MA History of Art and Architecture of the Islamic Middle East

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MA History of Art and Architecture of the Islamic Middle East

SOAS University of London

MA History of Art and Architecture of the Islamic Middle East

Duration: One year (full-time). Two or three years (part-time, daytime only).

Minimum Entry Requirements: The normal qualification for admission to the MA programme is an upper second class honours degree. Other qualifications, however, may be acceptable and the Department welcomes mature students. Students taking the MA degree may or may not have previous experience of our subjects. While knowledge of a relevant Asian or African language is not a requirement, for some modules it is an advantage for admission (see individual module descriptions for details). It is possible to include an element of language training within the MA programme by taking an Asian or African language as one of the two ‘minor’ modules. This option may be particularly desirable for those intending to progress to the PhD, who do not already have the necessary language skills.

Start of programme: September intake only.

Mode of Attendance: Full-Time or Part-Time.

The Islamic Middle East has given rise to an impressive material culture that continues in the present. This programme covers an area stretching from Islamic Spain through the Arab countries, Turkey, Iran and Central Asia in diverse historical periods. It offers students an unmatched opportunity to study particular regions or categories of art, including Fatimid art; the architecture and urbanism of Morocco; Arab, Persian and Turkish painting; the calligraphy and illumination of the Qur'an; Mamluk art and architecture; the arts and architecture of the Ottomans in Turkey and the Balkans; and the material culture of western Iran. Archaeological issues of the Islamic Middle East are also considered.

In addition, the degree engages with trans-regional topics that extend beyond the Middle East, such as cultural and artistic relationships between the Islamic Middle East and Europe.

Students can decide to study complementary courses on non-Islamic traditions of the Middle East and/or the Islamic traditions of other regions.

The Department of the History of Art and Archaeology contains some of the world’s leading experts in the art history and archaeology of the Islamic Middle East, whose ground-breaking research informs and is informed by their teaching. Students benefit from the unparalleled knowledge and enthusiasm of the staff. As members of the School of Arts, they profit from the insights of scholars and students working in other related fields, such as Music, Film and Media in the Middle East and the wider Islamic world. They can also select from modules in other departments, taking advantage of SOAS’s unrivalled expertise in the languages, history, religions and cultures of the Middle East.

A Masters from the Department of the History of Art and Archaeology provides students with expertise in the History of Art and/or Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Our postgraduates progress to work in arts, culture and heritage roles, including in galleries, museums, archives, conservation, publishing and arts administration. The large portfolio of transferable skills they acquire enables them to forge careers in a range of other fields across the world. Our Master's programmes are also an excellent foundation for MPhil/PhD research.

Structure

Students must complete 120 credits of MA taught modules in addition to the compulsory dissertation (60 credits).

  • A minimum of 60 credits must be selected from the MA modules in the History of Art and Archaeology department related to History of Art and Architecture of the Islamic Middle East listed below.
  • Up to 15 credits may be selected from the other MA modules in the department listed below.
  • Up to 45 credits taken from MA options offered by other SOAS departments, also listed below.Please note that not all option modules may run every year.
  • Students must complete the Dissertation in History of Art and Architecture of the Islamic Middle East (15PARC997).

Students may be allowed to study for the MA on a part-time basis.

  • The part-time MA may be taken over two years, in which case the student takes two 30 credits modules (or equivalent 15 credits modules) in the first year, and two 30 credits modules (or equivalent 15 credits modules) and the dissertation in the second year.
  • Alternatively, it can be taken over three years, in which case the student can distribute the 120 credits modules evenly in each of the three years. The dissertation can be written in year two or three, but it is strongly recommended that this is undertaken in the final year of the programme. It must be submitted in September of the year in which the student registers for it.

Compulsory

  • Dissertation in History of Art and Archaeology: History of Art and Archaeology of Islamic Middle East 15PARC997 (60 credits) Full Year

Options in History of Art and Architecture of the Islamic Middle East

  • Approaches to Critical Interpretation & Aesthetic Theories 15PARC004 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Arab Painting 15PARH054 (15credits) Term 1
  • Architectural Boundaries and the Body 15PARH063 (15credits) Term 1
  • Art and Archaeology of the Silk Road 15PARC032 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Art and Architecture of the Fatimids 15PARH035 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Art and Architecture of the Early Ottomans and the Beyliks (13-15th centuries) 15PARH068 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Islam and the West: Artistic and Cultural Contacts 15PARH034 (15credits) Term 2
  • Islamic Art and Architecture of Eastern Mediterranean of the Period of the Crusades (11th-14th centuries) 15PARH080 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Islamic Art & Architecture of Medieval Anatolia and the South Caucasus (11-13th centuries) 15PARH070 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Islamic Archaeology 15PARH081 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Illustrated Manuscript Cultures of Southeast Asia 15PARH073 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Issues in Contemporary Southeast Asian Art 15PARH083 (15credits) Term 2
  • Morocco and the Horizons of Visibility 15PARH065 (15credits) Term 2
  • Persian Painting 15PARH053 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018

