Arabic at the UofA



  • Intensive classes
  • Excellent faculty, passionate about Arabic (we could pitch diversity of our Arabic dialects as a plus; Lebanon, Egypt, and at the moment, Jordan, Iraq … etc).
  • Many exciting events available with the support of the Middle East Studies Center (MEST): Arabic Conversation Table, Nadi Cinema, Faulkner Performing Arts Center (brought two artists from Middle East in AY 2017-2018 - Farah Siraj and Ramy Essam)


With so many opportunities available through MEST and the Honors College, virtually every Arabic student has the chance to enhance their Arabic studies with a summer, semester, or year-long study abroad experience, with full funding.



Adnan Haydar- Section Head of the Arabic Program  



Paula Haydar - Assistant Professor of Arabic



Rania Mahmoud- Assistant Professor of Italian




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"The professors and teacher's assistants are the highest quality around and not only are they great teachers, they are truly interested in helping you thrive in your language acquisition. I would recommend our program to anyone and would invite anyone to join our close-knit Arabic family."

- Zac Smith, UofA Student Studying Arabic

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"Being in the Arabic program has helped me build a network of connections and find a group of people who know and care about me while also helping me diversify my law school applications with a language most students won’t have. "

- Nicole Brooks, UofA Student Studying Arabic 

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"The Arabic department at the U of A is second to none!  I started taking Arabic as a “just-for-fun/”filler” class but soon fell in love, not just with the language but with the department too. The professors are passionate about their work and are eager to help the students both learn the language and develop a passion for it that rivals their own."

- Mikenna Marin, UofA Student Studying Arabic 



 Arab history and civilization are neither exclusively Arab nor Muslim. Cosmopolitan in nature, they included Arab Muslim and non-Muslim scholars who published in Arabic as well as figures from other cultures who chose Arabic as the language of their scholarship. 

Ibn Rushd, often Latinized as Averroes, was an Andalusian philosopher and thinker who wrote about many subjects, including philosophy, theology, medicine, astronomy, physics, Islamic jurisprudence and law, and linguistics. Wikipedia

Avicenna was a Persian polymath who is regarded as one of the most significant physicians, astronomers, thinkers and writers of the Islamic Golden Age. He has been described as the father of early modern medicine. Wikipedia

Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī, formerly Latinized as Algorithmi, was a Persian scholar who produced works in mathematics, astronomy, and geography under the patronage of the Caliph Al-Ma'mun of the Abbasid Caliphate. Wikipedia

Abu Mūsā Jābir ibn Hayyān, also known by the Latinization Geber was a polymath: a chemist and alchemist, astronomer and astrologer, engineer, geographer, philosopher, physicist, and pharmacist and physician. Born in Tus, he later traveled to Yemen and Kufa where he lived most of his life.Wikipedia


Interested in Studying ARABIC at the UofA?

For more information about the ARABIC Program, contact  Adnan Haydar.