The Center for Arab and Islamic Studies

Director: Fr. Michael Calabria, O.F.M., Ph.D.
Phone: (716) 375-2162
Fax: (716) 375-2156


Ms. Wardia Hart, Ed.M., Arabic Instructor
Ibrahim Zabad, Ph.D., Political Science


Inspired by the historical encounter between Francis of Assisi and the Sultan al-Malik al-Kamil in 1219, the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies at St. Bonaventure University seeks to promote and understanding of Arab and Islamic cultures, an appreciation of both their historical and contemporary significance in the global community, and respectful relations between Muslim and Christian people.

The Mission of CAIS comprises four main areas

  • On-campus instruction
  • Off-campus instruction
  • Community outreach and engagement
  • Scholarship


Courses in Arab and Islamic studies are offered through various academic departments.  See Modern Languages for undergraduate courses in Arabic.  For other undergraduate courses in Arab and Islamic studies, see: Art History, History, Theology, and Women's Studies.