Arabic Language Courses

Our Arabic language classes are taught by Ibrahim Othman who has several years’ experience of teaching Arabic at a variety of levels, both in his native Syria and in the UK. On offer are group classes in Modern Standard Arabic and Levantine Spoken Arabic.

Square Kufic Calligraphy with Joumana Medlej

Square Kufic, also known as Masonry Script or khatt banna’i, developed as an architectural style to be rendered in brick or tile, often on a monumental scale. Yet it is equally at home at the much smaller size of paper or textiles, and even, today, in the tiny canvas of pixel art. It is unique among calligraphy styles in that it adds to artistry a dimension of puzzle-solving.

Darbuka, Arabic Music Theory & Oud

Taqasim Music School, founded by Iraqi Oud Master Ahmed Mukhtar, was established in 2011 to teach one of the most significant Oriental instruments called Oud, among other instruments and disciplines that represent Middle Eastern Music. The school also introduced Darbuka lessons in spring 2017.

Art History Courses with Roberta Marin

Our introductory courses on the art of the Arab World explore the schools, the movements and the artistic practices that have characterised art across the region throughout various historical and political periods.