Davidson, NC 28035
209 Ridge Road
Davidson, NC 28035
The Arab Studies Department adheres to the philosophy that the study of the Arabic language cannot be separated from the study of the rich Arabic culture. Thus, while the concentration is on Classical Arabic, students are exposed to various dialects from early on.
Elementary and Intermediate Arab Studies courses, which are highly interactive, focus on giving students a strong foundation in the communicative skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Through the study of proverbs and music, we build upon vocabulary and enrich the students' understanding of the traditions of the Arab world. In addition to the main grammar textbook, students in all classes are introduced to Arabic films, video clips, television serials, and literature as key components of their studies.
Advanced Arab Studies courses are content courses taught in Arabic related to media, film, literature, and gender studies. They cover topics such as Syrian film, media, and literature, as well as Egyptian society and gender relations.
The department also offers an independent study in advanced Persian culture and language for those students who have elementary or intermediate level proficiency in Farsi.
Extracurricular cultural activities with the neighboring Arab community are vital to our program, allowing for immersion outside as well as inside the classroom.
Also, Arab Studies students are encouraged to participate in an internship initiated by the department and al-Jadid: A Review and Record of Arab Culture and Art where they gain invaluable professional experience by publishing translations from Arabic into English and also write reviews of films and books for the magazine. Due to her exceptional writing skills and editorial expertise, Paige Donnelly '14 has been appointed as associate editor of al-Jadid. Six Davidson students contributed reviews and translations to the most recent volume of the magazine.