SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme offers a deep insight into the Arab world through its literatures; students develop an advanced understanding of Arabic literature and gain detailed knowledge of its past and present. The syllabus combines the literary approaches of comparative literature with in'depth study of Arabic literature; students have the opportunity to become familiar with, among other things, literary theory, translation techniques, the sociology of literature, the social and political dimensions of modern Arabic literature, and different genres and themes of classical, medieval and modern Arabic literature.

Course Modules

Theory and techniques of comparative literature; social and political dimensions of modern Arabic literature; Arabic women's writing: theories and practices; early and medieval Arabic linguistic thought: scholarship and literature; a modern Arabic literary genre: themes and techniques; Arabic poetry and criticism; Arabic popular literature: themes, genres and theory; modern Palestinian literature (PG); classical Arabic prose literature and Adab; reading classical Arabic historians: themes and trends in Islamic historiography; Arabic critical theory and thought; culture, society and politics in classical Arabic literature.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
2 years
Part Time

Qualifications required:

  • 1st or upper 2nd Class Honours degree or overseas equivalent in Arabic or another relevant subject with good knowledge of Arabic. Interviews by arrangement.