The importance of nurturing and promoting the Arabic language was emphasized

In the presence of HE the Minister of Culture Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Hamad al-Thani, the activities of the series of seminars, organized by the Ministry of Culture in partnership with Qatar University (QU) and the Arab Center for Research and of Political Studies (ACRPS), continued on Tuesday with the third event.
A first of its kind in Qatar, the seminar series aims to enrich debate and dialogue on many cultural, intellectual and artistic issues.
Entitled ‘Has the status of the Arabic language declined in our societies?’ yesterday’s seminar was held at QU Law School.
The panelists were Dr. Ali Ahmed al-Kubaisi (Arabic professor at QU and member of the Scientific Council of the Doha Historical Dictionary), media personality Amal Arab and poet Abdul Rahman al-Dulaimi.
Journalist Mohamed Taher was the moderator.
Among the audience were cultural and academic elites and scholars, who enriched the seminar with their comments and questions within the framework of the discussed topic, especially with regard to the importance of the Arabic language and its link with society.
Dr. al-Kubaisi pointed out that the series of seminars is a good platform that provides an opportunity to exchange views on issues that strengthen the cultural movement.
It is strategic support for the Ministry of Culture.
“Answering the seminar question requires a scientific study that diagnoses the reality of the status of the Arabic language, with a sober scientific method, provided that it leads to results reinforced by facts.
In the absence of such studies, we have no choice but to resort to indicators which help us to make judgments dominated by personal opinion.
“It is possible to give in a few words the points of view on this regression which is due to three estimates: the first considers that the status of the Arabic language has deteriorated, but it is a temporary situation and which will disappear.
The second believes that the status of Arabic has deteriorated and considers this to be a dangerous issue.
The third believes that the status of the Arabic language is preserved by the text of the Holy Quran and the rule of the constitution.
“The difference between these three estimates is that the first and the second are based on the reality of using the Arabic language in various life situations, while the third quotes the Holy Quran and the constitution,” said the Dr. al-Kubaisi while explaining the manifestations of the declining status of the Arabic language in several points.
The first is the family environment, where the child does not receive what values ​​his acquisition of classical Arabic.
Second, education, which he noted that despite the development that has taken place on curricula in a number of Arab countries, the inherent weakness is still clear.
Third, he pointed out that the lack of awareness of the importance of the Arabic language resulted in concepts that led to the preference of foreign languages ​​over it. “Then the common saying that it’s hard to learn it.
The fourth factor is the low demand for reading in Arabic, as the West tends to prefer foreign books.
Fifth, we find that many Arab broadcast media use the local dialect as a means of communication with the public.
“Sixth, the social environment, where the prevalence of the use of the foreign language in many sectors of the Arabic environment indicates a decline in the Arabic language, especially with regard to advertisements and billboards.
Seventh, Arabic is not keeping pace with technological progress.”
Dr. al-Kubaisi spoke about the repercussions of the decline in the status of the Arabic language and its consequences.
He pointed out that this decline has negative consequences, the most serious of which is related to future generations, who may prefer a foreign language if they cannot find a way to connect to the Arabic language.
This adds to the trouble they may feel in their linguistic identity, he added.
The poet al-Dulaimi said in his presentation: “The question of the Arabic language and its place in society leads us to believe that there are strong obstacles to awareness that we hope to remove by finding the appropriate place for language, especially since language is the connecting bridge and the main entry point to awareness and knowledge.
“Research on language and its status is not limited to language as a single subject, but to a complex set of basic secondary cultural, social, political, economic and psychological factors.
The decline and advancement of the status of any language depends on the interaction of the members of its society in the creation and perpetuation of knowledge. moral reality.
The Arabic language has a great ability to provide a space or background to process all kinds of knowledge and necessary structures at the appropriate place and time in terms of formulation and meaning.
There are many proofs of his remarkable position and contribution to the history of world knowledge.”
The poet al-Dulaimi pointed out that the Arabic language is a very appropriate medium to meet societal needs.
There is no difficulty in adapting it for the benefit of society, especially its culture and its effective level of consciousness. “We are not establishing something new, but rather developing a language that is ingrained in us and authentic in nature, since the Arabic language has been written since time immemorial, regardless of our assessment of its position.” He called for the need to discuss language from the space through which the traits of its strength and beauty emerge, such as philosophy, scientific research, literature and the audiovisual arts.
The social aspects in which language affects both cognitively and morally should also be examined.
Media personality Amal Arab explained that there is no evidence to confirm or deny the Arabic language in terms of the availability of official figures. , families or within schools, or manifesting in the words of some officials,” she said.
The speaker then referred to the most important problems suffered by the Maghreb countries with regard to the status of the Arabic language, in particular in her country, Algeria.
She clarified in this context that what is said about the sovereignty of the French language was due to colonialism which has been prolonged for almost a century, and this is an issue which has prompted the government to make intensified efforts since the seventies to strengthen the status of the Arabic language. .
“It is true that some citizens of the Maghreb tend to use French in their speech, as in the colonial era, mosques were targeted in order to limit the teaching of the Arabic language.
From there, he began to close mosques and Koranic schools to prevent the teaching of the Arabic language, in order to eradicate it from his patriotism.
Many attempts have been made to Arabize the curricula and have indeed achieved good results in recent times.”
When it comes to common mistakes in the Arabic language, Amal Arab was of the opinion that speakers should keep learning lots of standard Arabic words, keep practicing them, and strive to be knowledgeable.
She also talked about some mistakes made by some media professionals, which indicate the low status of the Arabic language, pointing out that these types of mistakes can affect the ability to persuade the media discourse addressed to the public.
Those with weak language lack the sentences and language structures that help them present distinct media discourse, she added.
PULLQUOTE The poet al-Dulaimi pointed out that the Arabic language is a very appropriate medium to meet societal needs.
There is no difficulty in adapting it for the benefit of society, especially its culture and its effective level of consciousness. “We are not establishing something new, but rather developing a language that is ingrained in us and authentic in nature, since the Arabic language has been written since time immemorial, regardless of our assessment of its position.” He called for the need to discuss language from the space through which the traits of its strength and beauty emerge, such as philosophy, scientific research, literature and the audiovisual arts.
The social aspects in which language affects both cognitively and morally should also be examined.