Sharjah: His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, on Tuesday opened the 40th edition of Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF), organised by the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), at Expo Centre Sharjah, in the presence of Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah.
Themed ‘There’s always a right book’, the 11-day event sees the participation of 1,632 Arab and foreign publishing houses, hosts 85 books and brings together a stellar gathering of Arab authors, intellectuals, poets and artists from around the world.
Dr. Sheikh Sultan, who is also President of the Arabic Language Academy in Sharjah, also launched the first 17 volumes of the ‘Historical Dictionary of the Arabic Language’.
The dictionary is the biggest Arabic linguistic knowledge and information project that documents the history of Arabic language lexicons and their usage transformations over the last 17 centuries.
It not only provides history, origins, meanings, and explanations of words, but also documents the history of the nation, preserves its civilisation, and celebrates the achievements of Arabs. It describes the words, the definition of the semantics of words according to their historical contexts and their etymology.
Dr. Sheikh Sultan also announced that the dictionary will be available on a dedicated website and an app.
The dictionary introduces to the new generation the history of their grandparents, their regions and historical events in which it may pave to carry out larger and deeper historical and linguistic studies. The dictionary connects the new generation with the history of the nation through the precious language, which preserves the tradition, values and the history of the nation.