The Department's curriculum aims to provide students with a broad theoretical and practical knowledge of classical and modern literary Arabic, to acquaint them with Arabic and Islamic culture and with Arabic literature in its various periods and genres, and to supply them with the skills necessary for an independent and critical analysis of literary, religious, historiographical and grammatical texts from their respective genres and periods. Languages of instruction are Hebrew and Arabic.
The Department offers two frameworks of study towards the BA degree:
1. A double-major track, combining one of two following fields (a or b) with studies in another department:
(a) Arabic Language and Literature
Courses in this field are taken from four areas of specialization offered to the student: (a) Classical Arabic literature; (b) Modern Arabic literature; (c) Arabic linguistics; (d) Islamic religion and historiography.
(b) Islamic Studies
The field of Islamic Studies deals with a range of aspects of the classical and modern Islamic world, such as the Qur'an and its exegesis, the life of the Prophet Muhammad ("Sira"), prophetic Tradition ("Hadith"), theology, law, mysticism, historiography, sects and currents, interreligious polemics, etc.
2. Combined Track
Students may elect to study both fields (a and b) in a combined expanded track, from the first year of studies onwards. Studying both fields combined is considered equal to studying two full curricula.
This track is made up of courses from the Department's curriculum as well as specialized courses from other departments, according to the student's interests and in coordination with the Department's BA advisor.
3. Graduate Studies
The Department offers two graduate tracks, a research-oriented track with a thesis requirement and a theoretical track without a thesis.
In the research track students are expected to specialize in one of the fields of study offered by the Department (Classical Arabic literature; Modern Arabic literature; Arabic linguistics, or Islamic religion and historiography), to take additional courses making up for gaps in their knowledge, and to acquire the necessary tools for their research.
The non-thesis track is aimed at students who wish to broaden and deepen their knowledge in one of the fields offered (Classical Arabic literature; Modern Arabic literature; Arabic linguistics, or Islamic religion and historiography) without any intention to pursue a career in academia or research.
Graduate studies are conducted in collaboration with other departments within the Faculty, depending on the student's chosen field of specialization and in coordination with the MA advisor.
In the research track, which includes a thesis, students will take courses in the field of their specialization totalling 14 semester hours, as well as supplementary courses in additional fields totalling 14 semester hours (4 of which are to be taken from the clusters offered by other departments within the Faculty), in coordination with the MA advisor. The total number of semester hours studied in this track, not including foreign language courses, is 28.
In the non-thesis track, students will take the same type and number of courses as in the research track, plus an additional 4 semester hours from the Faculty's clusters.
The total number of semester hours studied in this track is 32.
Out of these hours (28 and 32 respectively), not more than 25% may be taken from the BA curriculum.
Students who wish to transfer from one track to the other must fulfill all the requirements of the chosen track, according to Faculty regulations.
Both tracks are open to students who completed their BA studies at Tel Aviv University or another recognized academic institution with a final grade of 80 or above.
The Department may admit to a special preparatory year students whose average grade falls slightly below 80, in order to allow them to improve their average grade. If during this year the student achieves an average grade of 80 or above, s/he will be admitted to the first year of the MA programme. (Studies in the preparatory year are not usually counted as part of the MA curriculum proper.)
Students who hold a B.Ed. degree from a college are required to take supplementary courses in accordance with the statutes of the Faculty and in coordination with the advisor. The average grade earned during these courses should be at least 80.
Head of the Department: Dr. Mahmoud Kayyal
B.A. Adviser: Dr. Alisa Shnizer
M.A. Adviser: Dr. Jeries Khoury
Secretary of the Department: Jenny Barak
The secretariat of the Arabic department is located on the fourth floor of the Webb Building, room no. 414
Our office is open Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday 09:00-12:00 and Wednesday 10:00-13:00
Tel: 972-3-640-9723 fax 972-3-640-5109, e-mail
Mailing address: Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv 69978, Israel