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PhD in Middle Eastern Studies

Our PhD is a research degree obtained solely by submission of a doctoral thesis and should not exceed 80,000 words exclusive of footnotes and bibliography but subject to an overall word limit of 100,000 words exclusive of bibliography. Since research supervision by a teaching officer in the field is an important part of postgraduate work, we encourage candidates to discuss their research interests with us before making an application.

The general subject areas in which departmental teaching officers are currently best qualified to offer doctoral supervision are:

  • Modern and Classical Persian Literature
  • Islamic Intellectual History
  • Middle Eastern Political and Cultural History
  • North African Political and Cultural History
  • Modern Politics and Culture of the Middle East

For more detailed information about our faculty, please look at our teaching staff section.

PhDs recently awarded

  • Faces in the Crowd: Urban Protest in Late Medieval Egypt and Syria.
  • Abu Hayyan al-Tawhidi and Ethical Thought in the Fourth Centrury of Islam.
  • Anglo-Moroccan Relations in the Late 18th and Early 19th Centuries, with particular reference to the Role of Gibraltar.
  • Fatimid Isma'ili Tafsir (Exegesis) of the Qu'ran.
  • Britain's Relations with the Ottoman Empire during the Embassy of Sir Nicholas O'Conor in Istanbul, 1898 - 1908.
  • Imami Sectarinnism and the Challenge of Modernisation: Renewal and Reform of Shi'i Thought in Iraq and Lebanon (1918 - 1958).
  • Al-Biruni's Treatise on the Hind: Some Preliminary Considerations.
  • The Origins and Early Development of the Islamic Postal System.
  • Abu 'Ali Bal'ami's Translation of al-Tabari's History.
  • Before Homosexuality: Pederasts, Pathics, Aesthetes, and Sodomists in Arabic-Islamic Culture, 1500-1800.
  • Non-Muslims in Medieval Iran: A Survey of their Political, Economic and Cultural Activities under the Mongol and the Safavid Synasties (1256-1722).
  • The Creation of Turkish National Identity through the Writing of History in the Republican Era: the Place of the Balkans.
  • A Study of Fifteenth Century Ottoman Historiography.