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Letter from a student

Writing a LetterWe received this lovely letter from one of our students and she has generously given us permission to share it. Dear Studio Arabiya, I would like to thank you for many things, but today, this letter is specifically a special thanks to you for sending Teacher Sawsan my way (may God bless her!). I have been studying Arabic off and on for many years...
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A 'Native Speaker' Doesn't Guarantee a Good Teacher

Searching for the right language teacher for your Arabic studies can, at first, seem very easy.  Search online and you'll see Arabic classes taught by 'Native Speakers' all over the place, ready to teach you the language.  Because there are over 300 million native Arabic speakers in the world, does that mean that you can just choose any of those 'N...
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Dar al-Uloom

Dar al-uloomDar al-Uloom was founded in 1871 in Cairo, Egypt.  It is both an Islamic and modern secondary educational institution.  It began as a means to introduce those in mosque colleges to new knowledge emanating from the West.  In 1946, it was incorporated into Cairo University and the faculty is delegated to offer B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in the Arab...
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Al-Azhar University

Al-Azhar University was founded in Cairo, Egypt around 970-972 by the Fatimid dynasty of Egypt, descended from Fatimah, daughter of Muhammad.  Fatimah was called Az-Zahra (the brilliant) and the university was named in her honor.  After the victory of Sultan Salahudin in his ruling over Egypt in the 12th century, Al-Azhar was reinstituted from a Sh...
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