Welcome to the Arabic Language Discussion Forum

Being a retired professor of Arabic and Linguistics, I have elected to publish an archive on how the Arabic language is used in America and across cultures.

I hope to establish a dialogue with people interested in the language, the teaching of the language, the learning of the language, and the interaction of Arabic and English while learning the language.

I am also interested in having a discussion as to the use of Arabic within the contexts of globalization.

Arabic is very much a language that binds a culture and defines a people. This blog is dedicated to understanding how American use, learn, and teach the Arabic language, and how Arabic, in Arab countries has been impacted crossculturally.

Jun 19, 2010

The Emerging Arabic Encyclopedia

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This is an informative post I thought might be of interest to those dealing with the Arabic language or need general information given in Arabic.

The Egyptian TV channel al masriya, had an interview with Dr. Nayel al Shafi’I the founder of the Arabic Encyclopedia, al marefa (6/10/2010).

In my opinion al marefa is somewhat similar to Wikipedia, but in Arabic.

Al marefa was founded in 2007. Presently, it consists of 2, 409,583 pages, and incorporates 75,665 articles.

During the interview, the TV investigative reporter stated that such an encyclopedia would be useful to those “devoted to the Arabic language.”

If I may, I would like to suggest to those viewing this blog to bookmark the site www.marefa.org. You will be exposed to a large number of interesting topics.


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