Arabic Studies focus on history, literature, and written documents of the Arabic-speaking world. Central is the linguistic and literary scientific study of profane and religious Arabic texts available since the advent of Islam to the present day.
Within the field of linguistics, Arabic Studies deal with different language levels of Arabic (Classical Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic), its dialects and specific varieties such as Media Arabic.
Within the field of literary studies, Arabic Studies explore Arabic poetry and prose from pre-Islamic times to the present day, the writings of Islamic culture in all its diversity as well as Jewish and Christian literature in Arabic.
In the following interview, Prof. Dr. Beatrice Gründler explains the nature of Arabic Studies.