Founded in 2000, the Center for Islamic and Arabic Studies supports teaching, community education, and research. The scope of its activities is broad and inclusive, spanning the study of Muslim-majority societies, their Christian and other religious minorities, and the diasporas of these populations worldwide. The Center’s focus is multi-disciplinary, and includes a rich program of study in the Arabic language and culture; in Persian and other languages; and in economics, history, politics, religion, and women’s studies. The Center’s goals are:
to develop and sustain a state of the art curriculum in Islamic and Arabic Studies at SDSU;
to organize outreach activities and programs that help educate the San Diego community at large;
to engage in scholarly research in the national and international arenas.