Ammon News – 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 has been celebrated annually on December 18 since 2012. The date coincides with the day in 1973 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted Arabic as the sixth official language of the Organization.
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.
World Arabic Language Day 2021: The Arabic language, a bridge between civilizations
The theme of this year’s World Arabic Language Day “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 areas.
The theme highlights the historical role of Arabic in the creation and transmission of knowledge, as well as in strengthening dialogue and building peace. For centuries, Arabic has been the common ground, the connector, which reflected the richness of human existence and provided access to many resources.
In increasingly globalized, digitized and multilingual societies, the 2021 theme takes on urgent relevance. It recognizes the evolution of the world and the imperative to strengthen the dialogue between nations and peoples.
“Over the centuries, Arabic has been at the heart of exchanges between continents and between cultures. (…) On this World Arabic Language Day, UNESCO encourages everyone to turn to the common roots of civilizations and to work for a more united world. “
Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director General of UNESCO.