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Mission of Department of Arabic Language and Literature


The Department of Arabic Language and Literature, Philadelphia   University, draws on both well-established sources and newly-  evolving knowledge. The traditional sources include the Qur'anic text,  the authentic Traditions of the Prophet, the Arabic-Islamic heritage,  including its prose, poetry, language and grammar, rhetoric, criticism, and treatises on theology. The purpose of studying the traditional texts is to ensure students' identifying with their heritage, refining their cultural responsiveness, developing their linguistic and literary appreciation, enabling them to read and comprehend traditional texts, and detecting the beauty of such texts with finesse.  


As for the newly-evolving knowledge in its various branches, it includes the achievements of literary theories, criticism and linguistic theories in the Western culture, the conditions of their adaptation and loaning into Arabic culture; as well as the extent of applying them in Arabic texts; this endeavor also includes investigating the points of affinity and identity between the findings of current theories and traditional ones. Besides, the Department takes care of the major developments in Arabic literature and criticism, as attested in the springing up of new literary genres: the novel, the short story, the drama, the free verse, and the prose verse; in addition to a review of modernism and its impact on Arabic literature and criticism. 


The ambitious work of the Department extends to indirect objectives which are also part of the its mission: developing students' critical and analytic talents, with an eye to enabling them to take decisions, have clear attitudes, debate about opinions and values.