Department of English & Translation
Throughout history, translation has always played a vital role in human communications. It
was responsible for the development of many civilizations. For example, the material aspect
of Islamic civilization flourished as a result of translation of scientific and medical works
from Indian, Persian, Syrian and Greek cultures. The European Renaissance was not possible
without extensive Arab and Islamic influence through translation of Arabic works in the
fields of knowledge: philosophy, astronomy, medicine, and mathematics into Latin and
other European languages.
In the 21st century with globalization and the explosion in the fields of Communications and
Information, translation has become essential for speakers of different languages to communicate with one another. Due to the employment of speakers of foreign languages in the
public and private sectors in Saudi Arabia, there is a dire need for translators and interpreters to assist Saudis in communicating with people from outside the MENA lands. Conferences, symposia, and visits by foreign delegations and scholars require the services of translators and interpreters.