Arabic and Islamic studies encompasses the Arabic language and culture, as well as the extensive Islamic cultural region in its entirety from the 6th century to the modern day.
Islamic studies focuses on one of the principal religions of the world. Familiarity with Islam is significant also from the perspective of understanding current events. As for the Arabic language, it is among the major world languages. It is both an important contemporary language, as well as the literary language of a culture spanning 1,500 years.
Arabic and Islamic studies at the University of Helsinki is at the international cutting edge of the field. Scholars in the field publish their scientific work almost exclusively in international scientific publications of a high standard, in addition to which they actively produce popular literature in Finnish. Geographically, the study of Islamic culture is focused on the Arabic world and Iran.