Arabic and Urdu in international perspectives

Syed Habibul Haq Nadvi

Abstract


This paper gives an overview of the development of Arabic and Urdu in South Africa up to
1984 when Indian languages as a school subject were introduced from standards two to
ten. It sketches the state of Indian languages at ·the various universities in the country and
proceeds to place these languages in an international perspective. From the article it
becomes clear that Arabic cannot be ignored by any scholar who seriously intends to
probe the problems of our times. In the last instance, the article focuses on South Africa
again, where Urdu, in particular, is flourishing, and where several poets have earned
widespread acclaim. It concludes that the future of Urdu in this country has never been
brighter.
Met hierdie artikel word 'n oorsig gegee oor die ontwikkeling van Arabies en Urdu in
Suid-Afrika, tot en met die instelling in 1984 van Indiese tale as skoolvak vanaf standerd
twee tot matriek. Die stand van hierdie tale aan verskeie plaaslike universiteite word
geskets en daarna word die lndiese tale binne 'n internasionale perspektief geplaas. Die
artikel stel dit dat 'n kennis van Arabies onontbeerlik is vir enige geleerde wat werklik die
probleme van ons tyd wil deurvors. In laaste instansie keer die perspektief terug na SuidAfrika,
waar vera! Urdu sterk groei en waar verskeie digters wye erkenning geniet. Die
gevolgtrekking is dat die toekoms van Urdu hi er te lande nog nooit beter was nie.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5785/1-2-504

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