A Comparative Lexical Study of Quríanic Arabic On the 11th January 2002, the Mediterranean Institute hosted the launch of Dr Martin R. Zammit's publication A Comparative Lexical Study of Qur'anic Arabic. In his opening speech the rector, Professor R. Ellul Micallef, congratulated Dr Zammit for his fine research and stated that his work should serve as a welcome opportunity to rekindle an interest in Semitic studies which have not received much attention since the time of Mons. P.P. Saydon. The main speaker at the launch was Dr Geoffrey Khan, reader of Semitic philology at the University of Cambridge. He expressed his admiration at Dr Zammit's publication stating that it represents a very important contribution to Semitic scholarship. He also talked about the importance, and even urgency, of preserving the Semitic linguistic heritage in view of the rapid worldwide developments which are not always conducive to the retention of linguistic diversity. He said that research like the one undertaken by Dr Zammit goes a long way towards enhancing this interest in the Semitic languages. The last speaker at the book launch was Professor Anthony J. Frendo, head of the Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Studies. He briefed the audience about the reorganization undergone lately by the department and outlined its future projections. The book launch was well attended and the muscial pieces around the theme of "the Orient", ably executed by the flautist Andre-Paul Huber and guitarist Ivan Plumpton, rendered the evening a very successful and pleasant event.

11 January, 2002