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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.

Study area

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Modern languages and cultures

Secure your global future

When you study language or linguistics with us, you will gain qualities that set you apart – unique communication skills and deep cultural awareness.

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


Visit the What's On calendar to see our upcoming events and seminars.

Department Chair

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School of Languages and Cultures

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