Globalsiation: a new threat to the Arabic Language: Nahyan

WAM Dubai, 8th May 2013 (WAM) — The UAE gives high priority to the Arabic language and has effective, crystal-clear policies based on solid foundations of the tolerance of Islam, and the UAE’s constitution, history, heritage and culture as well as socio-economic reality, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, said today.

”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,” Sheikh Nahyan told the Second International Conference on Arabic Language held in Dubai under the theme: “Arabic Language in Danger: All Are Partners in Protection”.

Commenting on the theme of the conference, Sheikh Nahyan said the Arabic language is still a living one in our daily lives; from schools to mosques, media to businesses and laws.

Sheikh Nahyan noted that the Arabic Language is still appealing to increasing numbers of non-Arabic learners at a time when more centres have been established across the world to teach and promote the language.

”The Arabic Language is widely used but not up to the mark of expectations of enthusiasts and lovers. And here lies the motive behind the saying ”Arabic Language may be in danger’,” Sheikh Nahyan said.

”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,” he remarked.

”The danger”, he went on to say, ”lies with raising a new generation commanding foreign languages and neglecting their mother tongue.” Sheikh Nahyan warned that globalisation is another threat to the Arabic Language, citing the adverse impact of social networks on the language.

”The real danger is in turning a blind eye to the findings of research and studies recommending promotion of the language, and its role in the development and progress of the individual and groups. Adopting sterile curricula and learning methods are among many threats to our language,” Sheikh Nahyan explained.

He said the conference would provide a positive start for setting every thing in order.

He expressed his hope that the conference would come up with constructive recommendations which will clearly define roles and responsibilities of individuals and groups, government and non-government organisations, and Arab countries.