Posted on April 04, 2017

The Center for Human and Social Sciences (CHSS) at Qatar University College of Arts and Sciences (QU-CAS) recently organized a seminar on “Arabic Linguistics in the light of the Semitic languages”.

The seminar aimed to provide students with the methods to read the inscriptions used in the Arabian peninsula before Islam and to use Arabic dictionaries, and to introduce them to the historical roots of Arabic language and calligraphy, as well as the inscriptions used in the Arabian peninsula since thousand years. Attending the event were CHSS Director Dr Kaltham Al-Ghanim, CHSS researchers, and CAS faculty and students.

The event’s program included two lectures entitled “Introduction to the study of Semitic languages )Zubor and Musnad scripts)” and “Introduction to the study of Semitic languages, Arabic and Semitic and the Arabic and Semitic dictionaries” delivered by CHSS Researcher Dr Mohamed Moraqtan and Associate Professor at CAS Arabic for Non-Native Speakers Center Dr Muntasir Al Hamad. It also included a workshop on “Reading Nabatean and Ancient Arabic Inscriptions” by Dr Muntasir Al Hamad. Highlighted topics focused on the origin of Arabic calligraphy and the difference between the various types of fonts such as Alphabetic, Photographic, and Numerical.

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Commenting on the workshop, CAS Dean Dr Rashid Al-Kuwari said: “This workshop aligns with the strategic objectives of Qatar University. It contributes to ensuring an active educational environment as pursued by Qatar University. Participants had an invaluable opportunity to get insight into the origins of Arabic language and its relation with the ancient languages ​​and scripts, especially Semitic languages. This is an excellent opportunity for students of linguistic studies to learn the basic aspects of the Arabic language origins.”

Dr Kaltham Al-Ghanim said: “This workshop is part of CHSS program to develop knowledge and research skills in the field of human sciences, which enriches the knowledge of faculty members and students. It provided participants with the opportunity to deal with real texts under the supervision of specialists in Semitic languages ​​and the origin of Arabic writing.”