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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

 

 

The taught MPhil in Muslim-Jewish Relations gives you the opportunity to explore the diverse and fascinating history of the relationship between the Arab and Jewish worlds. 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 Muslim and Jewish relations, past and present
  • 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.

This degree is delivered in close collaboration with the Woolf Institute

Director of Research, Woolf Institute

Research interests:

 Judaeo-Arabic, historical linguistics of Arabic and Yiddish, sociolinguistics, scribal practise, and Jewish-Muslim relations in Egypt and Muslim Spain as reflected in the Genizah sources.  


Faculty members with research interests in Muslim-Jewish relations

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

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

Regius Professor of Hebrew

Professor Khan is happy to supervise projects relating to any area of his research.

Research interests: Semitic philological and linguistic studies, particularly of Biblical Hebrew, Aramaic and Arabic. Also endangered dialects of Neo-Aramaic and the history of Judaeo-Arabic, including modern spoken varieties.

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: 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

University Lecturer in Hebrew & Aramaic

Dr Rand is happy to supervise graduate students in areas relating to his research.

Research interests: Jewish liturgical poetry (piyyut) in Hebrew and Aramaic from Byzantine period Palestine; Hebrew codicology