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MA Gender Studies (Middle East Pathway)

MA Gender Studies (Middle East Pathway)

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Full time | SOAS, University of London | 1 year | SEP

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MA - Master of Arts

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Gender Studies

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Course Summary


The MA Gender Studies (Middle East Pathway) is our newest pathway degree yet, and is introduced at a time when SOAS is celebrating its 100 years anniversary. Its main goal is to re-focus discussions related to gender and sexuality to the unique and rich region of the Middle East. This pathway coincides with the increased relevance of the Middle East to the disciplines of development and International Relations, in addition to its omnipresence in mainstream news and media.

Who is this programme for?:

The pathway caters for students who would like to obtain a critical lens to the current issues and debates within the study of gender in the Middle East, and will appeal to both students who are interested in the relevant academic discussions and those who are interested in political and activist dimensions.


The aim of this interdisciplinary module is to equip students with the critical skills needed to think about and discuss gender and sexuality in the Middle East in ways that avoid re-inscribing normative assumptions about the region. Importantly, this module does not provide an overview of gender and sexual dynamics and norms in the Middle East. Rather, it offers theoretical, methodological and analytical tools for making sense of gender and sexuality-based oppression in the region that encourage and enable a move away from a culturally essentialist framework. The course is organised thematically around particular theoretical interventions, an engagement with which is essential for those invested in challenging widespread assumptions about the conditions of possibility for discrimination, marginalisation, oppression and persecution on the basis of gender and sexuality in the region. Students will think critically about the binaries between tradition and modernity, religion and secularism, and will interrogate the relationship between gender/sexuality and the nation, gender/sexuality and the state, gender/sexuality and the law, gender/sexuality and empire, amongst other topics, relating them to the Middle East via an in-depth engagement with context-specific narratives and scholarship.

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We will consider all applications with 2:ii (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application including supporting statement and references.

University information

At SOAS University of London, students are encouraged to challenge conventional views and to think globally. SOAS is the leading higher education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East, offering over a hundred postgraduate programmes, all taught by world-class specialists. The central London campus is home to a large postgraduate community, with 45% of students studying towards a...more

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