Qatari Minister of State Hamad al-Kuwari stressed that “protecting the Arabic language is a protection for the cultural security of society, and that cultural and national security is no less important than political and economic security.”
Doha A campaign was launched in Qatar to support and empower the language of Daad in society, emphasizing that any nation without a language of its own is a weak nation without identity, easy to contain, control and cultural domination.
The campaign – led by Hamad Abdul Aziz al-Kuwari, Minister of State of Qatar, President of Qatar National Library and former Minister of Culture – indicated that in the era of globalization and technological expansion, the Arabic language has become greatly threatened, stressing the need for educational institutions in society and local centers concerned with this language to have a pause. Urgent actor to stop its deterioration.
Under the hashtag “Together in Support of the Arabic Language,” the campaign stressed the responsibility of everyone in society to learn and spread the Arabic language, starting with the family, passing through the school, the media and other state institutions.
Our language is Arabic
and our present
and our future
No matter how hard we try to support it, we remain remiss
It is a trust in the necks
– Hamad Al-Kawari (@ alkawari4unesco) November 12, 2021
Cultural security protection
In conjunction with the huge campaign to support the language of Daad, the Qatari Shura Council referred the Law “Protecting the Arabic Language” to the Cultural Affairs and Media Committee to discuss ways to activate it.
Qatari Minister of State Hamad al-Kuwari – who was hosted by the council – stressed that “protecting the Arabic language is a protection for the cultural security of society, and that cultural and national security is no less important than political and economic security.”
He pointed out that the process of renaissance and development – which the Gulf states and the State of Qatar in particular – went through, necessitated the presence of many cultures and languages in society, and that this situation – despite the presence of positive aspects to it – there are negative aspects that should not be overlooked related to our position on these languages and cultures.
He stressed the importance of the role of the family and the mother in raising children and teaching them the Arabic language properly, and the importance of simplifying its education according to modern methods that wish to learn the mother tongue.
1: Thank you to the honorable Shura Council for inviting me to talk about activating the Arabic language
It is the seriousness in dealing with the Arabic language on an equal footing with issues that concern the homeland
And upon the desire of the honorable council to enlighten the specialists
Greetings to the Council President, Vice-President and members#Together to support the Arabic language@ShuraQatar pic.twitter.com/4KKJu1JqeX
– Hamad Al-Kawari (@ alkawari4unesco) November 15, 2021
In turn, Abdulaziz Al-Subaie, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the World Organization for the Protection of the Arabic Language, the former Minister of Education – who was also hosted by the Council – called for the intervention of the competent authorities to modify the course of teaching Arabic through practical measures, stressing that governmental and non-governmental agencies are responsible for implementing the law.
For his part, Professor of Rhetoric and Discourse Analysis at Qatar University, Dr. Imad Abdel Latif, says that campaigns in support of the Arabic language are important at various levels in our Arab world, explaining that they put the challenges faced by this language at the heart of public debate and provide an opportunity to realize the major risks it faces in a world heading towards Steady pace towards the overall dominance of the English language.
Abdul Latif added – in an interview with Al Jazeera Net – that these campaigns also gain importance from their role in clarifying the fact that the risks faced by the Arabic language have profound effects on the future of the Arabs. With the Arab identity with its values, ideals and heritage.
He explains that the child not only acquires English language skills, but unconsciously imbibes with it the values, ethics and beliefs rooted in this language, adding, “And wherever we turn our faces, we will find various traces of the conflict of identities with linguistic roots.”
A remarkable paradox
The professor of rhetoric and discourse analysis at Qatar University points out that the Arab Mashreq lived for a long time and did not suffer from radical problems in language policy, compared to some countries of the Maghreb that suffered from the penetration of the language of the colonizer, as was the case in Algeria.
He continues, “But during the last two decades, a remarkable paradox has emerged that deserves extensive research, societal and political attention. Some eastern countries have voluntarily chosen to adopt the language of the former colonizers, due to the claims of distorted globalization and dreams of emulating the Western model of life.”
Abdel Latif believes that Arab societies will suffer many crises due to the disruption of language policies, and their effects will not be limited to the field of communication only, but will extend to various aspects of society, some of which may have a radical impact on their future.
In conclusion, he expressed his hope that the campaigns calling for the support of the Arabic language would be an opportunity for calm reflection and extensive research on local and regional language policies in our Arab world.
In January 2019, the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, issued a law on the protection of the Arabic language, stipulating that all governmental and non-governmental agencies are obligated to protect and support this language in all activities and events that they carry out, and to use it in their meetings, discussions and in visual or audio advertisements. Or readable language, and that it be the language of instruction in public educational institutions, provided that private educational institutions are committed to teaching the Arabic language as an independent basic subject within their curricula.
And annually, the world celebrates the International Day of the Arabic Language on December 18, which is the anniversary of the decision of the United Nations General Assembly to adopt Arabic among the official languages of the international organization.