests. Dr. Ali Ahmed Al Kubaisi, professor of Arabic at Qatar University and member of the Doha Arabic Historical Dictionary, poet Abdul Rahman Al Dulaimi and media personality Amal Arab also attended the seminar. It was moderated by Muhammad Saleh.

At the beginning of the seminar, Dr. Ali Ahmed Al Kubaisi said: “Judging the declining status of the Arabic language in our societies requires scientific study and serious research to find the current reality through a scientific approach that leads to results. backed by real and credible facts.

In the absence of such studies, he said, “We have no choice but to depend on indicators and phenomena through which we can arrive at a judgment dominated by individual opinion.”

He added that there are three opinions in general about the declining status of the Arabic language. “One part believes that the status of the Arabic language has declined but according to them it will improve by the disappearance of its causes, and the second part believes that its status has declined and warns of the repercussions of this decline on the individual, society and nation. While the third believes that the status of Arabic is preserved by the text of the Quran and the rule of the Constitution,” Dr. Al Kubaisi said.

He said that the first and second opinions depended on the real reality represented in the use of the Arabic language in all areas of life, while those of the third opinion closed their eyes to this reality of use under the pretext of preserve Arabic in the Quran. year and the Constitution.

Dr. Al Kubaisi gave some reasons for the declining status of the Arabic language at present due to its exclusion from the places of use designated to it by using the local dialect or foreign language in its place, due family environment that does not support children’s use of classical Arabic as a substitute for dialects and foreign languages, and issues related to education and the impact of social media on writing and learning. incorrect expressions.

He indicated that other reasons are lack of awareness of the importance of Arabic, which has led to a preference for foreign languages, low demand for Arabic reading, adoption of many media in dialects premises, the widespread use of foreign languages ​​in many sectors.

Dr. Al Kubaisi warned of the serious repercussions of this decline, the most important of which are related to future generations of young people, the estrangement from the values ​​of society and the problem of identity. He proposed a set of measures that enhance the status of Arabic, the most important of which is the interest in strengthening the role of the family by providing the Arabic child with his eloquent language, developing curricula and methods of teaching and learning the Arabic language. at all stages of learning to ensure focus on learning and mastering various language skills.

Dr. Al Kubaisi also suggested changing the negative perception of the Arabic language and creating a linguistic awareness that appreciates its place in the life of the individual, society and nation, by organizing programs to improve the status of the Arabic language.