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The Arab World Institute is an organization founded in 1980 by 18 Arab countries with the aim to research and disseminate information about the Arab world and its cultural and spiritual values in Paris. The institute was constructed from 1981 to 1987 by Architecture-Studio, together with Jean Nouvel. They won the 1981 design competition with a highly original plan for a difficult site that, over the years, have proven to be a successful design solution.
The term "Arab World" refers to vast territories, occupied by very different civilizations. Today, 22 states define themselves as Arabs by having some common cultural aspects. The first elements of Arab culture dates back from the first millennium BC in the Arabian Peninsula and it was not until the third century that an Arab identity, especially based on language emerges.
Islam emerges during the seventh century and rapidly diffuses beyond the peninsula. Islam is the third religion to recognize only one god. In those vast territory, people speak several languages - such as Aramaic, Amazigh, Kurdish... and practice other religions such as Jewish and Christian religions.
Many facets of "Arabism" with its territories, its peoples, languages, and religions that you have an opportunity to discover here. The Institute also promotes cooperation and exchanges between France and the Arab nations, particularly in the areas of science and technology, contributing to understanding between the Arab world and Europe.