Arabic Language Teaching Department Served as One of the Pioneers of Arabic Linguistic Corpus Project in Indonesia

Arabic Language Teaching Department Served as One of the Pioneers of Arabic Linguistic Corpus Project in Indonesia

Arabic as the language of the Qur’an and Muslims has always been learned and developed from time to time. With today’s technological advancement the improvement of Arabic linguistics becomes more modern. One of the intersections between technology and Arabic language is Arabic Linguistic Corpus or Arabic Corpus. Arabic corpus is a collection of Arabic text which is organized according to a particular criteria expected to be the representation of treasury and varieties of Arabic language use.

In Indonesia, the Arabic corpus has not been widely known and studied by Arabic scholars and practitioners. Meanwhile, there are many literature and manuscripts on Arabic linguistics written by Indonesian Ulama reflecting the uniqueness of Arabic language in Indonesia. In addition, Arabic language is also used actively in several schools and institutions in Indonesia. These should become a never-ending study on corpus. However, those potentials are left untouched by studies on Arabic corpus specifically. Hence, arrangement of Arabic corpus in Indonesia needs to start soon.

As an attempt to reach that goal, on Friday August 11th 2017 a workshop on Arabic Linguistic Corpus was succesfully held for the first time by 8 institutions in Indonesia as pioneers; from Arabic Language Teaching Department of UNIDA Gontor in cooperation with Markazul Buhuswat Tawashul Ma’rifi and Ittihadu Mudarrisi Al-Lughoh Al-Arabiyah (IMLA) Indonesia. The event was held at the Ampitheater Hall of KH. Ibrahim Building Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta University attended by lecturers, academics, and Arabic language practitioners from universities in Indonesia.

In the workshop, UNIDA Gontor delegated Yoke Suryadarma, M.Pd.I and Luthfi Muhyiddin, M.A. as the representatives together with seven other institutions. Yoke Suryadarma, M.Pd.I served as the moderator in the first session using Arabic language.

Meanwhile, the first speaker of this workshop was Dr. Ma’youf Aly Al-Ma’youf. He is a senior lecturer at King Saud University Riyadh, as well as one of the members of advisory board of Markazul Buhuswat Tawashul Ma’rifi in Riyadh and advisor of Al-Lughoh Ittihadu Mudarrisi Al-Arabiyah (IMLA) Indonesia. In this workshop he presented a paper on Arabic corpus, its role, and its future.

He gave a presentation on the importance of Arabic corpus by saying that the corpus analysis has been done since the early days of Islam. It was proven by efforts in collecting Qur’an manuscripts, had it rewritten (tadwinul Qur’an), guarded, taken care of through memorization and sanad strictly until today. Since this process will take time, he expected commitment from all participants including lecturers, academics, and Arabic language practitioners to make Arabic corpus in Indonesia a qubbatul qushod or the center of attention.

The second speaker was Prof. Dr Madya Haslina Hasan who is a senior lecturer of Arabic Language and Literature, Faculty of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences of IIUM and also an expert of Arabic corpus in Malaysia. She said that the work of arranging and building this corpus was a hard, long, and quite tiring work. It took about 10 years to build, create, and compile then enjoy the results of Arabic corpus. However, if Arabic corpus is already esablished; it will greatly assist and facilitate research and development of future Arabic linguistics.

Similarly, Dr. Totok Suhardijanto, a senior lecturer of University of Indonesia as the third speaker explained the origin of Indonesia Corpus and his fifteen years experience dealing with corpus. He said that many hands make light work especially if everyone has the same vision, mission, goals, and commitment to build the Arabic Corpus. This is because he believed that Arabic Corpus in Indonesia will not only beneficial for linguistics field but also for Islamic studies.

After all three presenters finished delivering the presentation, a team led by Dr. Nur Hezbollah, M.A. from UAI Jakarta delivered action plans which will be discussed further in the second corpus workshop which insyaAllah will be held at University of Darussalam (UNIDA) Gontor at the end of January next year.

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