The eighth seminar by the Muslim Council of Elders at the Cairo International Book Fair took place at the Council’s stand at the Egypt International Exhibition Center. The seminar was titled ‘Tips for Arabic Students’ and presented by Ivorian scholar and Al-Azhar graduate Shaykh Faozi Konate. The seminar explored the importance of the Arabic language for researchers and students in academia.
During the seminar, Shaykh Konate remarked that the Arabic language is a means of knowledge and comprehension that affords a person the ability to grasp both his own language and that of others. Additionally, he highlighted how crucial it is for scholars and students of Arabic to study the 12 sciences of the language.
The Ivorian scholar also noted that academics unanimously agree that learning and absorbing any academic field should begin with research in the Arabic language before moving on to the field itself. He also referenced a number of intellectuals, like Al-Baqalani, Al-Ramani, and Al-Khattabi, who wrote about Arabic before writing about their respective fields of expertise. He concluded by emphasizing the significance of Arabic language studies and specializations for students and researchers.
The Council’s participation at the Cairo International Book Fair comes as part of His Eminence the Grand Imam’s vision of promoting dialogue and spreading tolerance and peace globally as well as building bridges of cooperation with people of all backgrounds. The Council’s participation at the Cairo International Book Fair is located in Hall 4 next to the Al-Azhar stand at the Egypt International Exhibition Center.