Germany contributing to an online dictionary called “Arabterm”, compiling technical terms in Arabic, English, French and German — D and C .EU / Qantara de article

***** Read this article in Deutsch: “Arabische Sprache” – Bessere Verständigung ***** The Arabic language, A better understanding — Qantara de Arabic is spoken in 22 countries, but people from different countries don’t necessarily understand each other. The language is split up into numerous dialects, some of which are mutually unintelligible. The Arab spring went…

Arab Comics: From Micky Mouse to Handala — Qantara de article by Anna Gabai

While Mickey Mouse is shrill and colourful, Handala’s stories are told in black and white. The Arab comic is an artistic and multifaceted form of expression. As well as being popular with children, it is also educational and it serves as vehicle for political criticism. Report by Anna Gabai Comics are currently experiencing a revival…

A Look at the Root Causes of the Arab Revolution: Rising Literacy and a Shrinking Birth Rate – Spiegel Interview with French social scientist Emmanuel Todd

AFP In a SPIEGEL interview, French social scientist Emmanuel Todd discusses the demographic roots of the Arab revolution, which he argues was spurred by rising literacy and rapidly shrinking birth rates. He also muses on the ghost of Osama bin Laden, arguing “al-Qaida was already dead,” and on why he believes Germany is not a part of the…

IIS Hosts International Conference on Science and Philosophy – IIS news

The Institute of Ismaili Studies hosted a bi-lingual French/English conference on ‘Science and Philosophy in Classical Islamic Civilization’ from 3-5 December 2010. The event corresponded with the 8th bi-annual Société Internationale d’Histoire des Sciences et de la Philosophie Arabes et Islamiques (SIHSPAI) international colloquium held in Paris at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique…

Aga Khan spoke for Arabic as solution – The Daily Star News

Syed Badrul Ahsan Ratan Lal Chakrabarty, like Badruddin Umar, has done truly commendable scholarly work on the language movement, per courtesy of course of Bangla Academy. His extremely informative Bhasha Andoloner Dolilpotro (Documents of the Language Movement), published in 2000, will remain remarkable for the meticulous way in which he has unearthed a number of…