KUALA LUMPUR– Students who are learning the Arab language in Malaysia but have no opportunity to go to Middle East should get exposed to the Arabian culture and heritage to help them further master the language.
Deputy Director (Policy Licensing) of Universiti Malaya’s Academy of Islamic Studies, Associate Professor Dr Ruzman Md Noor said the Arab language was closely related to its society and culture, and hence a deeper understanding of the language cannot be fully acquired without knowing the culture or tradition involved.
Such exposures will not only raise the command of the Arab language by the students but also enhance the students’ international relations with the relevant countries, he told Bernama at the sideline of the International Arab Language Festival held here recently.
The week-long festival which started last Friday was jointly organised by UM’s Academy of Islamic Studies and the embassies of eight Arab countries in Malaysia.
Among activities included an exhibition of the rich Arab heritage, debates, story-telling, poem recitals, forums and nasyid.
The event was officiated by United Arab Emirates Ambassador to Malaysia, Khalid Ghanim Mohammad Al-Gaith.