Arabic language

Ministry organizes symposium on Arabic language and Qatari identity

Culture Minister HE Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Hamad Al Thani and officials at the symposium.

Doha: The Ministry of Culture, represented by the Department of Heritage and Identity, yesterday organized a symposium titled “Arabic Language and Qatari Identity”, to mark Arabic Language Day, which falls on the 1st March each day.

Head of the Historical Unit of National Day Celebrations Organizing Committee and Shura Council Member Khalid bin Ghanem Al Maadeed gave a lecture during the symposium held at the ministry headquarters in the presence of of Culture Minister HE Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Hamad Al Thani, as well as a number of ministry officials and people interested in the subject.

Speaking at the symposium, Khalid bin Ghanem Al Maadeed touched on a number of topics including the concept of the Arabic language in particular, the relationship between language and identity, and what is meant by identity and its levels.

He also spoke about the elements of national identity, which he defined as: human dignity, acceptance of others, work, science and time. He listed the pillars and components of Qatari identity, which are: language, religion and common history.

Council Member Shura also discussed a number of points, the most important being the preservation of identity in various spaces like at home, or with friends, and when browsing the internet. He then addressed a number of issues, the most important of which are language of instruction, Arabic language and identity, and foreign language education.

He pointed out that the Arabic language is the most important aspect of identity, and anyone who loses their language will certainly lose their identity, considering that the Arabic language and the homeland are two sides of the same coin, and the separating would tear the fabric. of identity, and leads to its dissolution and loss.

Al Maadeed listed the levels of identity including: individual identity, collective identity, and national identity, and that the more culturally homogeneous people are, the less there are differences between identities at these different levels ; adding that the more cultures are different in the same country, the greater the differences between these levels.

He noted that the elements of identity are formed from the apparent component, i.e. the tangible thing like language, and the intangible like architecture, behavior, food and clothing. , adding that they are shifting embodiments of identity.

As for the deep component, he noted, it includes a set of pillars such as religion, common history and land, which are cultural structures that are imbued in the formation of the societal fabric throughout the story.