IUST Hosts Arabic Translation Workshop
The workshop included experts from various universities
In recognition of the importance of translation in literary traditions, a five-day international workshop on “Arabic Translation: Theories and Praxis” organized by the Department of Arabic Language and Literature at the Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) began here on Monday. The workshop, which included experts from various universities, including Jamia Milia Islamia New Delhi, Hail University of Saudi Arabia, the University of Bejai Algeria, the University of Malang Indonesia, and the Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST),
In his remarks at the inaugural ceremony, IUST Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Shakil Ahmad Romshoo, who was also the Chief Guest on the occasion, praised the department for hosting such a timely workshop that addressed issues that are pertinent in today’s world. Through his presentation, Prof. Romshoo shed light on the significance of the Arabic language, both from a Quranic and a worldwide viewpoint. While acknowledging the historical significance of the language, he stressed the importance of offering diploma and other certificate programs in Arabic translation in order to contribute to the development of a pool of professionals who are fluent in the language.
Arabic is spoken as a second or foreign language by more than 400 million people worldwide as a second or foreign language. As a result, it is one of the most widely spoken languages on the planet. Prof. Romshoo explained that the Quran gave it significance that has lasted around 1400 years and that it is utilized far beyond the bounds of the Islamic world. He also emphasized the need to speak various languages in today’s world, as doing so will open up a plethora of professional opportunities for our young people.
Prof. Naseer Iqbal, Registrar of the International University of Science and Technology (IUST), also shared his thoughts during the session, emphasizing the importance of learning the role of Arabic and other languages in different spheres of life, as well as identifying opportunities in sectors such as tourism.
In this regard, he drew attention to the rich history of Kashmir, saying, “The linguistic and literary tradition of Kashmir has formed the socioeconomic setup of the people of Kashmir.”
In his keynote address, Prof. Habibullah Khan of the Department of Arabic at Jamia Milia Islamia in New Delhi, who was the event’s keynote speaker, emphasized the relevance of the Arabic language from the perspective of the labor market. Prof. Khan expressed his concern over common misconceptions regarding Arabic, saying, “Some cultures believe that Arabic is an ancient language that belongs to a specific religion, location, and theology, which is not accurate.”
Prof. Khan, who has worked as a translator for many international diplomatic and cultural events on behalf of India, stated that “Arabic-speaking countries are very important for India in terms of trade, business, and employment because we consider these countries our extended neighbors, which makes a focus on this language and our role as centers of teaching and learning significantly important.”
During the same time period, Dr. Munejah Khan, Associate Dean, School of Humanities and Social Science, also expressed her thoughts and ideas regarding the context and principles of translation in the sphere of arts and literature. She also made a connection between the theme and the goals outlined in the National Environmental Policy 2020 (NEP 2020), while praising the department for organizing such an informative session.
Dr. Inayat Rasool, Head Department of Arabic, had previously discussed the themes and focus of the workshop in his opening remarks and offered feedback on the amazing response received from participants from various universities in India and overseas. Professor Dr. Irfani Rahim, Senior Assistant Professor in the Department of Arabic, moderated the session, while Dr. Irshad Ahmad Mir proposed the Vote of Thank you.
Among those in attendance at the opening session were Dean Research, Prof. H. R. Naik, IC Librarian, and HoD Islamic Studies Dr. Afroz Bisati, Media Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor Dr. Monisa Qadiri, Director of the Hod Centre for International Relations, Dr. Athar ud-Din, faculty members, scholars, and students from the Department of Arabic language and literature, as well as representatives from other institutions from around the world who are participating in the workshops.