The Washington-based Arab Dialogue Center (ADC) held a symposium here last night on the importance of teaching Arab culture in America. Director-General of the Islamic Saudi Academy (ISA) Dr. Saad Ibn Hamad Al-Adwani, presenting a paper on the concept of culture, told his listeners that the Arab language and the Islamic faith are the two basic elements in the formation of Arab culture, and praised its openness and acculturation with other civilizations. In this connection, he underscored the importance for members of the Arab community to maintain an Arab cultural identity in the multi-racial multi-cultural American society.
Dr. Al-Adwani went on to describe the positive outcome of having the Islamic Saudi Academy in the Washington DC area, and the unlimited support of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz for the spread of Arab and Islamic culture. He also praised the efforts being exerted by Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United States Prince Bandar Ibn Sultan Ibn Abdul Aziz in supporting ISA, whose board of directors he has chaired since its establishment. Commenting on ISA's academic curriculum, Dr. Al-Adwani said it is a combination of the American educational curriculum and the Saudi Arabian syllabus for Islamic religion and Arabic language.