The History program aims to create a new generation of Arab researchers in the field of Arab and Islamic History, to build on the experience accumulated by prominent professors in the field of historical studies from Arab and Western universities. This program makes recourse to a multiplicity of new western theories in the field of historical research. The program aims to fathom the depths of the history of economic, political, social and intellectual structures in Arab countries while revisiting historical events with the goal of reinterpretation based on new research methodologies.

The program accords particular importance to the study of Arab history within the various regional and international processes. It also seeks to step into new territory by offering the study of current or immediate history. In all it proposes to do, the program aims to impress on students the necessity of diversifying news sources through exposure to various Arabic and western archives. This exposure to the history of structures and relational history will familiarize students with modern schools of history and will enable them to write Arab history in a new manner, which contributes to overcoming tradition and focusing on new methodological frameworks.

Program Entry Requirements

The History program welcomes outstanding applicants who possess the skills and motivation required for graduate study.

Admission to the History program is open for students who hold a Bachelor's degree in History, or in other disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, political science or other related disciplines. The program may also require one or more of the following:

  • A research project of around 1500 words on a topic related to the program.
  • Pass a written examination on a History related topic.

Before applying please ensure you have visited and understood the Admissions requirements and procedures at the Institute level.

Core Courses

  • HIST 611 Historical Research: Methods and Schools
  • HIST 612 Mediterranean Islamic Political Entities
  • HIST613 Mediterranean Material and Social Civilization: Population, Production, and Ways of Life
  • HIST614 Reform and Modernization in the Arab and Islamic World
  • HIST615 Communication Networks and Transfer of Ideas and Techniques in the Mediterranean and Islamic world
  • HIST616 Urban and Rural Structures in the Mediterranean and Islamic world

Elective Courses

  • HIST620 Reading Archival Documents: Methods and Study (non- credit)
  • HIST621 Arab and Islamic Historiography
  • HIST622 Current History: Protest Movements
  • HIST623 History and Memory

Career Destinations

Upon completion of this program, graduates will obtain a degree in “Master of Social Sciences and Humanities: History”.

Graduates of this program will acquire the knowledge and skills enabling them to:

  • Pursue graduate studies at the Ph.D. level.
  • Pursue careers that require historical knowledge, particularly in international relations, since graduates will have acquired the skills of reading documents and text pertaining to the history of the relationship between the Arabs and spheres of civilization.
Program taught in:
  • English

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