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. 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
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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