SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

Besides offering the students the opportunity to study Persian in combination with another discipline, this offers the students the opportunity to study the Persian language in'depth and intensively. SOAS is one of only a handful of British universities that offers the comprehensive study of modern and classical Persian language in combination with subjectdisciplines from arts and humanities, and law and social sciences.

Course Modules

Persian Modules include: Persian language; literatures of the Near and Middle East; introduction to Islam; Classical Persian prose texts; Modern Persian poetry; Classical Persian poetry; Modern Persian prose literature; independent study project in Persian studies; introduction to Arabic culture; Old Persian; Middle Persian; Sogdian; Bactrian; Khotanese; elementary written Turkish; Arabic; elementary Western Armenian; elementary Hebrew; elementary Georgian; introduction to Sufis; introduction to the history of the Near and Middle East; the making of the Modern Middle East; history of Iran: Qajars to the Islamic Republic; cities of paradise and empire; Zoroastrianism in the Ancient and Modern Worlds; introduction to Islam; Shi'a Islam: religious authority and community identity; introduction to the art and archaeology of the Near and Middle East; 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; Islamic law; government and politics of the Middle East; economic development of the Modern Middle East. Economics Years 1: Introduction to economic analysis; introduction to quantitative methods for economists (for those without A level mathematics or equivalent); quantitative methods for economists (for those with A level mathematics grade A or B or equivalent); comparative growth in Asia and Africa. Year 2: Intermediate economic analysis; econometrics; quantitative methods for economists; quantitative methods for economists; economics of developing countries I; banking and finance in economic development; foreign trade and development. Year 3: Advanced economic analysis; applied econometrics; economic development of Africa; economic development of South Asia; economic development of South'East Asia; economic development of Japan since 1868; economic development of modern China; economic development of the modern Middle East; economics of developing countries II; independent study project in economics.

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

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level AAB-AAA
  • Course specific

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