Arabic is the most spoken language within the Middle East and Northern African area. It is the official language of over 22 countries and the language in which the holy book Qur’an was written. With approximately 280 million native speakers, Arabic is one of the six languages spoken at the United Nations.
Why Study Arabic?
The Middle East is the birthplace of some of the most highly influential monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It is also home to almost two thirds of the world’s oil reserve. Currently there has been an increasing demand for those knowledgeable of the Arabic language in the West due to the growing importance of the Middle East in international affairs. Since demand of Arabic speakers is high and the supply is low, those who study Arabic may easily find occupations in a variety of fields from journalism to Foreign Service and intelligence.