The 2nd International Conference on the Arabic Language is being convened in Dubai under the provocative theme: "Arabic Language in Danger: All Are Partners in Protection".
The international conference is organised by the International Council for the Arabic Language in cooperation with UNESCO, and the Association of Arab Universities.
The conference will discuss all issues pertaining to the Arabic language, especially in the areas of education, sciences, arabicisation, translation, labour market, management, technology, industry, culture, media, art, tourism and others.
Over a thousand delegates from seventy countries are participating in the conference, which focuses on the protection of the Arabic language from the danger of negligence and oblivion amidst globalisation taking place in most countries of the world, especially the Arab countries.
Speaking about the gradual marginalization of Arabic in the UAE, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE's Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, opened the conference with the remark: "Our duty towards the language of the Holy Quran is to grant it the natural status it deserves in historic, social, cultural and educational spheres."
He also stressed that this had to be in the context of: "policies based on solid foundations of tolerance in Islam, and the UAE's constitution, history, heritage and culture as well as socio-economic reality."
He added: "The danger is not targeting the language as a means of learning, scientific research, translation or publishing; rather, as I see it, it lies with keeping the language away from its natural place in schools, government offices, banks, factories, media and advanced sciences and technology."
"The danger", he concluded, "lies with raising a new generation commanding foreign languages and neglecting their mother tongue."
Sheikh Nahyan also cited the adverse impact that social networks have on the language.
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Reproduced with permission from Islam Today