Department of Arabic

India has more than 50,000 people whose mother tongue is Arabic, according to data provided in the 2001 Census on linguistic groups. Post-independence, Arabic has received renewed attention from the Indian government. Departments of Arabic were established in many Central and State universities and colleges. At present there are more than 40 universities in India where Arabic is being taught. This is in addition to numerous colleges that offer Arabic as a language and as a Major from Under Graduate level to the Post-Doctoral Research level. Thus, Arabic is no longer confined to Madhrasas or Islamic Schools and it is no longer labelled as the language of Islam. In 1974, Arabic was adopted as one of the six official languages by the united Nations General Assembly which also marked 18th December as World Arabic day.

In fact, Arabic is the mother tongue of people of some twenty countries that stretch from the Atlantic coast of North Africa in the West to the Sultanate of Oman in the East. Besides, Arabic is also held in high esteem by the Muslims, who comprise one third of the world’s population, as it is the language of the Quran and the Hadith. In addition to this, Arabic has emerged as a language of Culture and Commerce in this era of globalisation. In the present globalised world, Arabic no longer appears to be confined to the Muslim community. Non-Muslims have been attracted to the language as to gain an edge in building their careers in the oil rich Arab nations. Now even with the fall of the Petro-dollar and the nationalisation of the work force, new opportunities in sectors of tourism, hospitality, software, logistics and defence keep attracting Muslims and Non-Muslims alike. As a result many non-Muslims learn Arabic in Universities and Colleges in India. At the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, a considerable number of non-Muslims graduate in Arabic every year.

From a historical perspective, according to Oriental historian Philip K. Hitti, Arabic was the language of learning, culture and progressive thought throughout the middle ages. He claims that “between the ninth and twelfth centuries more works philosophical, medical, historical, religious, astronomical and geographical were produced through the medium of Arabic than through any other tongue”.

The relations between Arabic and Tamilnadu is several centuries old. Anthracites a Greek traveller who visited Tamilnadu in 178 B.C. talks about a town called ‘Sabiya’ in South Tamilnadu in which the Arabs had great influence. In the 7th century B.C. swords from India were exported to Arabia. The fact that there were Arab settlements on the coastal areas of Tamilnadu is mentioned in many Tamil epics like Silapadhigaram, Manimeghalai, Pathupattu and EttuThogai. There are a lot of Arabic words which have become a part of Tamil language and are used by Tamilians every day.

Our college, which is a pioneer in providing higher education facilities with a missionary zeal to students hailing from Muslim minority community, to the rural agricultural families and other deprived under privileged sections of the society, introduced Arabic as a language under Part I in 1958 itself. With a noble intention of making our students understand the Quran and Hadith better and to provide more job opportunities for them, Arabic has been introduced at the UG level in our college from the Academic year 2016-2017 onwards. The students of B.A. (Arabic) start from the Alphabet level and are trained in Arabic computer applications, Accountancy and Spoken Arabic. The Syllabus framed for B.A. (Arabic) is unique and is unmatched by any institution offering the same course in India. By the introduction of teaching through the use of Multi-media devices, with the kind co-operation of our College Management, we plan to take the teaching and learning of Arabic to the next level.

Mr. M. SEYID ABDUL KADHER, M.A., M.Phil., M.A., M.B.A., NETHead & Assistant Professor
Mr. A. AHAMED FAIZE, M.A., M.Phil.,Assistant Professor
Ms. K. BUSHRA, M.A.,Assistant Professor
Mr. R. CHELLARAJA, M.A., NETAssistant Professor
Dr. R. MINNALVIZHI, M.A., Ph.D.,Assistant Professor