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Department of Arabic Language and Cultures

Exploring Arabic language and cultures

Understanding and appreciating Arabic language, Arab cultures and heritage. We open doors to a wealth of cultural, artistic and social enquiry.

We combine the study of Arabic language with subjects and research into the diverse cultures of the Arab world. With an emphasis on real-life language use, we enable students of all skill levels to communicate effectively with native speakers.

Our advanced cultural units equip students with a nuanced understanding of contemporary Arab societies in light of their history and the political and economic role they play on the global stage today.

Our study offering

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 1.5 billion Muslims, as well as millions of Christians and Jewish people. Political and economic developments in the Arab world and parts of the Middle East have made understanding, speaking, reading and writing Arabic an increasingly valuable skill.


*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degrees.  


Our research 

We conduct research in these key areas:

  • Arabic language and literature
  • Middle East Studies
  • Pedagogy
  • Translation from and into Arabic: translation theory and practice; the Qur'an translation; applied linguistics; contrastive analysis; comparative linguistics
  • Cross-cultural studies: Arab diasporas; orientalism; Arab-European encounters; Arab postcolonial identities
  • Gender and sexuality in Arab and Muslim societies
  • Muslim women and veiling; gender and women's history
  • Franco-Arab dialogues; medieval Arabic and French literature.

Our people

  • Professor Larbi Sadiki, Qatar University


Visit the School's Events calendar to see our full listing of upcoming events.

World Literatures and the Global South Conference

23–25 August 2019

Co-convened with the Peking University Australian Studies Centre and the World Literature Association, the School of Languages and Cultures is proud to host the third international congress of the World Literature Association.

This international conference will engage with literary production on and from the Global South in their own languages as well as in translation – giving equal billing to streams in English, Chinese, Arabic, French, Indonesian/Malay and Spanish.

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Department Chair

Headshot of Dr Lucia Sorbera



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