Defying prejudice, more Americans learn Arabic|The language fares surprisingly well in the US as more students attempt to master it — Al Jazeera com

New York, United States – Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric tells one story about the modern day US. But, students painstakingly learning Arabic’s right-to-left script in classrooms across the country tells another. On World Arabic Day this December 18, Al Jazeera found Arabic is a surprisingly popular language in the US [James Reinl/Al…

Arabic Universal Language of the Muslim World — Aga Khan III

Speech by the late H. H. Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan III at a session of Motamer al-Alam-al-Islamiyya Karachi, Pakistan February 9, 1951 Mr. President Brother Muslims I can assure you that it is not with a light heart that I address you this evening. I fully realise that what I am going to…

Study on attitudes in "Post-migrant Germany"| Do you love Germany? — Qantara de article in English, German and Arabic languages

A new study entitled “Post-migrant Germany” set out to investigate attitudes on national identity in Germany. According to the results, these attitudes are ambivalent: people in Germany are open-minded, yet many in mainstream society have major reservations with respect to Muslim immigrants. By Claudia Mende ***** Read this article in Deutsch Studie “Deutschland postmigrantisch” |…

Qantara review 2014: Your favourite articles of the year — Qantara de

This year, roughly 450 English-language articles were published on Qantara.de. These articles covered a huge variety of topics from the civil war in Syria, the rise of IS, and the Gaza conflict to elections in Tunisia, Turkey, India and Egypt. We also took a closer look at Islamophobia in Germany and worldwide, integration in Europe,…

Armenian calligrapher’s work to be presented at NY exhibit — Pan Armenian Network

PanARMENIAN.Net – “Animating the Word: The Legacy of Iran’s Minority Calligraphic Traditions” will open on Wednesday, Dec 10 and run until Dec 30, ArtfixDaily reported. While Persian calligraphy and artwork is more familiar to most audiences, there are other rich traditions of calligraphy in the minority cultures of Iran. These traditions have inspired a genre…

Scholars call for laws to protect Arabic — Gulf News com

Arab countries urged to ensure that legislation related to the official language is implemented Shaikh Mohammad and Shaikh Nahyan in discussions with participants on the sidelines of at the two-day International Conference on Arabic Language at Al Bustan Hotel in Dubai. Dubai: Laws and legislations should be imposed by Arab countries to protect the Arabic…

Alphabets Shaped into Works of Art

Originally posted on ArtsIslamica:
To unravel one’s calling in life is the first step towards the making of an evangelist. For Muqtar Ahmad, one of India’s most renowned Arabic calligraphers, that moment of reckoning came at an early age when teachers in his village school at Ranjhol, near Hyderabad, praised him for his beautiful handwriting…

Watch three Videos by Prof. Stefan Wild on ‘The History of the Qur’an’, ‘The Language of the Qur’an’ and ‘The Qur’an Today’ – H.A.R. Gibb Lecture Series

Stefan Wild was from 1968 to 1973 director of the German Oriental Institute in Beirut/Lebanon, from 1974-1977 Professor at the University of Amsterdam, from 1977-2002 Professor of Semitic Languages and Islamic Studies at the University of Bonn and is now Professor Emeritus at Bonn University. He has written a study of Lebanese Place-Names, has worked…