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All you need to know about… Arabic Language *

No language more beautiful than Arabic! Arabist Jan Jaap de Ruiter will explain and convince you why. (language: English)

Program information
Date Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Time 13:00-14:00
Location Black Box, Esplanade Building, Tilburg University
Admission Free entrance
Speaker Dr. Jan Jaap de Ruiter is arabist at the Department of Culture Studies and at the Language Center, Tilburg University
Contact Has Klerx (Academic Forum).
Organization Academic Forum
*Certificate This activity may count towards the Certificate Academic Forum

The mysterious world of Arabic

No language more beautiful than Arabic! Immediately from the start of his studies of Arabic, Jan Jaap de Ruiter was fascinated by virtually all of its characteristics; its sounds; its words; its grammar; and in particular its letters and writing. In this lecture, he hopes to convey his enthusiasm to you and to draw you into the mysterious world of Arabic. De Ruiter will look with you at the language, listen to it and, why not, try to pronounce some of its most salient words.


Hereunder a song from the famous mystic Mansur al-Hallazj (858-922), scroll down for the translation.

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I swear to God, the sun has never risen or set without Your love being entwined with my breath; Neither have I confided in anyone except to talk about You.

Never have I mentioned Your name in gladness or in sorrow, Unless You were in my heart, wedged in my obsessive thoughts.

Nor have I touched water to quench my thirst without seeing a glimpse of You in the glass.

Were it possible for me to reach You I would come to you at once, crawling on my face or walking on my head.

I say to our minstrel that if he is to sing, let him sing about my grief at the harshness of his heart.

What cause have the people to foolishly blame me? They have their own faith and I have mine. 

Learn more Arabic

If you became enthusiastic after this lecture, you can learn more at the language center of Tilburg University. Surf for more information to:

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When: 05 June 2018 13:00

End date: 05 June 2018 14:00