Sheikh Sultan unveils 19 new volumes of the historical Corpus of the Arabic language
Sheikh Sultan publishes 19 new volumes of the historical Corpus of the Arabic language in Sharjah on Tuesday. — Photos provided
His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, on Tuesday announced a charitable endowment dedicated to supporting Arabic language academies.
Sheikh Sultan was attending a release ceremony for 19 new volumes of the historical Arabic Corpus at the Arabic Language Academy (ALA) in Sharjah. Representatives of 14 major Arabic language academies from 12 countries were also present.
The 19 new volumes of the Historical Corpus of the Arabic Language cover four Arabic letters; haha, khaa, dal and talwhich have been added to the existing 17 volumes which focus on 9 letters from hamza until tal.
The Corpus, a one-of-a-kind project to chronicle 17 centuries of Arabic language development, now has 36 volumes in total, each designed and published by Al Qasimi Publications. This unprecedented historic achievement reflects the efforts of the Ruler of Sharjah to support and foster the growth of the Arabic language.
Sheikh Sultan hailed the efforts of representatives of Arab academies in producing the Historical Corpus, saying it is one of the essential tools that nations should rely on to promote the language. He stressed the importance of language academies to protect, preserve and promote the Arabic language and to grant Arabic its rightful place in studies, research, education and learning.
Sheikh Sultan stressed the importance of creating special centers run by their respective academies, as a sustainable resource to strengthen the presence of the Arabic language in the Arab world.
He also spoke of the unprecedented efforts to support Arabic language learning in Sharjah which led to the founding of Al Qasimia University in Sharjah.
Sharjah Ruler with representatives of Arabic language academies from various countries.
“We established Al Qasimia University here in Sharjah. Students from all over the world graduate here every year, including from Japan and the Americas,” said Sheikh Sultan.
“We have created institutions dedicated to the Arabic language and issued decrees and laws to protect and guarantee that these institutions will not be in vain, and to also engage lovers of this language in its promotion,” he added. .
The Ruler of Sharjah concluded by elaborating on the rich and authentic history of Sharjah, as mentioned in a report written by a statesman sent by Alexander the Great to Persia in 331 BCE. He highlighted the enduring role of Sharjah and its people in enriching Arabic language, literature and poetry and in sustaining and spreading knowledge over the centuries.
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A number of participants from the Arabic language academies expressed their appreciation to Sheikh Sultan for the continuous efforts to strengthen and elevate the role of the Arabic language. They said that through the vision and close monitoring and under the guidance of the Ruler of Sharjah, the historical corpus of the Arabic language came to fruition after being a dream for decades and enriched the status of Sharjah as a world class culture and culture destination. Language.
Sheikh Sultan unveiled the first 17 volumes of the historical Corpus of the Arabic language at the opening ceremony of the Sharjah International Book Fair last year, along with the official Corpus website which makes it easy for users to access. to a variety of its resources.
Researchers can read the volumes, search for the entries and roots of each word, browse the digital platform that was created to access the Historical Corpus online, explore the bibliography of the books that were consulted to write the initial set of volumes , and also refer to the list of editors, linguists, experts and officials of Arabic language academies in the region who have worked on this important project.