Cambridge established the UK's first Professorship of Arabic in 1632, and the University remains a vibrant centre of Arabic scholarship.

The Department of Middle Eastern Studies conducts teaching and research in Hebrew and Semitic Studies, and Arabic and Persian Studies. The Centre of Islamic Studies aims to promote a constructive and critical understanding of Islam in the modern world. The renowned Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme offers a distinctive scholarly approach to furthering understanding across the three Abrahamic traditions.

Also in Cambridge, the Gulf Research Center works to advance education and research on political, economic, social and security issues relating to member countries of the Gulf region. Cambridge University Library has an outstanding collection of materials from the countries of the Arabian Peninsula, the wider Middle East and Islamic regions of North Africa and Central Asia.

In the Middle East, Cambridge departments and academics are involved in collaborations with leading universities and research institutions. Cambridge Assessment is working with schools in Egypt to reform the curriculum and teacher training in the Middle East’s most populous country.