With the advent of immigrants from countries in North Africa and the Middle East, the growth of Islam in Britain and a general awareness of the need for recognition of cultural diversity, there has been a revival of interest in the Arabic language. Such interest had hitherto been largely confined to such elite schools as London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), or to the writings of eccentric travellers like Sir Richard Burton, Wilfrid Thesiger and other ‘Arabists’. Immigrant groups in Birmingham, Bradford and Leicester have set up weekend classes to teach their children Arabic. Also, expansion in higher education has meant that many more courses in spoken Arabic, as opposed to classical Arabic language are now taught.
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