Our Language is Our History, Identity and Aspiration
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Our Language is Our History, Identity and Aspiration   

We read our history not to repeat but to build our future. And, we read other peoples' history not to imitate but to learn from.

When the Roman Empire collapsed around 476BC, the Church gained a political role and started stretching among the various tribes across Europe.

The Latin language was the language of the Roman Catholic Church. It dominated western and central Europe.  And since the church was the main resource of education, Latin was the language of the middle ages. However, the common people carried on using their own colloquial local languages. Such as the old English, the middle high German, the old Slavic, the old French and so on

Along with the disruption of the Church in the 16th century, the language has emerged as a political weapon. Sebastian Munster, the well known geographer, wrote in his Cosmography of 1552 : "Formerly regions were bounded by mountains and rivers....but today languages and lordships mark the limits of one region from the next, and the limits of a region are the limits of its language". And, if we look at Europe map today, we see that each country has its own language with few exceptions such as Belgium and Switzerland. Nevertheless, the authorities decide which language is going to be the official language of the state in case there is more than one language are spoken in one country

We could also see that in the early 19th century, the Italian peninsula was divided into small independent districts such as Naples, Sardinia, Parma, Modena and Tuscany. The inhabitants of all these districts spoke Italian, and as a result of many conflicts and wars all these districts were united under one country named Italy

And, from 1795 to 1918 there was no country called Poland - thought it has always been there for a thousand year- Poland was shattered among three empires, Prussia, Austria, and Russia. BUT,  the people of what had been Poland retained their language, customs, culture and their feeling of kinship with one another. And, when all those three empires defeated in the First World War, Poland had been born again and her limits were the limits of her people's language

We are the Arabic-speaking peoples in despite of our races, ancestors, colours, disputes, and disasters, our language brings us together. Our language is our history, identity and our aspiration

Purify our Arabic language from any intrusive, exotic and queer. Be proud of and flaunting of your Arabic language, the deeply-rooted Semitic language. The language of your mothers, fathers and grandfathers. A Language hangs on, lives and survives when peoples are defeated, shattered, humiliated, intimidated, and undignified.

Bassam Eleiwi     

 

 


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Name : Dima Date : 2013-04-28 07:45:31
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