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A storied legacy of almost a century of teaching in the field gives the Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations a unique position in the Middle East. The Department offers a wide range of specializations and degree options. It has world-class, international faculty with diverse course offerings in fields such as Arabic Literature, Middle East History, Islamic Art and Architecture, and Islamic Studies.


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Arabic Studies: BA

Arabic Studies program is to develop a broad awareness of Arab-Islamic civilization and to develop in students the ability to examine critically the different aesthetic, intellectual and cultural components of this civilization. Each student is required to fulfill Arabic language requirements and take a common core of courses from Arabic Literature, Islamic Studies, Middle Eastern History, and Islamic Art and Architecture.
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Arabic Studies: MA

The department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations (ARIC) offers Master’s degrees in Arabic Studies with emphases in four fields: Islamic Art and Architecture, Middle Eastern History, Islamic Studies, Arabic Language and Literature.
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Arabic Studies: Graduate Diploma

An opportunity for students who do not plan to pursue doctoral research or academic careers to study the history, culture, religion, literature, and material culture of the Arab and Islamicate worlds.
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ARIC in Motion

Tracing the Past

Dive into the research of Bernard O'Kane and explore Cairo's rich history through the ornamental stucco found within its mosques and other Islamic architecture.

How ARIC explores the history, literature, art and architecture of the Islamic world.

Amina Elbendary, Associate Professor in the Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations

Academic Support

Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations is available to support you and answer questions Sunday through Thursday 9 am- 3 pm. 


For general inquiries: 

Please send an email to: 


For Graduate studies inquiries:

Please send an email to Ellen Kenney, Director of the Graduate Studies:

For administrative affairs:

Marwa Sabry:




Contact Us

AUC New Cairo, AUC Avenue, P.O.BOX 74, New Cairo 11835, Egypt
Arab and Islamic Civilizations Department
Room 2167, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Hall (HUSS)
t 20.2.2615.1786 │