The department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations provides a multi-disciplinary framework for the study of the history and culture of the Middle East since the rise of Islam.  It seeks to explain the thought, movements, processes, institutions and identities of Arab-Islamic civilization.  These include but are not limited to aesthetic and intellectual production, political and religious thought, cross-cultural interaction, commerce and economic relations, government, and social, political and religious loyalties. The study and appreciation of these fields forms an important part of the university’s mission to give students a greater awareness and appreciation of the heritage of the Middle East.



Past alumni of the Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations work in diverse fields including journalism, translation, cultural production, heritage management, community development, arts, teaching, and public service. Others have gone on to earn an MA and a PhD and have become recognized scholars in the fields of Arabic and Islamic Studies.