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Arabic Studies

About Us

Arabic is an official language of the United Nations and is spoken in many countries around the world. It also plays a significant role in Islam as the language of the Koran. Unfortunately, not many people in Japan understand the language, thus making it very difficult to directly hear the voice of the Arab world. Works translated into English and French are nothing more than secondhand sources of information. Without a doubt, Arabic is a difficult language. Furthermore, the Arab world is a profound entity, belonging neither to the West nor to the Orient. However, this makes it all the more intriguing for study at university level.

Characteristics of the Curriculum

The language component adopts a modular system. The six categories are grammar, essay writing, reading comprehension, listening comprehension, communication in standard Arabic and dialects. The last category refers to the importance of studying the basics of the main dialects, as the spoken form of the language is divided into several dialects. All students are expected to take elementary classes in all the categories, but they can choose categories of their choice when it comes to more advanced levels. For example, students who wish to concentrate on oral communication with the local people can choose to take more classes on communication in standard Arabic and dialects, while students who wish to gather information from newspapers or magazines can choose to attend more reading comprehension classes.

Careers After Graduation

Past graduates have joined news agencies; finance, trading and manufacturing companies; government ministries and the teaching profession. Quite a number have also gone on to graduate schools or to work in Arab and other countries.

Staff

RATCLIFFE, Robert R. Professor Phonology; Morphology; Historical linguistics; Arabic dialects; Comparative Afro-Asiatic languages
YAGI, Kumiko Professor Religious studies of modern Islam, particularly in relation to nationalism
AOYAMA, Hiroyuki Associate Professor  
EBEID, Ehab Ahmed Visiting Lecturer Linguistics
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