The course aims to teach the Arabic language through its grammar, conversation and listening activities, reading and translating simple texts. The grammatical part will focus on the following arguments: alphabet, roots and patterns, article, nouns, adjectives, pronouns, gender and number, declension, annexation, basic notion on verbs (perfect and imperfect) and on the syntax of the language (nominal and verbal sentences) (Reference grammar: J.A. Haywood, H.M. Nahmad, A new Arabic grammar of the written language. Lund Humphries Publishers, London, 1993). These notions will be integrated with class activities and self-study tasks (Reference book: K. Brustad, M. al-Batal, A. al-Tonsi, Al-Kitāb fī Ta callum al-cArabiyya. A Textbook for Beginning Arabic. Part One, Third Edition, Georgetown University Press, Washington, D.C. 2011). Lectures will also include the analysis of the main social, linguistic and cultural aspects of the Arab Muslim society, in order to help students understand the main contemporary issues related to the Northern Africa and Middle East area.