Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies

The major language of the Middle East and North Africa, spoken by 280 million people around the world, Arabic is the living medium of a vibrant contemporary literature and culture. Arabic is also the language of Islam, the faith of over a billion of the world's people and a significant influence as a religion and a civilisation in the culture and politics of world history, and the globalised context of the modern world. Studying with the Department gives you an insight into these places and peoples that continue to play a major role on the world stage, as well as introducing you to the rich heritage of the Middle East, to Islamic sources, and to the current culture and media of the Arab world.