Lisan al-'Arab - لسان العرب
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Title: Lisan al-'Arab - لسان العرب
Available online: 17 August 1921 - 30 April 1925 (543 issues; 2,022 pages)
Region: The Middle East
Country: Mandatory Palestine
Collection: Jrayed - Arabic Newspaper Archive of Ottoman and Mandatory Palestine
The first issue of Lisan al-'Arab (The Language of the Arabs) was published on June 24th, 1921. Initially it was published daily, however this proved to be a heavy burden, and during its second and third years the paper was published three times a week. The paper’s publication ceased in 1925. Lisan al-Arab was the first Palestinian newspaper to be published daily (though this lasted only one year). After Lisan al-'Arab there was no Palestinian daily newspaper for some years, until the daily appearance of Filastin in Jaffa in 1929. The dominant figure in the publication and editorial board of Lisan Al-'Arab was Ibrahim Salim al-Najjar, of Lebanese origin, who sought to infuse Arabic journalism with a European spirit. The paper was characterized by its short, clear, and balanced editorials, which steered clear of demagoguery. Lisan al-Arab always made great efforts to maintain its image as “a newspaper that is not affiliated with any Palestinian party, telling the whole truth no matter where or on what side the truth may be.” Among the paper’s most famous contributors was the writer ‘Adel Jaber.
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