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Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Al-Azhar in Africa

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The relationship between Egypt and Africa has been described in the books of history and Archaeological studies as stretching deep into history since the era of the Pharaohs until today. Queen Hatshepsut visited some areas in East Africa in the fifteenth century A.D., and a Paranoiac Egyptian delegation was entrusted to make a tour around Africa in the era of King Nixau in the sixteenth century A.D. Such relations lasted throughout history. Scholars of Al-Azhar have played a prominent role in spreading the Arabic Language, and moderate Islam in a big number of African countries in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Some East-African and West-African universities have received professors from the African Languages Department to teach Arabic and help in evaluating Arabic exams and curricula.



African Languages Department




In the process of Egyptian openness to Africa, Al-Azhar inaugurated the African Languages department in 1967 to teach the most prevailing languages in Africa, that is, Swahili, and Amharic in East-Africa, and Hausa and Fulfulde in West-Africa, this activity lasted until now in 2017. The aim was to acquire knowledge of the literatures and cultures of the African Peoples, and to introduce moderate Islam to them with the aim of correcting the misconceptions about Islam that defame the Islamic Culture and lead to radicalism. The dept. held an academic conference on "African Affairs" in 2016 entitled "Africa and communication of civilizations". The main axes focused on :History, Civilization, Literature, and Languages. A good number of ambassadors, Egyptian and African researchers, those who are concerned with African affairs from the Egyptian and African universities, graduates who work in the media have participated in the conference. In cooperation with UNESCO, Arab League, ISESCO, European Union, and Ministry of Higher Education, some members of staff of the department participated in organizing two conferences in 2004 and 2006 on "The image of the Arab-Islamic Culture in the European textbooks of History", and contributed a good number of researches to them. Members of Staff of the Dept. have also participated with researches in many conferences relating to African Affairs inside and outside Egypt, among them are:




Exchange of Students' visits

The department encouraged and helped some of its students to take a brave step to travel to Zanzibar in the summer vacation for two years 2008/2009 for practicing Swahili in the field. So the dept. hopes to continue students exchange between Al-Azhar university and other African universities in East and West of Africa within the frame of youth activeties among African youth organization.

Academic missions

The department staff Travelled to many universities in East( Kenya- Tanzania) and West(Nigeria-Senegal) of Africa for helping in teachind Arabic Language and Literature.


Translation activities

- The Department has translated the meanings of the Ever-Glorious Qur'an into Swahili, revised many translations of the Qur'an which were submitted to the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and Muslim Academy, and translated another book entitled: "I am a Muslim" to Swahili, Hausa, Amharic, and Fulfulde languages.

- The Department also translates the Fatwas issued by the Egyptian Fatwa Academy into Swahili through a joint project between the Fatwa Academy and the Department.

- The Department's Members of Staff and the Junior Staff participated in establishing, and working in Al-Azhar Monitor for fighting extremism in Swahili.

- The Department's Members of Staff, Junior Staff, and graduates participated in Al-Azhar Centre for translation; Swahili unit.

- The Department's Members of Staff are working on a joint project with the Egyptian National Centre for translation for translating some major literary works from African Languages into Arabic.


مجال التدريس

يقوم أعضاء هيئة التدريس بقسم اللغات الإفريقية بتدريس المناهج الدراسية المختلفة للطلاب بجامعة الأزهر والجامعات المصرية الأخرى المهتمة بالشأن الإفريقي في تدريس اللغات الإفريقية وآدابها ( سواحيلي-هوسا-فولاني ) مثل:

أ-جامعة الأزهر الشريف:
-التدريس لمرحلة الليسانس باللغات الإفريقية (سواحيلي-هوسا- فولاني- أمهري).
-التدريس للدراسات العليا.
-الإشراف على رسائل الماجستير والدكتوراه.

ب-جامعة القاهرة:
-التدريس لمرحلة الدراسات العليا.
-الإشراف على رسائل الماجستير والدكتوراه.

ج-جامعة عين شمس:
-التدريس لمرحلة الليسانس باللغة السواحيلية.

التعاون مع الهيئات والمنظمات التي تهتم بالشأن الإفريقي

- وزارة الخارجية المصرية

- الجمعية الإفريقية بمصر

- الإذاعة المصرية

- اتحاد الصحفيين الأفارقة


قام قسم اللغات الإفريقية بتنظيم مؤتمر علمي أكاديمي في الشؤون الإفريقية في عام 2016، وقد برز في هذا المؤتمر الدور الحيوي والفاعل للأزهر الشريف وجامعته وكلية اللغات والترجمة ممثلة في قسم اللغات الإفريقية من خلال حضور حشد كبير من السادة السفراء والباحثين والطلاب الأفارقة والمهتمين بالشأن الإفريقي من الجامعات المصرية والهيئة العامة للاستعلامات ومنظمة اليونسكو بمصر وأكاديمية ناصر العسكرية والإذاعة والتلفزيون المصري.

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