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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 1974.

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 world.

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 monotheistic religions.

The Middle East contains some of the world’s greatest archeological and religious sites.

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 people.

The Middle East is rich with interesting cultures and warm, hospitable people from many countries and diverse cultures.

Students of international business, political science, international law and the humanities can benefit tremendously from studying Arabic.

Ancient archeology and monuments in Egypt and other Arab countries as well as a vast body of literature adds to the significance of Arabic studies.

1. The American Association of Teachers of Arabic. All About the Arabic Language (web page), 2001. http://www.wm.edu/aata/whyarabic.html
2. “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, http://menic.utexas.edu/menic/cmes/index.html