BA Islamic Studies

Duration: 4 years

Minimum Entry Requirements:

  • Languages at SOAS are taught ab initio, and no prior knowledge of Arabic is required.
  • Subjects Preferred: A good pass in a foreign language at A-level, or equivalent, is preferred
  • Interview Policy: Candidates with "non-standard" qualifications may be invited for an interview.
  • A LEVELS: AAB-ABB. A Level language preferred
  • IB:35 (6/6/5)

Mode of Attendance: Full-Time

This four-year programme is intended to give students a solid grounding in Modern Standard and classical Arabic, familiarity with the core textual tradition of Islam, a broad knowledge of Islamic history and some insight into the methodology of religious studies. The third year is spent at a university in the Middle East.

Course Information

Modern language teaching involves class work, language-laboratory teaching, computer-assisted learning (CALL) and independent study. Introductory and intermediate modules in the Arabic language use a wide variety of learning experiences and techniques in large and small groups. Most other modules are taught in small classes. Assessment is by a combination of written examination, oral examination (where appropriate) and coursework.

Structure

Students take modules to the value of 120 credits per year. There is some element of choice to develop special interests.


Year 1

1. Core Module

Must be passed with an overall mark of 50 to proceed to the following year of study.

  • Arabic 1 Intensive 155900896 90 Full Year

2. Compulsory Module

Choose ONE of the following modules:

  • Introduction to Arabic Culture 155901205 30 Full Year
  • Works of literature of the Near and Middle East 155900991 30 Full Year
  • H130 Introduction to the History of the Near and Middle East 154800230 30 Full Year


Year 2

1. Core Module

  • Arabic 2155900897 30 Full Year

2. Compulsory Modules

  • Introduction to Islamic texts 155901115 30 Full Year
  • The Muslim World: Unity in Diversity 155901258 30 Full Year


PLUS

Guided Option

Choose a module from List A below to the value of 30 credits


OR

Open Option

Choose related Language or Non-Language open option modules to the value of 30 credits

  • Language Open Option Modules
  • Non-Language Open Option Modules


Year 3

Please click the "Teaching & Learning" tab above for more information on the Arabic Year Abroad.


Year 4

Students who wish to specialize in Islamic studies are able to opt for further text-reading courses in this field. There is also an opportunity to write an extended essay (ISP).

1. Core Module

  • Arabic 4155900899 30 Full Year


PLUS

Compulsory Module

Choose a module from List B to the value of 30 credits


PLUS

Guided Option

Choose a module from List B OR List C to the value of 30 credits


PLUS

Guided Option

Choose a module from List B OR List C OR List D to the value of 30 credits


OR

Open Option

Choose related Language or Non-Language open option modules to the value of 30 credits

  • Language Open Option Modules
  • Non-Language Open Option Modules


List of Optional Modules

List A: Second Year Options

  • Introduction to Arabic Literature 155905004 30 Full Year
  • Introduction to Sufism 155901375 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
  • Introduction to Arabic Dialects 155901396 30 Full Year
  • Persian for Readers of Arabic Script 155905002 30 Full Year
  • Elementary Written Turkish 155901051 30 Full Year
  • Introductory Akkadian 155900426 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
  • Modern Hebrew Language: Elementary 155901407 30 Full Year
  • H248 The Making of the Modern Middle East 154800227 30 Full Year
  • Mosaics, Manuscripts, and Wall Painting in Islamic Art 154900134 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
  • Art and Material Culture of the Islamic World: 7th to 14th Centuries 154900138 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
  • Government and politics of the Middle East 153400060 30 Full Year
  • Economic development of the modern Middle East 153400031 30 Full Year
  • Islamic Law 155200037 30 Full Year

List B: Year 4 Arabic and Islamic Compulsory Courses (not all are running every year)

  • Quran and hadith Studies 155900734 30 Full Year
  • Islamic Texts 155900356 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
  • Reading Classical Arabic historians 155901334 30 Full Year
  • Islamic Intellectual History 155901338 30 Full Year

List C: Year 4 Arabic and Islamic Related Options

  • Politics and Aesthetics in Modern Arabic Literature 155901382 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
  • Language and Oral Literature of an Arabic Vernacular 155901376 30 Full Year
  • Sufism: Texts and History 155901381 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
  • Medieval Arabic Thought 155901377 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
  • Culture Society and Politics in Classical Arabic Literature 155901373 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
  • Arabic Womens' Writing 155901406 30 Full Year
  • Art and Material Culture of the Islamic World: 7th to 14th Centuries 154900138 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
  • Mosaics, Manuscripts, and Wall Painting in Islamic Art 154900134 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
  • Islamic Law 155200037 30 Full Year

List D: Other Approved (Arabic related) Options (not all available every year)

  • Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa 1155905000 15 Term 1
  • Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa 2155905001 15 Term 2
  • Independent Study Project in Arabic Studies (using Language sources) 155901344 30 Full Year
  • Independent Study Project in Islamic Studies 155901339 30 Full Year
  • Independent Study Project in Arabic Studies 155900733 30 Full Year
  • Introductory Akkadian 155900426 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
  • Elementary Written Turkish 155901051 30 Full Year
  • Persian for Readers of Arabic Script 155905002 30 Full Year
  • Modern Hebrew Language: Elementary 155901407 30 Full Year
  • H248 The Making of the Modern Middle East 154800227 30 Full Year
  • Government and politics of the Middle East 153400060 30 Full Year
  • Economic development of the modern Middle East 153400031 30 Full Year
Program taught in:
English

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Last updated January 22, 2019
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