Arabic was adopted as a UN official language on December 18, 1973. To promote multilingualism and cultural diversity, UNESCO recognized December 18 as the World Arabic Language Day. To commemorate this day, Muslim American Leadership Alliance (MALA) is pleased to announce its part in honoring and celebrating the beauty, complexity, and significance of the Arabic Language, as well as Islamic arts.
Arabic food tasting will follow.
Professor Ronald G. Wolfe
Dr. Wolfe is the editor of Georgetown University’s 1964 Dictionary of Iraqi Arabic: English-Arabic and contributed to the Arabic-English edition. His professional career has been dedicated to foreign language study, Arabic lexicography, research, translation, university teaching, and international development. Dr. Wolfe influenced Ford Foundation’s interest in funding of the Children’s Television Workshop’s production of Sesame Street in Arabic.
Sughra’s art was on view from March 2016 to October 2017 in the Smithsonian’s Freer Sackler Galleries of Art, Washington DC, in the exhibit Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan. She specializes in traditional Afghan styles of art: miniature paintings traditionally made to illustrate texts like poetry, prose, or scientific writing; illumination which uses geometric and floral designs painted in color and gold; and calligraphy using Arabic and Persian text written in black or gold ink.
Lubna is a classically trained fine artist who works in mixed media. Strongly influenced by contemporary and classical calligraphy in Urdu, Arabic and Persian, her pieces include texts in these languages. She experiments with bold renditions of Islamic decorative forms such as the Shamsa, and teaches workshops and seminars on art and art history in various venues including the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries.
Sara is a native-Arabic speaker, Egyptian dialect, and has formerly taught Arabic at George Mason University and assisted in teaching Arabic at Rice University in Houston, Texas while finishing her Fulbright scholarship in Business Management. She writes articles on Philosophy and human rights in Arabic and English. Sara’s current career realms are within activism and social justice contexts where she analyzes domestic policies and makes policy recommendations to improve democracy and human rights.