MA Middle Eastern Studies

Leiden University

Program Description

MA Middle Eastern Studies

Leiden University

Leiden University’s Master’s in Middle Eastern Studies covers virtually the entire Middle East, both in time and in geography. This is unique for the Netherlands, and extremely rare elsewhere. If you are interested in Middle Eastern languages, literature, religion and history, you will discover that developments in modern times take a central place in the study of these disciplines. On the other hand, it is equally possible for you to explore the classical heritage of Islam for which Leiden is internationally renowned.

The staff’s extensive international network will give you opportunities for research abroad at various institutions and universities in the Middle East itself, making the programme even more unique in the Netherlands.

The MA in Middle Eastern Studies exposes you to research covering the history, literature, languages and politics of the Arab, Persian and Turkish world, with special attention for the field of Islamic law, anthropology, philology and the modern Middle East. You can specialise in one of five different areas, each of which can be further tailored to your field of interest by opting for a particular disciplinary approach, such as linguistics, anthropology, history, literary studies, or the Modern Middle East; or by choosing a particular geographic region, such as Morocco or Central Asia; or alternatively by concentrating on a particular historical period, such as the Middle Ages or the twentieth century.

Specialisations

  • Arabic Studies - the history of Islam, contemporary developments in the Arab world, Arabic literature, and rich manuscript traditions are your topics of study in Arabic Studies.
  • Islamic Studies - you study the rich context of Islamic law and anthropology of the Muslim world from the perspective of the social sciences combined with philology.
  • Israel Studies - further information pending.
  • Modern Middle East Studies - this focuses solely on modern times, as you study the rich cultures, literatures and religions of this strategically important region while examining the Islamic Revolution (1979) in Iran, revolts and revolutions in Arab countries, and political developments in Turkey, Central Asia and Afghanistan.
  • Persian Studies - this focuses on courses combining philology with modern history, literature with linguistics, religion with rituals, and visual arts with the rich Persian iconography and visual arts. The scope of the programme extends beyond present-day Iran.
  • Turkish Studies - if you concentrate on Turkish Studies, you take courses on such topics as Turkish history and Turkey’s relation to Europe, viewed against its transition from the multi-ethnic Ottoman state to a nation state.

Tuition fees

EU/EEA, Dutch (including Netherlands Antilles), Swiss or Surinamese: around €1,984.

Other: around €16,400.

Interested?

If you would like to know more, please send us a message or visit the programme page: http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/programmes/middle-eastern-studies/en/introduction

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated October 5, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Feb. 2017
Sept. 2017
Duration
Duration
1 year
Full time
Price
Price
1,984 EUR
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Deadline
Request Info
October 15th for those requiring a visa, residence permit or housing; if these are not required, the deadline is Dec 1st.
Start date Feb. 2017
Place
Netherlands Leiden
Application deadline Request Info
October 15th for those requiring a visa, residence permit or housing; if these are not required, the deadline is Dec 1st.
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 1,984 EUR
Non-EEA, non-Swiss, & non-Surinam: 16400
Start date Sept. 2017
Place
Netherlands Leiden
Application deadline Apr. 1, 2017
April 1st for those requiring a visa, residence permit or housing; if these are not required, the deadline is June 15th.
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 1,984 EUR
Non-EEA, non-Swiss, & non-Surinam: 16400
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