Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center Launches Unique Research Grants Program


Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: The Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center of the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT Abu Dhabi) has launched a pioneering fellowship program in the field of the Arabic language. As part of the Centre’s strategic planning, the one-of-a-kind program will support researchers and their studies through annual grants to advance academic discourse around the Arabic language and strengthen its presence in the Arab world and the world. .

His Excellency Saood Al Hosani, Undersecretary of DCT Abu Dhabi, said: “With its new grant program, the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center is stepping up its efforts to fulfill the important mission entrusted to it. by our wise direction, which is to preserve the Arabic language. language and strengthen its presence scientifically, culturally and socially as a major component of our national identity and pillar of civilizational progress. The Centre’s ambitions are broad and its reach is not limited to Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates. This latest initiative will enable the important work of academics and researchers from the Arab world and beyond, strengthening the reputation of the Arabic language and Arab cultural heritage in international forums.

His Excellency Dr Ali bin Tamim, President of the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center, said: From the world. To improve the academic discourse around the Arabic language and its rich history, it is essential that researchers have the tools and resources they need to successfully complete their studies, as it is thanks to their diligence and talent. that amazing new discoveries and cultural connections will be possible. do.”

Of the six projects, two relate to manuscripts and Arab heritage, the first of which is the edition of The collections of proverbs by Al Maydani, which will be published in four volumes. The new edition, based on handwritten copies that previous iterations of the Compendium have omitted, is extensive in its reading, explanations and documentation. The second is a revisit of a precious Andalusian literary work, The best of literature by Ibn Said, which includes 139 biographies of Andalusian poets, a detailed autobiography, and numerous poems, as well as quotes from important literary sources previously believed to be lost.

The other four projects selected are research studies. “Arabic and Aesthetics: An Aesthetic Reading of Lisan Al Arab, with a Glossary of Aesthetic Terms in the Lisan” studies the richness, diversity and breadth of aesthetic culture that abounds in ancient Arabic dictionaries. The often lengthy lexical explanations of these tomes are ripe for study, classification, and analysis, enabling researchers to identify aesthetic characteristics established in both the Arabic language and in Arab culture at large. In addition to research and analysis, the study includes a special glossary of aesthetic terms in Lisan al-Arab by Ibn Manzur, one of the largest and most important ancient Arabic dictionaries.

“Exploring the Foundational Principles of Discourse Analysis in the Arabic Linguistic Achievement” attempts to probe the depths of Arabic linguistic achievement, particularly with regard to textual practice, in order to document the contributions of Arab linguists in the fields of analysis of discourse and text analysis and establish the origins of what is called “linguistics of discourse”. The study aims to demonstrate the role of the early Arabic linguists in establishing principles which are considered, in modern linguistics, textual science and speech, the most important foundations on which the linguistics of speech rests.

“The influence of the Arabic language on other languages ​​and the influence of other languages ​​on Arabic” aims to demonstrate the global role of the Arabic language through an analysis of the mutual influence between it and other languages ancient and modern. The study will reveal the geographic, historical, civilizational, economic and political factors that have made Arabic a dominant language with strong international influence.

The fourth and final research project, “On the globalization of critical theory”, is divided into two parts: the first is devoted to the study of a very old model of critical globalization centered on The art of poetry by Aristotle, while the second follows a modern model that revolves around structuralism and its subsequent tendencies which fall under the banner of “post-structuralism”.

After their approval by specialized committees, the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center will publish these studies in a series of academic publications that will be accessible to the public.

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About the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center

The Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center, established following a directive from His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, under the Department of Culture and of Abu Dhabi Tourism, works to support the Arabic language. development and modernization through comprehensive strategies and frameworks, enrich the scientific, educational, cultural and creative contributions of the Arabic language, promote Arabic language proficiency and cultural understanding, and support Arab talents in the fields of writing, translation, publishing, scientific research, the arts, content creation and organization of book fairs. The Center strives to realize its fundamental vision through dedicated programs, human expertise and significant partnerships with the most prestigious technical, cultural and academic institutions in the world.

About the Ministry of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT Abu Dhabi) drives sustainable growth of Abu Dhabi’s culture and tourism sectors, fuels economic progress and helps achieve Abu Dhabi’s broader global ambitions Dhabi. By working in partnership with the organizations that define the emirate’s position as a premier international destination, DCT Abu Dhabi strives to unite the ecosystem around a shared vision of the emirate’s potential, coordinate efforts and investments, come up with innovative solutions and use the best tools, policies and systems to support the culture and tourism industries.

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