Taalmonument, Historium Trust and Cape Family Research Forum offer FREE beginner and advanced workshops

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Taalmonument, Historium Trust and Cape Family Research Forum offer FREE beginner and advanced workshops

To strengthen the revival of Arabic Afrikaans, the Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument (ATM), Historium Trust and Cape Family Research Forum are offering two FREE workshops about this unique writing tradition in CAPE TOWN. The popular Dr Shamiega Chaudhari will train beginners and advanced writers on Saturday, 27 July 2024, respectively via a modern ‘madrassa’ class and guidance on how to master specific Afrikaans sounds in the Arabic script.

This follows the highly successful workshops and competitions since 2020 during which dozens of new Arabic Afrikaans writings were created in South Africa, Germany, Qatar, Austria and Saudi Arabia. The positive response, media coverage and numerous entries prove that there is still a great interest in this rich literature.

Chaudhari’s bilingual, fun and practical workshop in the morning will include an introduction to the history of Arabic Afrikaans as well as training in the Arabic writing system. For advanced students who have already mastered the huroof (alphabet), she will help in the afternoon to better reproduce specific Afrikaans sounds.

Chaudhari is a lecturer in the faculty of education at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology where she teaches Afrikaans as a major and Curriculum Studies. She is an expert on Afrikaans and Arabic (and a lover of Jawi), but also focuses on decolonisation, identity studies and oratory. “These workshops are aimed at anyone who wants to learn more about this beautiful writing tradition, not just Muslims,” says Chaudhari, who is passionate about the history of Afrikaans in general, and especially how we are all inextricably linked in the tapestry of this incredible language.

Arabic Afrikaans, or Afrikaans written using the Arabic alphabet, is generally accepted as the first written form of Afrikaans. Many Arabic Afrikaans writings – such as student notebooks, voting posters, publications and manuscripts – have been preserved; thus far, 74 of these works written between 1845 and 1957 have been discovered and identified by experts. In addition, many more Arabic Afrikaans writings are privately owned, which the ATM would love to digitalise for future generations.

According to Michael Jonas, director of the ATM, the aim of these workshops is to make a modern contribution to this writing tradition. “Our mission, after all, is to also highlight the lessor-known histories of Afrikaans and to celebrate the rich diversity of Afrikaans’ development as well as its modern forms. That is why we want to encourage people to reaffirm their participation in this language in this way,” he says. “In the Taalmuseum in Paarl we give a lot of recognition to Abu Bakr Effendi, who played a prominent role in the development of Arabic Afrikaans and thereby also Afrikaans in the 1800s in the Bo-Kaap. We would like to see the broader Afrikaans community build on this.”

The beginners class is on 27 July from 09:00 to 12:00 and the advanced class from 13:00 to 16:00 in Muhammadeyah Primary at 103 Batts Road, Wynberg. Both classes are FREE but advance booking is essential to determine numbers and refreshments. To book, CLICK HERE or contact  Stefanie Rasztabiga via kommunikasie@taalmuseum.co.za or Amila Ernstzen via info@historium.co.za by 25 July. Contact number is 021 872 2022. In the meantime, see more information on the ATM’s website and taalmuseum.co.za/arabies-afrikaans. For more on the Cape Family Research Forum, which researches Cape Muslim families’ family trees, see facebook.com/groups/365911190135372

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* For more information on all the other exciting events, concerts and courses at the Taalmonument, call 021 872 3441/863 0543, visit taalmonument.co.za or follow them on Facebook. The website also offers virtual tours of the monument and museum, information in six languages ​​on the symbolism of the Taalmonument as well as many interesting articles on Afrikaans, multilingualism and the institution’s past, present and future. There are also numerous resources for school and research projects. Annual permits are available at only R120 for individuals or R220 per family, which includes unlimited access to the ATM, bistro and Full Moon Picnics. The bistro offers delicious food and beautiful views daily; contact them via diesuikerkan.co.za or 082 216 2510.