SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

The BA Middle Eastern Studies and ' is a three'year programme that offers students the opportunity to study the history and culture of the Middle East alongside with acquiring competence for one or more Middle Eastern languages. The two'subject degree allows students to combine the study of the region of the Middle East with a specific discipline. All disciplines at SOAS are taught with a regional focus on Asia and Africa, and students will be able to choose courses in their second subject that supplement their interest in the Middle East as a region.

Course Modules

Middle Eastern studies: modules include: literatures of the Near and Middle East; introduction to the history of the Near and Middle East; language unit at an appropriate level; introduction to Israeli culture; introduction to Arabic culture; nation and nationalism in Middle Eastern fiction (in translation); the Muslim world: unity in diversity; core independent study project; compulsory language course; Arabic cinema; cinemas of the Middle East; Persian poetry in translation; Middle Persian; Ottoman Turkish language; introduction to Sufism; history of Zionism; Israeli history and the Israel'Palestine conflict; introduction to Israeli literature; introduction to Armenian history; introduction to Armenian literature in translation; introduction to Armenian culture; introduction to the art and archaeology of the Near and Middle East; Islamic architecture; the sources of Islamic art and architecture; art and material culture of the Islamic world: 7th'14th centuries; the decorative arts of Islam; mosaics, manuscripts and wall painting in Islamic art; music of the Middle East and North Africa; Islamic law; Shi'a Islam: religious authority and community identity; the making of the Modern Middle East; Zoroastrian literature in translation; Zoroastrianism in the Ancient and Modern worlds; economic development of the Modern Middle East; government and politics of the Middle East; Eastern Christianity; Orthodox Christianity; martyrs and monks in Eastern Christian writings; Syriac for beginners; Judaism: foundation; Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism; daily life of Jews in Antiquity; the Bible and its interpretation in Ancient Judaism; the role and representation of women in Judaism. History of art and archaeology: modules include: theories and methods in the study of Asian and African art; introduction to the art and archaeology of Africa; introduction to the art and archaeology of the Near and Middle East; introduction to the art and archaeology of South and South East Asia; introduction to the art and archaeology of East Asia; African Art 2: West Africa and the Atlantic world; history, historiography and the visual arts; archaeology of Early Imperial China; architecture of Tibet and the Himalayas; art and archaeology essay on an approved topic; art and archaeology of Ancient China; arts of Tibet; Buddhist arts of Korea; Chinese art and modernity; contemporary arts in South East Asia; contemporary Korean arts in East Asia; independent study project in history of art/archaeology; introduction to the art and archaeology of Africa; introduction to the art and archaeology of East Asia; introduction to the art and archaeology of South and South East Asia; introduction to the art and archaeology of the Near and Middle East; Japanese art; mosaics, manuscripts, and wall painting in Islamic art; selected sites in Asian and African art and archaeology; temple, city and empire in South India 1300'1800; the sources of Islamic art and architecture; theory and method in the study of Asian and African art; traditional art and modern South Asia.

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

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • European Baccalaureate 75%
  • Course specific

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