Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to Egypt Abdullah Al-Rahbi
The theme of this year’s World Arabic Language Day, “The Arabic Language, a Bridge Between Civilizations”, is a call to reaffirm the important role of the Arabic language in connecting people through culture, science , literature and many other fields.
Abdullah Al-Rahbi, Oman’s ambassador in Cairo and its permanent representative to the Arab League, welcomed on December 26 a host of Arab intellectuals, poets and artists from Oman, Egypt, Yemen, Jordan, from Syria and Iraq at the cultural fair.
The show was animated by a performance by munshid (religious singer) Ahmed Saad El-Din.
Were present at the show Ahmed Darwish, professor of literature at Cairo University, the Yemeni poet Zein Al-Abidin Al-Dhubaibi, the artist Helmy Fouda, the poet Mahmoud Al-Gamaai, as well as the deputy director of the National Theater, artist Khaled Abdel-Salam, journalist Magdy El-Shazly, and the show was hosted by Iraqi poet and writer Abdel-Razzaq Al-Rubaie.
“Orientalists have expressed the difficulty of resisting the beauty of this language, its beautiful logic and its unique charm, as it resembles a pyramid carved from the alphabets of history and the experience of ancient human civilizations”, did he declare.
The Oman ambassador said there was an increase in demand around the world to learn the Arabic language and that South Korea had included it as a second language.
Professor Darwish spoke about the importance of this celebration organized by Oman, because “it is said that in the Sultanate of Oman, behind every stone there is a poet, they are all poets by nature”. He then concluded his presentation by reciting a poem which he translated from French into Arabic.
Poet Mahmoud Al-Gamaai spoke about his book, in which he collected several Omani readings from the Holy Quran, which he took 12 years to document.
Artist Khaled Abdel-Salam, deputy director of the National Theatre, recited a poem by Nizar Qabbani in a distinguished artistic theatrical style.
For her part, journalist Magdy El-Shazly warned that social media is destructive to the classical Arabic language, especially with writing on mobile screens.
At the end of the event, Ambassador Al-Rahbi compiled the fair’s recommendations for the preservation of the Arabic language into a booklet.
The Arabic language is a pillar of the cultural diversity of humanity. It is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, used daily by more than 400 million people. World Arabic Language Day coincides with the day in 1973 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted Arabic as the organization’s sixth official language.
In the diversity of its forms, classical or dialectal, from oral expression to poetic calligraphy, the Arabic language has given birth to a fascinating aesthetic, in fields as varied as architecture, poetry, philosophy and song. . It gives access to an incredible variety of identities and beliefs and its history reveals the richness of its links with other languages.
Arabic played a catalytic role in knowledge, favoring the diffusion of Greek and Roman sciences and philosophies in Renaissance Europe. It has enabled a dialogue of cultures along the Silk Roads, from the Indian coasts to the Horn of Africa.