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Arabic Courses Open In NCKU To Embrace Importance Of Islamic Culture-wn
National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) Department of History recently opened courses on Islamic studies and primary Arabic. If you are interested in learning Arabic and get to know the culture, you don't need to travel to Taipei to take the courses now.
Prof. Chang-Kuan Lin from the Department of History has been teaching Islamic studies for decades in Taiwan. He opened several courses on Islamic studies and teach Arabic in NCKU.
In order to promote Islamic studies in Taiwan, Dr. Lin founded Centre for the Studies of Islamic Civilization and Thought (CSICT) at Cheng-chi University in 2003.
Dr. Lin was one of the founding members of Taiwan Association of Islamic Studies (TAIS), and served as the first chairman of TAIS since its inauguration in 2009 till 2013.
He has been researching in Islamic history and culture, and has authored numerous articles and reviews on this field.
He also edited books on Islamic and Middle Eastern studies.
According to Prof. Lin, NCKU is the first university in the south to set up the Arabic language course.
Over 70 students from various departments including engineering, social sciences, design and medicine took the course in the first semester in 2015, Lin noted.
You need more patience in learning Arabic. It is recommended to preview and review in order to master the language, said Lin.
At present, students only take 2 hours a week in primary Arabic and the class will retain half an hour for students to practice speaking. Also, 1 hour extra after-school counseling was provided by teaching assistants to help students with more practice.
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