Tag: Language

Rethinking language: “Islamism” as a dirty word

Much depends on whether one thinks “Islamism” is a dirty word. This is true for policymakers in the West and leaders in theRethinking Political Islam is an innovative initiative designed to generate and shape new public debate on how to think about Islamist movements after the Arab uprisings. Muslim world alike. As with the moniker “The Muslim Brotherhood,” the word “Islamism” is thrown about loosely and clumsily because it is an amorphous and contested term that reflects the worldview (perhaps deepest fears?) of whoever is using it more than any fixed reality. Those who are suspicious of “Islamism” almost always imagine it, along with “The Muslim Brotherhood,” to be some durable transnational network…more: brookings.edu

Forget French and Mandarin – Arabic is the language to learn, says the British Council

With more than 300 million people speaking it, no wonder the British Council is promoting its teaching in schools.The 10-year-old was looking at the card in front of him which showed an image of a fish. “Samak,” he said decisively..He and his classmates at Horton Park primary school, in Bradford, have been learning Arabic for three years now, courtesy of a drive by the British Council to boost the take-up of the language in state schools.His teacher, Saleh Patel – one of the few Arabic teachers working full-time in a British primary school – had told the class to link the pictures on the cards with the correct word in Arabic to describe them…more: independent.co.uk

World Arabic Language Day – 18 December

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UESCO) has declared 18 December as World Arabic Languagenumber system 2 Day.

Arabic is an official language of the UN and has been since 18 December 1973 when the UN General Assembly designated it as the sixth official language of the United Nations. Each of the official languages is celebrated with an international day and it was during its 190th session that the UNESCO Executive Board adopted a decision to celebrate 18 December of every year as World Arabic Language Day. MORE routesintolanguages