Art and literature are cultural tools that can establish greater human understanding. The more we study other’s literary arts, cultures, and civilizations, the better enabled we become to achieve understanding and to work toward world peace.
The Arizona State University Council for Arabic and Islamic Studies was established by founding chair Souad T. Ali, an associate professor of Arabic literature, Middle Eastern and Islamic studies in the School of International Letters and Cultures.
The council works to promote multiculturalism and better cross-cultural understanding, including study of languages, religion and the arts. The council also sponsors talks, an Arabic film and poetry series and other public events, in addition to developing academic partnerships and cultural exchanges between ASU and Arab and Muslim communities and countries.