Other Options in the History of Art and Archaeology

  • Architectural Boundaries and the Body 15PARH063 (15credits) Term 1
  • Arts of Koryo and Chosen Korea 15PARH059 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Arts of Modern and Contemporary China (since 1800) 15PARH055 (15credits) Term 2
  • Buddhist and Hindu Art of the Maritime Silk Route 15PARH057 (15credits) Term 1
  • Ceramics in Chinese Culture: 10th - 18th Centuries 15PARH046 (15credits) Term 1
  • Chinese Porcelain: Trade, Transfer and Reception 15PARH064 (15credits) Term 2
  • Collecting and Curating Buddhist Art in the Museum 15PARH069 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Critical Themes in Tibetan Art 15PARH074 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Diaspora Contexts and Visual Culture 15PARH042 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Illustrated Manuscript Cultures of Southeast Asia 15PARH073 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Imag(in)ing Buddhahood in South Asia (1) 15PARH078 (15credits) Term 1
  • Modern and Contemporary Arts in Africa 15PARH048 (15credits) Term 2
  • Modern and Contemporary Korean Art 15PARH060 (15credits) Term 1
  • Monuments and sculpture of Angkor 15PARH071 (15credits) Term 1
  • Photography and the Image in Africa 15PARH082 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Popular Practice in the Edo Period Arts 15PARH008 (15credits) Term 2
  • Representing Conflict: A Cross-Cultural and Inter-Disciplinary Approach 15PARH039 (15credits) Term 2
  • Sacred Art and Architecture of Ancient Korea 15PARH056 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Shogunal Iconography in the Edo Period 15PARH007 (15credits) Term 1
  • The Indian Temple 15PARC034 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Tibetan Buddhist Monuments in Context 15PARH075 (15credits) Term 1
  • Understanding Art East and West: from Asmat Shields to Tate Modern 15PARH058 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Visual Arts of Dynastic China (to 1800) (Cohort A) 15PARH051 (15credits) Term 1

Options in Other Departments

Anthropology

  • Culture and Society of Near and Middle East 15PANH067 (15credits) Term 2

History

  • Encountering the Other: the Middle East during the Crusading Period 15PHIH037 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Outsiders in Medieval Middle Eastern Societies: Minorities, Social Outcasts and Foreigners 15PHIH006 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018

Media Studies

  • Communication, Culture and Politics in the Middle East: Theoretical and Analytical Approaches 15PMSC005 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Emerging Digital Cultures in Asia and Africa - Theory and Practice 15PMSH018
  • Mediated Culture in the Middle East: Politics and Communications 15PMSH003 (15credits) Term 1

Study of Religions

  • Avestan I 15PSRC033 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Eastern and Orthodox Christianity 15PSRC055 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Imag(in)ing Buddhahood in South Asia (2) 15PSRH051 (15credits) Term 2
  • Mystical Traditions 15PSRC068 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Pahlavi Language 15PSRC034 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Zoroastrianism: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives 15PSRC052 - Not Running 2017/18

Music

  • Music, Nation and Conflict in Jerusalem 15PMUH022 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018

Near & Middle East

  • Arabic 2 (PG) 15PNMC382 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Arabic 300 (Postgraduate) 15PNMC390
  • Arabic 4 (PG) 15PNMC391 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Arabic Poetry and Criticism 15PNMC048 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Arabic Women's Writing: Theories and Practices 15PNMC411 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies I: History and Politics 15PNMH006 (15credits) Term 1
  • Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies II: Culture and Society 15PNMH007 (15credits) Term 2
  • Elementary Persian Texts (PG) 15PNMC384 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Elementary Written Persian 15PNMC387 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Elementary Written Turkish 15PNMC386 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Film and Society in the Middle East 15PNMC230 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Intensive Turkish Language (PG) 15PNMC395 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Intermediate Modern Turkish Language (PG) 15PNMC383 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Intermediate Standard Modern Arabic 15PNMC407 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Introduction to Standard Modern Arabic 15PNMC032 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Iran: History, Culture, Politics 15PNMC405 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Israel and the Palestinians 15PNMC038 (30 credits) Full Year
  • New Cinemas of Turkey 15PNMH004 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Persian for Readers of Arabic Script (PG) 15PNMC422 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Persian Language 2 (PG) 15PNMC033 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Persian Language 3 (PG) 15PNMC408 (30 credits) Full Year
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Last updated July 18, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
Duration
Duration
1 - 3 years
Part time
Full time
Price
Price
9,225 GBP
Full-time UK/EU Fees: £9,225; Full-time Overseas Fees: £18,980 per academic year
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Locations
United Kingdom - London, England
Start date : Sept. 2019
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End date Sept. 1, 2019
Dates
Sept. 2019
United Kingdom - London, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 1, 2019