SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

At SOAS the study of Arabic can be combined with a range of disciplines and languages. Combined'honours degrees in Arabic are intended to give students a solid grounding in Modern Standard and classical Arabic, as well as conversational ability in Egyptian colloquial Arabic, in combination with a second subject. Intensive study of a wide range of Arabic language and literature is a compulsory feature of combined'honours degrees in Arabic. Students are usually required to spend the third year of study at a university in the Middle East or on an equivalent programme elsewhere.

Course Modules

Arabic studies: All years: modules include: Introduction to Arabic culture; literatures of the Near and Middle East; introduction to Islam; introduction to modern Arabic literature; introduction to early Islamic texts; introduction to classical Arabic literature; introduction to Arabic dialects; politics and aesthetics in modern Arabic literature; reading classical Arabic historians; language and oral literature of an Arabic vernacular; Arabic cinema 1; Quran and Hadith studies; Islamic texts; independent study project in Arabic studies (using language sources); Sufism (texts and history); introduction to Arabic culture; elementary written Persian; elementary written Turkish; elementary Hebrew; elementary Western Armenian; introductory Akkadian; introduction to Armenian history; introduction to the history of the Near and Middle East; the making of the modern Middle East; 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 to 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. Linguistics: All years: modules include: general linguistics; introduction to grammatical structure; introduction to phonology; intermediate phonology; intermediate syntax; topics in lexical semantics or language and meaning 1; advanced syntax; current issues in phonology; issues in semantics; language, society and communication; morphology; psychology of language; phonetics; topics in lexical semantics; language in Africa; Altaic morpho'phonology; historical linguistics; linguistic typology; the structure of Bantu languages; the structure of Japanese; extended essay in linguistics; issues in semantics; current issues in phonology; advanced syntax; dynamic syntax; topics in the structure of Chinese; independent study project in linguistics.

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
  • Interview
  • Course specific

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