There is no better time to be studying Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. The Arabic language is spoken by over 300 million people across the world. As the official language of 26 countries, knowing Arabic will open up a plethora of career opportunities and allow you to connect with peoples and cultures across the Middle East. From Morocco in the West to Iran in the East, the region has long been an important hub of culture, religion and history. With the recent uprisings sweeping through Arab countries, sometimes referred to as the Arab Spring, the political map of the region is swiftly changing with the result that there has been a sharp increase in the demand for experts on the Middle East. At Leeds we have expertise in Modern Standard Arabic, Middle East politics, history, Islamic Studies and Arabic literature.