Why study Arabic?
The State of Israel is located within the Arab Mediterranean and knowledge of the Arabic language and culture are essential to its existence, both in times of war and in times of peace. Arabic is the mother tongue for many of Israel's Jewish, Christian and Muslim citizens, and has been for many generations. This is the language they spoke, wrote, created and thought in.
As a result of the complex social structure of Israeli population and its relation with neighboring countries, never before has there been a greater demand for Arabic speakers and language professionals in all areas – government, education, academia, media, business, and more.
Why study Arabic at Bar-Ilan?
Because ours is one of the best Arabic Departments in the world
The Department of Arabic at Bar-Ilan University was one of the first Departments of its kind in Israel, and is currently considered the leader of academic and research work of its field.
The Department offers study tracks for B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, with a broad selection of professional courses. We specialize in Judeo-Arabic language and literature as well as Islamic theology and philosophy. We also have a strong course offering in modern Arabic literature, poetry, and advanced grammar. We also offer a special track for a teaching diploma, in collaboration with the Bar-Ilan School of Education.
The Department of Arabic is proud of its high number of productive researchers and President's Grant recipients, and is world renowned for its international conferences and workshops, attracting the world's leading Arabic experts and researchers.
Because of our excellent professors
Faculty members of the Department of Arabic are graduates of the top schools in the US, the UK and Israel, publishing their work in internationally acclaimed journals, and participating in various professional conferences around the world.
Because of the extensive background of Islamic culture
We at Bar-Ilan's Department of Arabic believe that Islamic culture cannot be fully comprehended without the knowledge of the Arabic language. Therefore, we base our courses in the Koran, Islamic religion, Islamic philosophy, Arabic literature, poetry and Arabic media, on reading in the original Arabic language.
Because our studies of Judeo-Arabic heritage are unparalleled
Many of Judaism literary masterpieces, such as The Guide for the Perplexed (by Moses Maimonides), Book of the Khazars (by Rabbi Yehuda Halevi) were written in Arabic, and Rabbi Saadia Gaon's Arabic translation of the Torah was used by Jewish communities for nearly one thousand years. All of these books and many more are included in our Department's libraries - the Central Library and the Arabic Seminar Library, holding over 25,000 titles on subjects such as Arabic and Muslim history, Islamic law, Arabic literature, history of the Middle East, and more.