The field of Middle Eastern and Central Asian studies integrates the study of Arab, Middle Eastern and Central Asian culture, civilisation, politics, history and economics, and places these within the broader framework of the changing global order. It examines the role of religion—especially Islam—and fosters the study of the most relevant languages, as well as looking at related gender politics. It also focuses on issues pertinent to Australia's interests in this part of the world, and the development of its commercial, scientific and industrial ties with these dynamic regions. Graduates of Middle East and Central Asian studies can articulate the intersection of socio-economic, geo-political and historical factors in understanding these regions of the world to allow them to form sound judgement and analytical evaluation beneficial to Australia and its national interests.
The Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (CAIS) at ANU 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 offers Arabic, Persian and Turkish language courses. Arabic and Persian are also available online. Students can expect to gain a keen appreciation for this vibrant part of the world, with the practical language skills to accompany an awareness of its past, present and future.
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