Arabic 101, 102 and 201 enable students
to fulfill their foreign language requirement in three semesters,
being introduced to a major world language and culture.
It has been said that the jewel of
culture and the most perfected art form of the Arabs is their
An accomplished Arab poet or orator can extract tears from a rock. A
master tribal poet could send an enemy army fleeing in defeat even
the first arrow is shot!
People today have less ambitious
for learning a culturally rich language that is interwoven with major
forces and events that are moving and shaping our world
Arabic 101 is offered in the Fall
and Arabic 102 is offered in the following spring semester, and Arabic
201 is offered in the fall semester that follows.
Arabic 101 introduces students to
standard Arabic (MSA) and the diverse cultures of the Arab-speaking
world. In addition to acquiring basic reading, writing and
skills, students will be introduced to Arabic grammar within a lively
and communicative context.
Dr. Ahmed Bangura , associate professor of French,
has published articles and
translations in the area of African literature, contributed the article “Black,
Orientalism …” in the New Dictionary of
the History of Ideas, a book on Islam and West African Fiction, and also
published a book in Arabic on narratives from the life of the Prophet Muhammad.
He is completing a book on the values of Islam, and a version of the same book
Teaching Interests: Arabic language and culture;
French language and francophone literature and culture; African Literature and
Cultural Centers: The Bay area has a thriving Arab community that
runs a number of cultural centers and holds significant cultural events. Find
below some links to events and centers.
1. Arab Film Festival: www.arabfilmfestival.org
2. Arab Cultural Center, San
3. Arab American Cultural Center of the Silicon Valley: (www.facebook.com/arabamericanculturalcenter)
Arabic language Resources
1. Arabic 2000.com: http://www.arabic2000.com/
2. Arabic Language Resources: http://www.linguaguide.com/directory/Arabic.php
1. Al jazeera English: http://english.aljazeera.net/
2. Al jazeera Arabic: http://www.aljazeera.net/portal
MEDIA: Newspapers and Magazines
1. Arabic Newspapers and Magazines: http://www.arab2.com/newspapers.htm