Wednesday 14th March
18:00 – 20:30 hours
Roberts G06 Sir Ambrose Fleming Lecture Theatre
Torrington Place (entrance via Malet Place)
University College London
UCLU AMSA in association with UCLU Arab Society presents “Arabic – The Mother of All Languages?”
What is the original language of Homo Sapiens, of which all other languages are derivatives? How did other languages derive from it and most importantly, is that original language still with us today?
Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (peace be on him) of Qadian in his book “Minan Ur Rahman”, declared that Arabic is that first language from which all other languages are derived.
He proposed a strong piece of evidence to support this claim by pointing to the highly organised system of “Mufradaat” possessed by Arabic. These “Mufradaat” are the so-called “root-words”, the “simples” or the elementary symbols of speech, which are the basis of all human articulation, and which are so varied and of such a comprehensive character as to serve the needs, not only of ordinary speech, but also the demands of all knowledge, religion, philosophy, culture and science.
Abdul Ghany Jahangheer Khan, French translator of the Holy Qur’an, will be presenting the theory that Arabic is the Mother of All Languages followed by a Q&A panel discussion with an Arab linguist (tbc) and Hani Taher, specialist in Arabic literature. The session will close with a recitation of Arabic poetry by Hani Taher.
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