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Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

Studying Arabic at SOAS

The NME department is heavily committed to the teaching of Arabic and related studies. There are two tracks of Arabic-language training. Each is the basis for separate undergraduate degree programmes and certificate programmes.

Three undergraduate degrees offer the student a programme of study that involves the intensive study of the Arabic language:

In addition the department offers a less intensive three-year track in Arabic language that is the core component of BA Arabic Cultural Studies, a new programme that strikes an exciting balance between language and cultural studies. The less-intensive three-year track is also one of the language options in the combined-honours degree BA Middle Eastern Studies and another subject.

Two taught Masters' programmes are based on intensive study of Arabic:

Three other postgraduate degrees that can include the study of Arabic are:

In addition, the department teaches introductory programmes leading to the Certificate in Arabic and the Certificate in Arabic Studies.

Arabic can also be studied as a minor subject ("open option") in many of the School's degree programmes, beginning with Arabic 100 and continuing, if required, with its follow-up, Arabic 200.

Teaching staff

Arabic language and literature are taught by Professor Hugh Kennedy, Dr Ayman El-Desouky, Dr Marle Hammond, Dr Wen-Chin Ouyang, Dr Stefan Sperl, Mr Mohamed Said, Mr Muaadh Salih, Dr Moustafa Moharrem, Dr Nada Elzeer, Mr Ahmed Alkashem and others.

Islamic studies are taught by Professor Muhammad Abdel Haleem, Professor Abdul Hakim Ibrahim Al-Matroudi, Dr Ayman Shihadeh, Dr Mustafa Shah, Dr Kate Zebiri and others.