Syria/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates  

4.2.5 Language issues and policies

The official language in the Syrian Arab Republic is Arabic, the dominating language on the cultural activity, practically speaking, based on clear political directives not only to support Arabic but also to adopt the classical Arabic and not the colloquial in all official media outlets and the other arts. Discussing the languages in Syria, we should also mention Aramaic which attracted the local attention lately and as a result of the Western interest. In mid-2013 Damascus University announced openings to hire professors to open a new section for teaching Aramaic at its Language Institute as the language is rare worldwide.

Chapter published: 06-05-2016