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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

 

 

The taught MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies gives you the opportunity to use methods from the Humanities and Social Sciences to research topics relating to the modern Middle East. 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 Arabic, Hebrew 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 modern Middle East
  • 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 development and charity work, the cultural sector and education and other fields where cultural understanding, linguistic skills and high level critical thinking, analysis and communication skills are needed.

Faculty Members with Research Interests in Modern Middle Eastern Studies

University Senior Lecturer in Middle Eastern Studies, Assistant Director, HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies

Dr Anderson lectures and supervises Masters students and is happy to supervise PhD students in any area relevant to his work on social anthropology, Islam and trade networks.

Research interests: Social anthropology, relating to Islam, and the sociality of trade. Trading networks connecting China to markets in West Asia and Arabic-speaking countries

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.

His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Sa'id Professor of Modern Arabic Studies

Professor Fahmy is happy to supervise graduate students working on modern Arab cultural, social and political history

Research interests: Egyptian legal, medical & military history; Islamic responses to 19th century medical & legal developments; the 1967 Six Day War; contemporary Arab politics

University Lecturer in Modern Arabic Literature and Culture

Dr Olszok is happy to supervise students who wish to work in fields of Arabic literature in which she has expertise.

Research interests: Modern and Contemporary Arabic Literature; Comparative Literature; Animal and Eco-critical Studies.

On sabbatical: October, 2018 to September, 2019
Kennedy Leigh Reader in Modern Hebrew Studies

Dr Peleg welcomes inquiries from potential MPhil and PhD students with research interests relevant to his interests in modern Hebrew literary history, Israeli cinema and Israeli culture more generally, primarily the creation of a native Hebrew culture in Palestine/Eretz Israel at the beginning of the twentieth century and its legacy.

Research interests: Modern Hebrew literary history; Israeli cinema and culture; the creation and legacy of a native Hebrew culture at the beginning of the 20th century

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