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Arabic with Middle Eastern and North African Studies III

This course includes one semester of studies in modern standard Arabic. The course develops knowledge and skills in oral and written Arabic as students practise their reading and listening comprehension acquired through Arabic with Middle Eastern and North African Studies I and II.

Students will develop their communication skills and improve their ability to read, write and analyse Arabic texts.

The course also provides an introduction to Contemporary Middle Eastern history: 1820-2020.


  • Course structure

    The course contains of four modules.


    1. Modern Standard Arabic IV, 10 ECTS
    This module deals with the basics of Arabic grammar, with a focus on syntax. Within the framework of the module, students complete the grammar program that constitutes the content of the modules; Modern Standard Arabic I-IV (given in the courses Arabic with Middle East and North African Studies I-III).

    The student is introduced to morphological and syntactic concepts such as participle, infinitive, conditional and comparative. The student is also given practice in creating more complicated Arabic sentences and analyzing longer Arabic text, grammatically and thematically.

    2. Text reading II, 5 ECTS
    Within the framework of this module, the student practices reading Arabic text. The student will also complete an in-depth exercise in analyzing text grammatically and thematically.

    3. Language proficiency III, 7.5 ECTS
    This module deals with oral and written language skills and consists of exercises in speaking and writing more advanced Arabic. The module also provides basic knowledge of Arabic spoken language.

    4. Contemporary Middle Eastern history: 1820-2020, 7.5 ECTS
    This course charts the evolution of Middle Eastern societies impacted by the expansion of European imperialism into the region starting from the early 19th century to the present.

    Teaching format

    The teaching consists of lectures and seminars. All tuition is compulsory.

    Teaching is given in the language(s) specified for each occasion for the course.

    For more detailed information, please refer to the syllabus. The syllabus is available no later than one month before the start of the course.

    Course planning and resources

    Course information for Autumn 23 are available in the learning platform Athena closer to the start of the semester.

    Please note that only registered students have access to downloadable resources as PDF documents in Athena.


    The modules Modern Standard Arabic IV, 10 credits and Text Reading II, 5 credits are examined through written exams.

    The module Language Proficiency III, 7.5 credits, is examined through an oral examination, as well as ongoing submission of written assignments. The principles for balancing the individual examination assignments are stated in the grading criteria.

    Contemporary Middle Eastern history: 1820-2020, 7.5 credits is examined on the basis of a written assignment, in the form of at take home exam.


    Examiner full course: Astrid Ottosson al-Bitar
    Modern Standard Arabic IV: Astrid Ottosson al-Bitar
    Text Reading II: Astrid Ottosson al-Bitar
    Language Proficiency III: Samim Elias
    Contemporary Middle Eastern history: 1820-2020: Isa Blumi



  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • Contact

    Do you have questions about the courses in Middle Eastern and North Africa's Languages and Cultures?

    Student Councelor:

    Director of Studies:
    Martin Säfström
    Phone: 08-16 29 43