BA Middle Eastern Studies and ...

Duration: Three years

Entry Requirements

  • Development Studies, TL6X BA/MESDVS
  • Economics, TL61 TL61 BA/MESEC
  • Geography*, TL67
  • History of Art/Archaeology, TV6H BA/MESHAA
  • Law, TM61 BA/MESLW
  • Linguistics, TQ61 BA/MESLG
  • Music, TW6H BA/MESMS
  • Social Anthropology, TL66 BA/MESSA
  • Study of Religions, TV6P BA/MESSR

*taught at King’s College, London

Interview Policy: Candidates with "non-standard" qualifications may be invited for interview

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

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 modules in their second subject that supplement their 2 interest in the Middle East as a region.

Combinations

May be combined with

  • Development Studies, TL6X BA/MESDVS
  • Economics, TL61 TL61 BA/MESEC
  • Geography*, TL67
  • History of Art/Archaeology, TV6H BA/MESHAA
  • Law, TM61 BA/MESLW
  • Linguistics, TQ61 BA/MESLG
  • Music, TW6H BA/MESMS
  • Social Anthropology, TL66 BA/MESSA
  • Study of Religions, TV6P BA/MESSR

*taught at King’s College, London

Structure

The BA Middle Eastern Studies and another subject three-year degree allows for the study of the Middle East in a broad context, with the possibility of focusing on culture, history or literature. In the two-subject degree, students take each year t60 credits in Middle Eastern Studies and 60 credits in their other subject. Students take one module in a Middle Eastern language in each year of their studies, either one language at progressive levels or more than one language at the basic level.

In year 1 students take an overview module on Middle Eastern history and literature or an introductory module on Arabic or Israeli culture.

In year 2 the language study is supplemented by a module on the modern works of literature of the Middle East or a module on the Muslim world.

In year 3 students take the compulsory language module and write a 10,000-word undergraduate dissertation (Independent Study Project) on an approved Middle Eastern topic of their choice.

Learn a language as part of this programme

Degree programmes at SOAS - including this one - can include language courses in more than forty African and Asian languages. It is SOAS students’ command of an African or Asian language which sets SOAS apart from other universities.

Year 1

Core Module

Choose ONE of the following modules. This module will be considered core and must be passed in order to proceed to the following year of study.

  • Works of literature of the Near and Middle East 155900991 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Introduction to Arabic Culture 155901205 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Introduction to Israeli Culture 155900947 (30 credits) Full Year

Compulsory Module

Choose a further 30 credits from the list above OR 30 credits in a language at a suitable level OR modules to the value of 30 credits from the list of options below.

Second Subject

60 credits are taken in the other subject

Year 2

Core Module

Choose ONE of the following modules. This module will be considered core and must be passed in order to proceed to the following year of study.

  • The Muslim World: Unity in Diversity 155901258 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Nation and Nationalism in Middle Eastern fiction (in Translation) 155901380 (30 credits) Full Year

Compulsory Module

Choose a further 30 credits from the list above OR 30 credits in a language at a suitable level OR modules to the value of 30 credits from the list of options below.

Second Subject

60 credits are taken in the other subject

Year 3

Compulsory Module

Choose modules to the value of 30 credits from the list below.

  • Independent Study Project in Middle Eastern Studies 155901386 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Independent Study Project in Arabic Studies 155900733 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Independent Study Project in Hebrew/Israeli Studies 155900738 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Independent Study Project in Persian Studies 155901184 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa 1 155905000 (15credits) Term 1
  • Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa 2 155905001 (15credits) Term 2

Optional Module

Choose further modules to the value of 30 credits from the list above (but not a second ISP), OR a language module OR 30 credits from the list of options below.

Second Subject

60 credits are taken in the other subject

Language Module Options

  • Arabic 100 155901202 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Arabic 200 155901203 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Arabic 300 155901204 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Arabic 2 155900897 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Arabic 500 155900898 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Arabic 4 155900899 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Quranic Arabic 155901400 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Modern Hebrew Language: Elementary 155901407 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Modern Hebrew Language: Intermediate 155900713 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Modern Hebrew Language: Advanced 155900714 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Elementary Written Persian 155901053 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Elementary Persian Texts 155901155 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Intermediate Persian Language 155900801 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Advanced Persian Language 155900802 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Elementary Written Turkish 155901051 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Intermediate Modern Turkish Language 155900547 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Advanced Turkish Language 155900548 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Structure of Abkhaz 155901176 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018

List of Optional Modules

Before selecting a module, student's must first check that it is at the correct level. They must also ensure that they meet any pre-requisites.

  • H130 Introduction to the History of the Near and Middle East 154800230 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Judaism: Foundation 158000148 (15credits) Term 2
  • Islam: Foundations 158000189 (15credits) Term 1
  • Persian Poetry in Translation 155901277 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Middle Persian 158000183
  • Ottoman Turkish Language 155900549 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Introduction to Sufism 155901375 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • History of Zionism 155901168 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Israeli History and the Israel-Palestine Conflict 155901167 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Jerusalem: A City in Conflict 155905003 (15credits) Term 1
  • Themes in the Art and Archaeology of the Near and Middle East 154900101 (15credits) Term 2
  • Art and Material Culture of the Islamic World: 7th to 14th Centuries 154900138 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • War and Peace in the Eastern Mediterranean: Art and Architecture of Medieval Syria and Palestine 154900197 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Ottoman Art and Architecture (14th-17th centuries) 154900185 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Mosque and Palace in the Muslim World 154900187 (15credits) Term 2
  • Art and Architecture of Medieval Islamic Turkey: the Seljuks and their Neighbours 154900195 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Mosaics, Manuscripts, and Wall Painting in Islamic Art 154900134 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Islamic Law 155200037 (30 credits) Full Year
  • H246 Cities of Paradise and Empire 154800211 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • H248 The Making of the Modern Middle East 154800227 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Shi'a Islam: Religious Authority and Community Identity 158000147 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Developments in Muslim Religious Thought 158000188 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Messianic Movements in Muslim History 158000149 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • International Relations of the Middle East 153400081 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Zoroastrian Literature in Translation 158000095 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Zoroastrianism in the Ancient and Modern Worlds 158000029 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Eastern Christianity 158000132 (15credits) Term 1
  • Orthodox Christianity 158000131 (15credits) Term 2
  • Martyrs & Monks in Eastern Christian Writings 158000130 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism 158000151 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Daily Life of Jews in Antiquity 158000155 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • The Role and Representation of Women in Judaism 158000154 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Identity and Language in Hebrew literature 155901411 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Economic development of the modern Middle East 153400031 (30 credits) Full Year
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated September 5, 2019
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