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MA History of Art and Architecture of the Islamic Middle East and Intensive Language (Arabic)

MA History of Art and Architecture of the Islamic Middle East and Intensive Language (Arabic)

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Full time | SOAS, University of London | 2 years | SEP

Study mode

Full time

Duration

2 years

Start date

SEP

Key information
DATA SOURCE : IDP Connect

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Art History Middle East: Art Architectural History Middle East: History Historical / Comparative Linguistics

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Overview

History of Art and Architecture of the Islamic Middle East:

The MA History of Art and Architecture of the Islamic Middle East and Intensive Language programme covers an area stretching from Islamic Spain through the Arab countries, Turkey, Iran and Central Asia in diverse historical periods. The Islamic Middle East has given rise to an impressive material culture that continues in the present. This programme 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.

Intensive Language (Arabic):

This Intensive Language (Arabic) two-year pathway full-time programme allows students to combine intensive Arabic language with several disciplines, including MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies, making these programmes unique in Europe. The two-year language pathway is directed at students who want to engage with the Arab Middle East in a professional as well as academic way, as the intensive pathways will enable them to develop a serious competency in Arabic, and achieve an advanced professional level depending on their starting knowledge of the language.

Access to the Intensive Arabic language pathway is currently available for students with beginner, intermediate or advanced levels of proficiency. Students’ proficiency levels will be assessed through a placement test during registration week (specific dates will be provided to the applicants).

Employment

Graduates of the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics leave SOAS not only with linguistic and cultural expertise, but also with skills in written and oral communication, analysis and problem solving.

Modules

This is an intermediate language acquisition module that complements Arabic 3 A/B, and/or Arabic 4A/B, by familiarizing students with genres and styles of Arabic writing through the reading and study of authentic 7th-13th classical literary texts. These materials reflect the rise and development of classical Arabic-Islamic culture and thought and include excerpts from a range of key disciplines and traditions of learning. This is Beginner level module.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

11,980

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)

23,400

Entry requirements

We will consider all applications with 2:2 (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application such as supporting statement. References are optional, but can help build a stronger application if you fall below the 2:2 requirement or have non-traditional qualifications.

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