Why Study Languages?
Arabic is a language spoken by twenty-two Middle
Eastern countries extending from the Arabian Gulf in the East to the
Atlantic Ocean in the west.
Arabic is the language
of more than 200 million people in the world. It is also a language
utilized by twenty-four non-Arab Muslim countries with a population of
about one billion people.
The United Nations adopted
Arabic as one of its six official languages in
Events in the Middle East affect our daily
lives. The study of Arabic provides necessary insights to the cultural,
religious and political forces of that vital region of the
There is worldwide interest in the economies
of the Arab countries because of the production of oil and related
petro-chemical industries. Two-thirds of the world’s known oil reserves
are in the Middle East.
The Middle East is the
cradle of civilization and the birthplace of the world’s three
The Middle East contains
some of the world’s greatest archeological and religious
Knowledge of Arabic will greatly enhance the
enjoyment of one’s travels in the Middle East and one’s ability to work
and interact effectively with Arabic-speaking
The Middle East is rich with interesting
cultures and warm, hospitable people from many countries and diverse
Students of international business,
political science, international law and the humanities can benefit
tremendously from studying Arabic.
archeology and monuments in Egypt and other Arab countries as well as a
vast body of literature adds to the significance of Arabic
American Association of Teachers of Arabic. All About the Arabic
Language (web page), 2001. http://www.wm.edu/aata/whyarabic.html
“Why Study Arabic?” web page. Bowling Green State University Arabic
Department, Bowling Green, Ohio. Chairman: Timothy Pogacar http://www.bgsu.edu/departments/greal/Arab-why.html
3. The Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas
at Austin, Director: Dr. Abraham Marcus,