ISESCO calls on Member States to double efforts to promote Arabic language
ISESCO in a communiqu? released on the occasion of the World Arabic Language Day (celebrated on December 18th of every year) highlighted the role of Arabic in the enhancement of cultural life and advancement of human civilization.
The communiqu? explained, "The Arabic language, with its inner workings, is appropriate for all in all circumstances and all areas of life: namely, sciences, technology, administration, commerce, industry, community activism, culture and creativity." ISESCO further stressed the necessity to give prior attention to the Arabic language in teaching and training curricula in all subject areas and at all levels of study, in its being the receptacle of the Muslim identity and the basic element in preserving the Arab Islamic culture.
Greater efforts are therefore needed to advance the Arabic language to best suit development requirements in Muslim communities within sustainable, comprehensive development perspectives, the communiqu? went on.
ISESCO also pointed out, "Arabic Language Day is celebrated on 18 December, the date on which Arabic became an official language of the UN system." The decision to celebrate an international day for the Arabic language, ISESCO explained, is a clear indication that Arabic is recognized by the international community as an essential to linguistic rapprochement, cultural dialogue and the alliance of peoples and nations from all civilizations.
Special emphasis was placed by ISESCO on modernizing educational system with respect to cultural and linguistic diversity, as well as on strengthening attachment to Arabic as the medium through which the Arabs have greatly contributed to the advancement of human civilization throughout history. Hence the potential influence Arabic could have in economic, scientific, technological and other areas of human achievement, ISESCO further underlined.
ISESCO also stressed that Muslims have the collective duty to raise the standard of Arabic, not alone as the language of the Holy Quran, prophetic tradition and worship in Islam, but also as the conduit for the advancement of the Muslim world civilization.