The College of Arabic Language and Literature concluded the ten-day Arabic Language and Innovation Forum. The event was organized via a WebEx video conference, under the patronage of the President of Umm Al-Qura University, Prof. Moaddi bin Muhammad Aal Madh-hab, and with the participation of a group of specialists, academics, and researchers in the different fields of Arabic language and its sciences.
The forum included 20 different activities held during the morning and evening periods, such as: lectures, literary meetings, seminars, training courses, workshops, causeries, and showcases of considerable personal literary experiences, during which the Arabic language-lovers enjoyed the ample cognitive and creative shade and the shining star of the Arabic language with its aesthetics adorning the virtual world. During the events, the attendees savored the sweetness of poetry evenings and decorated themselves with knowledge in the campus of the College of Arabic Language and Literature.
The Dean of the College of Arabic Language and Literature, Dr. Yusuf Al-Sulami, stated that the college—in fulfilling its mission—is working to foster the cultural and cognitive reality of the Arabic language, preserve the refined status of the language of the Qur’an globally, promote its use, and enhance the Muslims' sense of belonging to it. Dr. Al-Sulami noted that the forum contributes to serving the Arabic language and its sciences, refining students' talents, and developing the spirit of linguistic creativity, in line with the ambitious national visions.
Moreover, the Dean of the College indicated that the forum covered topics on Arabic which included themes of creativity, the history of Arabic calligraphy and its stages of development, creative thinking in linguistic research, and the formation of the linguistic faculty and competences. The forum also tackled other topics on Arabic that dealt with effective language communication skills, how to enhance these skills, critical thinking, the rhetoric of arguments, listening skills and their effect on mental competence, in addition to other important topics on the Arabic language, its expressions, and their uses.
The forum was accompanied by a virtual exhibition that introduced linguistic creativity and its local, regional and international awards, in which models of creativity and biographies of the former winners of such prizes from among the affiliates of the College of Arabic Language were showcased.
During the forum, daily prizes were presented and cultural competitions were held to encourage and empower talented and creative students in the fields of linguistics and literary arts (stories, novels, poetry, prose, calligraphy, essay writing, and oratory). The forum also aimed to refine their talents by holding discussion sessions to acquaint them with distinguished models of talented and creative people, and to explain how to obtain local, regional and international awards.
It is worth noting that the forum attracted more than 7 thousand attendees in its activities, including: talented writers, thinkers, academics, researchers, interested persons, and seekers of knowledge, of whom 1566 were present at the opening ceremony, 2,242 attended the lectures that were held over the 10 days, 1475 followed the sessions, 787 joined the evenings and seminars, and 1184 attended the meetings and workshops.