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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

 

A degree in Middle Eastern Studies offers a huge array of choices, leading to a rich and varied time at Cambridge. However, the number of options available and the flexibility with which courses can be combined, can seem bewildering.

Here is a simple of explanation the different combinations that might go to make up your degree. In all cases:

  • You will learn Arabic from scratch
  • You will learn to read and write Standard Arabic and to speak Egyptian Arabic
  • Your year abroad may give you access to a further Arabic dialect

For details about individual courses, please see the full listing or contact the Undergraduate Administrator:
Email address: ug_progadmin@ames.cam.ac.uk

Arabic and a European Language

  • You will study Arabic alongside a language offered by the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages (MML)
  • You are expected to know your MML choice to at least A level standard
  • Your Arabic courses will run alongside required courses in your European language of choice
  • You will have the choice of a variety of courses relating to Middle Eastern culture and history, as well as certain courses offered by MML
  • You will spend your year abroad in an Arabic speaking country

Arabic and Persian

  • You will study the two languages of classical Islam and gain access to two of the world's greatest literary canons
  • You will study Arabic and Persian, both from scratch
  • Your Arabic courses will run alongside required courses relating to spoken and written Persian
  • You will have the choice of a variety of courses relating to Arabic and / or Persian literature and culture, as well as broader Middle Eastern culture and history
  • These courses may be offered in the Faculty or may be borrowed from other Faculties
  • You will divide your year abroad between an Arabic speaking country and Iran

Arabic and Hebrew

  •  You will gain a comprehensive understanding of two important Middle Eastern languages, their literature and cultures, and a well rounded understanding of the Arab world and Israel
  • You will study Arabic and Hebrew, both from scratch
  • Your Arabic courses will run alonside courses relating to spoken and written modern and Biblical Hebrew
  • You will have the choice of a variety of courses relating to Arabic and / or Hebrew literature and culture, as well as broader Middle Eastern culture and history
  • These courses may be offered in the Faculty or may be borrowed from other Faculties
  • You will divide your year abroad between an Arabic speaking country and Israel

Full Arabic

  • Although we encourage students to study Arabic with another language, either offered by MML or another Middle Eastern language, it is possible to specialise in Arabic only
  • You will immerse yourself in Arabic, specialising in Arabic language and literature and the history and culture of the Middle East
  • You will have the choice of a wide variety of courses relating to Arabic literature and culture, as well as broader Middle Eastern culture and history
  • Because you will have no other language options, you will be able to pursue more courses relating to literature, culture and history
  • These courses may be offered in the Faculty or may be borrowed from other Faculties eg Archaeology, Divinity, History, Linguistics etc
  • You will spend your year abroad in an Arabic speaking country

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Lecturers

Dr Anderson teaches undergraduate courses relating to the anthropology and religion of the Middle East, with a particular focus on Islam.


Professor Bennison teaches undergraduate courses relating to the history and culture of the Middle East


Dr Harris teaches Arabic and is involved in Arabic language course design.


Professor Khan teaches a course in Comparative Semitic Linguistics to final year undergraduate students.


Dr Marsham teaches undergraduate courses relating to the history and culture of the Middle East


Professor James Montgomery
Currently on sabbatical

Professor Montgomery is currently on sabbatical


Dr Olszok teaches intermediate and advanced literary Arabic


Mrs El Keiy teaches undergraduate Arabic


Dr Miller teaches advanced literary Arabic


Dr Monier teaches undergraduate courses in the history of the modern Middle East, in particular, the Arab world


Dr Szilágyi teaches a course on the history of Islam to undergraduate students.