The Department was created right from the inception of Umaru Musa Yar'adua University in the year 2006, under the Faculty of Humanities. The programme started in the 2006/2007 academic session with 33 students at 100 level and 9 students at 200 level. In the subsequent admission 2007/2008, 11 students were registered at 100 level and 19 at 200 level.

A reasonable number of staff was employed to run the academic activities of the Department with Malam Abdurrahman Lawal Adoro (B.A, M.A) as the first Head of Department. The staffing then comprised of two Senior Lecturers, two Lecturer I, two Assistant Lecturers and five Graduate Assistants.

However, since its establishment, many Professors, Readers and Senior Lecturers are servicing the department on sabbatical, contract and visiting appointments.

From 2009 to 2012 the Department had the following staff as Heads of Department: Dr. Muhammad Awwal Umar, Prof. Muhammad Ibrahim, Prof. Sabri Ibrahim Ali Salama and the current H.O.D Dr. Muhammad El-Muhammady Rizq.

The department has graduated a number of students with B.A Arabic since 2008/2009 session and students are still graduating from the Department.

The Department started pursuing Postgraduate Programmes in the 2011/2012 session with M.A Arabic and Ph.D Programme in the 2012/2013 session.



The Department was created to train the students in Arabic language and literature in three categories.

  • Students who wish to specialize in Arabic language and literature seeking for B.A (single honours).
  • Students studying another area of learning related to Arabic language e.g Islamic Studies, History and Hausa etc. seeking for B.A (combined honours).
  • Students studying Education with Arabic as a teaching subject, seeking for B.A Ed. Arabic.


The main objectives of our four years’ degree programme are:

  • To enable students to acquire spoken and written competence in Arabic language.
  • To enable students through their competence in Arabic appreciate their African history and civilization before the colonial era, which are mostly recorded in Arabic.
  • To acquaint students with socio-cultural, religious, economic, commercial, political and diplomatic life aspects of the speakers of Arabic language with a view of promoting international understanding.
  • To equip students with adequate training for jobs in the fields of teaching, translation and interpretation, administration, journalism and diplomatic services.

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