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Feature: Displaced from their country, but not their culture, Syrian women are keeping memories of Syria alive among refugee communities by telling old tales and sharing stories.

Society: Oman has turned an academic connection with the Western world into an opportunity to promote cultural diplomacy, sponsoring scholarships for dozens of American students every summer, reports Austin Bodetti.

<em>Modern</em> <em>Standard</em> <em>Arabic</em> still 'leading language' for US Marines

The New Arab

Modern Standard Arabic still 'leading language' for US Marines

Modern Standard Arabic is still the leading language to learn for US Marines, despite a massive withdrawal of forces from Iraq in 2011.

Does teaching dialects hurt <em>Modern</em> <em>Standard</em> <em>Arabic</em>?

Hossam Abouzahr

Does teaching dialects hurt Modern Standard Arabic?

Comment: Given that dialects and Modern Standard Arabic currently coexist, how should we best teach Arabic ...

Preserving Syria's linguistic heritage internationally with new dictionary

The New Arab

Preserving Syria's linguistic heritage internationally with new dictionary

A hobbyist linguist is raising funds to create a multi-dialect Arabic dictionary made by Syrian refugees to help preserve their rich ...

Anisa Abeytia

Syrians in Europe: We've been here before

Comment: A Syrian refugee once ushered in a golden age for Europe, and with a supportive policy framework, today's refugees can invigorate European economies, writes Anisa Abeytia.

The New Arab

Top 'revolutionary phrases' for UN Arabic Language Day

We've put together a list of Arabic revolutionary phrases for UN Arabic Language Day, and for those wanting to learn the ...

Jonathan Wright

Remembering Sadat's assassination

Comment: 35 years ago, Jonathan Wright was sat in the grandstand as Egypt's president was shot. Here, he revisits the history of unfulfilled ...

Nada Ramadan

Qatar approves draft law to 'protect' Arabic language

In efforts to promote the use of Arabic language and protect cultural identity, Qatar's Cabinet has approved a new draft law on the ...

NaTakallam: pairing Lebanon's Syrian refugees with <em>Arabic</em> learners

Nada Ramadan

NaTakallam: pairing Lebanon's Syrian refugees with Arabic learners

Feature: With globally rising demand for Arabic lessons, and no shortage of Arabic-speaking refugees needing an income, an ...

Abdel Momen Mahhou

Berber theatre comes in from the cold in Morocco

Culture: Berber theatre, long overlooked and ignored by critics, is developing as a tradition in its own right within the wider context of ...

Algeria school language reform hits nationalist raw nerve

AFP

Algeria school language reform hits nationalist raw nerve

The country's education minister has called for Modern Standard Arabic to be introduced gradually to primary school ...

What's in a flag? Raising Jordan's red <em>standard</em> high

Paul Mcloughlin

What's in a flag? Raising Jordan's red standard high

Analysis: King Abdullah decided that the Hashemite flag - filled with Islamic symbolism - should be raised on army day, rather than the national ...

'Phoenician poet' Said Akl dies, aged 102

Al-Araby al-Jadeed

'Phoenician poet' Said Akl dies, aged 102

The famously controversial Lebanese poet died in hospital in his beloved homeland on 28 November.

<em>Arabic</em> music in 2014: Technology and the contemporary scene

Abdulhadi Ayyad

Arabic music in 2014: Technology and the contemporary scene

Contemporary Arab music - exemplified by Mashrou Leila - is loud, young, melodic and morally indignant.

Al-Araby al-Jadeed

'Phoenician poet' Said Akl dies, aged 102

The famously controversial Lebanese poet died in hospital in his beloved homeland on 28 November.

Abdulhadi Ayyad

Arabic music in 2014: technology and the contemporary scene

Contemporary Arab music – exemplified by Mashrou Leila – is loud, young, melodic and morally indignant.

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