The thriving Arabic language program with its focus on modern standard Arabic and courses offered on the history and politics of the modern Middle East add a vital and critical modern dimension to the traditional departmental areas of strength. Recently, our temporal reach has extended to include the ancient Near East as well.
Arabic is the official language of 26 states with different dialects found within those. There are perhaps 420 million native and non-native speakers of the language with an estimated 1.6 billion Muslim speakers.
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