Department of Arabic Language and Cultures

Understanding the Arab world is today of vital importance. Arabic is the fifth most widely spoken language in the world. It is one of the official languages of the United Nations and the religious language of a billion and a half Muslims, as well as of millions of Christians and Jews. It is the living medium of a vibrant contemporary literature and culture. Political and economic developments in the Arab world and parts of the Middle East, like the internationalisation of businesses and professions around the world, have made understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Arabic an increasingly valuable skill. Arabic is a language with a rich literary and cultural heritage that deserves to be studied in its own right.

The major in Arabic Language and Cultures introduces you to the rich heritage of the Arab world, to its culture and media. It equips you to understand the political, social, and cultural importance of the Arab world and its complex regional significance on the global stage. It is focused on the acquisition both of language skills and of cultural competency. You can major in Arabic with or without prior knowledge of the language.

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    Eleanor Hall interviews Professor Hamdy Hassan from Cairo University on ABC's The World Today. Professor Hassan will be delivering a lecture on the root causes of intellectual and religious extremism on Thursday 30 July at Sydney Law School LT 101.

  • Sydney Ideas Lecture by Professor John Esposito

    Keynote lecture at the symposium A Continuing Spring: Arab and Australian views on social justice, equal economic development and cultures of freedom.

    The Symposium and the series are supported by the University of Sydney’s Religion, State & society Network, Department of Government and International Relations, School of Social and Political Sciences, Department of Arabic Language and Cultures, School of Languages and Cultures, and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and by the Commonwealth through the Council for Australian-Arab Relations, which is part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

  • Sydney Ideas Lecture by May Telmissany

    Keynote lecture at the symposium A Continuing Spring: Arab and Australian views on social justice, equal economic development and cultures of freedom.

    The Symposium and the series are supported by the University of Sydney’s Religion, State & society Network, Department of Government and International Relations, School of Social and Political Sciences, Department of Arabic Language and Cultures, School of Languages and Cultures, and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and by the Commonwealth through the Council for Australian-Arab Relations, which is part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

  • Staff member SBS interview on new unit of study 'Advanced Arabic for Media’

    Sessional staff member Clauda El-Hajj talks to SBS Radio about new unit of study ARBC3639 Advanced Arabic for Media.

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