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San'a Institute for the
Arabic Language
Sa’ilah Street, Sanaa
Established 1995
Head of school Muhammad Al-Anasi

San'a Institute for the Arabic Language (SIAL) is located in the Old City of Sanaa, Yemen on Sa’ilah Street. The school specializes in teaching Arabic as a foreign language.[1]

SIAL also teaches courses in Arabic calligraphy, Islamic studies, and Yemeni culture.[2]

SIAL is in a beautiful old house in the Tabariya neighborhood of Old Sanaa. At first, the school attracted many U.S. and British students, but Al-Qaeda’s attack on the American destroyer Cole and 9/11 led to there being “very few Americans or Europeans.” Most of the students are from Indonesia and Malaysia, and many students are not Muslim.[3]

The founder and director of SIAL is Muhammad Al-Anasi. Before founding SIAL in 1995, he studied English at Reading University in the mid-1980s,[4] and was the Arabic Language Program Coordinator for the U.S. Peace Corps/Yemen.[5]

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the suspected Flight 253 Christmas Day bomber

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