GDC Bhaderwah hosts special lecture to mark World Arabic Language Day


BHADARWAH : Department of Arabic, Government Degree College Bhaderwah hosted a special lecture to mark World Arabic Language Day.

While welcoming the participants, Dr. Reyaz Nadwi said that this day commemorates the role Arabic language has played in promotion and dissemination of the science and philosophical knowledge during the ancient civilisations such as the Greeks and the Romans, and in facilitating the European Renaissance.

On the occasion, resource persons said that Arabic is at least 1,500 year old, as Classical Arabic originated in the sixth century. However, earlier versions of the language no doubt existed, including the Safaitic dialect- an old Arabic dialect used by the Pre-Islamic nomadic inhabitants of the Syro-Arabian desert, they said adding some of its inscriptions date back to the first century AD.

Faculty members who threw light on the Arabic language included Mushtaq Ahmed(Persian Deptt), Naz Zargar (HOD English Deptt) and Dr. Nazar ul Islam(HOD Islamic Studies).

Student speakers also expressed their views on the subject.

Calling it a pillar of the cultural diversity of the human race, they noted that Arabic is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, used on a daily basis by more than 400 million people.

Notably, the World Arabic Language Day is celebrated every year on December 18, which was first started in 2012 and the date coincides with the day in 1973 when the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted Arabic as the sixth official language of the Organization.

Other faculty members present in the event were Dr. Javed Iqbal HOD Urdu, Prof. Manzoor Ahmed, Zakir Ali PTI, Dr. Adil Zargar English, Dr. Showkat Ahmed Chemistry, Dr. Owais, Prof. Virender Singh English and others.

Later, Dr. Riaz Ahmed Nadwi thanked the participants and expressed satisfaction on the way the language is becoming popular in the society. He also informed that it is for the first time that World Arabic Language Day is being celebrated in the College.