SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

At SOAS the study of Turkish can be combined with an unparalleled range of disciplines and languages. All combined'honours degrees in Turkish are four'year programmes that expose students to at least three years intensive study of Turkish language and literature. This programme also benefits from a wide range of activities (seminars and talks, weekly film screenings and the annual Turkish Film Festival) as well as the presence of a vibrant Turkish'speaking community in London.

Course Modules

Turkish Modules include: Intensive Turkish language; literatures of the Near and Middle East; intermediate Modern Turkish language; Ottoman Turkish language; 20th'century Turkish literature 1; nation and nationalism in Middle Eastern fiction (in translation); advanced translation; Ottoman Turkish language; Turkish literature of the Tanzimat and later 19th century; 20th'century Turkish literature; Classical Ottoman literature; the history and development of the Turkish language; independent study project (Turkish literature); extended essay in Turkish studies; introduction to Arabic culture; introduction to Armenian history; introduction to Armenian literature in translation; introduction to Armenian culture; introduction to the history of the Near and Middle East; introduction to Islam; religions of East and Central Asia; introduction to the art and archaeology of the Near and Middle East; states, people and power in Asia and Africa; comparative and international politics; the Muslim world: unity in diversity; Classical Persian prose texts; Classical Persian poetry; the making of the Modern Middle East; the Middle East in the period of the Crusades, 1050'1291; Turks, Mongols and Mamluks 1054'1500; cities of paradise and empire; Eastern Christianity; Orthodox Christianity; Islamic architecture; the sources of Islamic art and architecture; the decorative arts of Islam; art and material culture of the Islamic world: 7th'14th centuries; mosaics, manuscripts and wall painting in Islamic art; music of the Middle East and North Africa; government and politics of the Middle East; Islamic law; politics and aesthetics in Modern Arabic literature; reading Classical Arabic historians; Arabic cinema; Modern Persian prose literature; reform, resistance and revolution: the Ottoman Empire 1876'1909; Islam and democracy; economic development of the Modern Middle East. Study of religions Modules include: Introduction to the study of religions; Buddhism: foundation; Christianity: foundation; Hinduism: foundation; Judaism: foundation; religions of East and Central Asia; religions of Africa; introduction to Islam; introduction to Jainism; advanced theory in the study of religions; Buddhism in Central Asia; Buddhism in pre'Modern China; Buddhist legends: readings in Avadana literature; Buddhist monasticism; conflict in compliance: about the lives of Buddhist monks in Ancient India; contemporary Islamism in South Asia: readings in Sayyid Abu l'A'la Mawdudi; critical theory and the study of religions; daily life of Jews in Antiquity; death and the meaning of life; Eastern Christianity; independent study project in the study of religions; intermediate Pali; Islam in Britain; Japanese religion: a historical overview; Jewish identity from Ancient to Modern times; Mahayana Buddhism; martyrs and monks in Eastern Christian writings; Messianic movements in Islamic history; Middle Persian; minority religions in the contemporary Middle East; Mysticism in the great traditions; myth and mythmaking; non'violence in Jain scriptures; philosophy and law; Orthodox Christianity; readings in Mahayana Sutra literature; religion and gender; religious philosophies of Ancient and Medieval India; representations of the Holocaust; Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism; Shan Buddhism; Shi'a Islam: religious authority and community identity; Syriac for beginners; Taoism and Chinese religions; Taoism: the great tradition; textual sources of Classical Hinduism; the Bible and its interpretation in Ancient Judaism; the role and representation of women in Judaism; themes in Japanese religions; Theravada Buddhism; Tibetan Buddhism; Tibetan Buddhist texts from Central Asia; translation of Buddhist texts; Vedic Sanskrit; Zoroastrian literature in translation; Zoroastrianism in the Ancient and Modern Worlds.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • Course specific

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