The Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies is Australia’s premier location for studies in this field, with a high international standing and links with its major counterparts in the Arab and Muslim world, as well as in North America and Europe.
The Centre integrates the study of Middle Eastern and Central Asian contemporary politics, history, culture, political economy, economics, language and the role of Islam within the frameworks of the changing global order.
It also focuses on Australia’s interests in, and the development of its commercial, scientific and industrial ties with, within the Middle Eastern and Central Asian region.
Students may also take courses in three of the region’s languages. Languages offered are:
Each of these languages is associated with a rich historical and cultural legacy. Each is also a dynamic contemporary language, with large populations of speakers throughout the regions of the Centre’s coverage.