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. History: modules include: approaches to history; further introductory histories; regional history; introduction to the history of Africa; introduction to the history of East Asia; introduction to the history of the Near and Middle East; introduction to the history of South Asia; introduction to the history of South East Asia; culture and identity in modern South Asia; Gandhi and Gandhiism; the Middle East in the period of the Crusades, 1050'1291; cities of paradise and empire, Turks, Mongols and Mamluks 1054'1500; the making of the modern Middle East; Islamic reformism in South East Asia 1760'196; Islamic reformism in South East Asia 1760'1960; South East Asia during the Cold War 1945'1991; society and culture in 20th'century Africa; gender, sex and identity in Africa; race, class and culture in the history of Southern Africa; Atlantic slavery and its legacies: Western Africa 1500'2000; society, environment and state in the history of China; history of gender in China; modern Japan; modern China; Manchu society and culture: an alternative history of China (1600'1997); traders, believers, rebels: a social history of Islam in China (650'2008); Nehru and India's modernity, 1936'64; body, power and society in Early India; histories of partition: India and Palestine; reform, resistance and revolution: the Ottoman Empire 1876'1909; history of Iran: Qajars to the Islamic Republic; rulers, rebels and scholars in Early Islam, 600'1200; the creation of modern Burma 1852'1941; violence, identity and politics in modern East and North East Africa; Asante, the Gold Coast and the British, 1807'1935; opium and empires, 1773 to 1919: China, India and Britain; the First World War in the Middle East and Jerusalem; city and country in modern Japan; Christianity in China (1600'1949); independent study project (Asian and African history).

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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