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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

 

 

The taught MPhil in Classical Islamic History and Culture gives you the opportunity to delve into specific topics relating to the history and culture of the pre-modern Islamic world. You will apply the skills gained during your undergraduate studies and advance your research expertise, particularly though the study of primary sources. 

You will already be competent in either Arabic or Persian, usually to a level at least equivalent to two years of full time study of the language.

For specifics on how to apply, requirements, fees and finance, please see the University Graduate Admissions pages for this course

The course entails

  • a core module providing an overview of the wider field of Middle Eastern Studies and on-going training and support for your dissertation
  • two optional modules providing specialist training in specific aspects of the history or literatures of the pre-modern Islamic world
  • a 15,000-word research dissertation on a topic of your choice

Before you apply, we encourage you to contact us to discuss your research interests. Please see the list of Faculty members below. For more general queries about the degree course please contact the Graduate Administrator.

The course provides an excellent foundation for doctoral research for those interested in continuing their academic careers. Graduates have also found employment in a wide range of fields including commerce, international relations, development and charity work, media, the cultural sector and education.

Faculty Members with Research Interests in Classical Islamic History and Culture

Lecturer in Eastern Islamic Lands and the Persian-speaking world

Dr Ashraf is happy to supervise graduate students, particularly in the field of Iranian history

Research interests: The history of Iran from the early modern to the present, comparative early modern Muslim empires, travel literature, and the culture and economy of gift giving.

Professor in the History and Culture of the Maghrib

Professor Bennison is happy to supervise graduate students in work relating to the pre-modern history of the Maghrib and Islamic cultural history, including the Medieval Islamic West

Research interests: The medieval Islamic West; 18th-19th century Muslim religio-political discourse and state structures especially in the Maghrib; Islamic cultural history

Reader in Classical Arabic Studies

Dr Marsham is happy to supervise graduate students in work relating to pre-modern Islamic History.

Research interests: Islamic History; Late Antiquity; Political Culture in Early Islam; Empire and State Formation; Arabic Historiography; Comparative and Transregional History

On sabbatical: January, 2018 to August, 2018
Sir Thomas Adams's Professor of Arabic

Professor Montgomery is currently on sabbatical

Research interests: History of ideas in classical Islam; classical Arabic literature; literary translation.

Ali Reza and Mohamed Soudavar Reader in Persian Studies

Dr van Ruymbeke welcomes approaches from potential graduate students with research interests relevant to hers. She requests that prospective students email her to discuss their proposed projects before sending in their applications.

Research interests: Classical Persian Literature, Modern Persian poetry, Poetics and Rhetorics, Science and poetry, Nezami Ganjavi, Persian Animal Fables as Mirror for Princes, Kalila wa Dimna, Anvar-i Sohayli, ‘Iyar-e Danesh, Khamriyya, Eskandar, Politics and poetry, Comparative literature, Persia’ s presence in the European world, Codicology, Persian manuscripts and paintings, Botanical representations in classical Persian paintings, Iranian cinema, Rewritings