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    Launch of the International Conference on the Dictionary and its Uses in Teaching Arabic at ICESCO Headquarters

    22 May 2024

    Today, Wednesday 22 May 2024, saw the launch of the International Conference “The Dictionary and its Uses in Teaching Arabic to Arabic and Non-Arabic Speakers: Assessment and Development,” organized by the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) and the Doha Historical Dictionary of Arabic Language Establishment, at the Organization’s headquarters in Rabat over a two-day period. The Conference saw high-level attendance, including ambassadors, representatives of accredited diplomatic missions in the Kingdom of Morocco, as well as experts and researchers from around the world.

    The Conference, which was convened in a hybrid mode, kicked-off with a recitation of verses from the Holy Quran, followed by a welcome speech by Dr. Majdi Bin Haji Ibrahim, Head of ICESCO’s Arabic Language Center for Non-Arabic Speakers, in which he shed light on the Conference’s importance, the context of its organization, and its objectives.

    During his opening remarks at the Conference, Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, ICESCO Director-General, emphasized the significance of the Conference’s theme, where sciences converge to serve the rich Arabic language and consolidate its global presence. His Excellency noted that the Doha Historical Dictionary of Arabic Language aims not only to preserve the language, but also to facilitate its understanding in an educational context, for study and research into scientific, intellectual, and social transformations, highlighting the vibrancy of the human community making use of this Dictionary.

    Dr. AlMalik pointed out that the communication and digital revolution prompts questions about the Dictionary’s ability to meet the intellectual, cultural, and scientific needs of youth. The Director-General praised Qatar’s contributions to the universality of Arabic, and, in particular, the Doha Historical Dictionary of Arabic Language, reviewing ICESCO’s diverse projects and programs in various fields of Arabic language promotion, and revealing its future plans in this regard.

    Dr. Azeddine Bouchikhi, Executive Director of the Doha Historical Dictionary of the Arabic Language, considered the organization of this Conference, which includes scholars and researchers from various parts of the world, a confirmation of ICESCO’s status as a beacon of cultural and civilizational influence, reflecting the efforts of the Doha Dictionary aiming to establish a dictionary that documents the transformations of the Arabic language over 20 centuries.

    He also stressed the necessity of planning linguistic and lexicographical projects that are feasible and executable, keeping pace with the scientific advancements in theoretical and applied linguistics. The conference presents 28 peer-reviewed research papers in a printed book in two parts totaling 700 pages.

    In his address, Dr. Mustapha Abou Maârouf, President of Sultan Moulay Slimane University in Beni Mellal, and representative of academic universities in the Kingdom of Morocco, praised ICESCO’s projects in the field of Arabic language for non-Arabic speakers, acknowledging the dedication of Arabic language scholars throughout generations, culminating in the commendable efforts of the Doha Historical Dictionary of the Arabic Language.

    Following the opening session, the Conference’s working sessions began on its first day, during which experts discussed several topics in three sessions, focusing on dictionaries and their educational uses for both Arabic and non-Arabic speakers.

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