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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 each case:

  • You will learn to read, write and understand  both Modern and Biblical Hebrew from scratch
  • If you are combining with another Middle Eastern language, you will also learn that language from scratch

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

Hebrew and a European Language

  • You will study Hebrew 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
  • 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 Israel

Hebrew and Arabic

  •  You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the two predominant Middle Eastern languages, their literature and cultures, and a well rounded understanding of Israel and the Arab world
  • You will study Hebrew alongside courses in Standard Arabic for reading and writing and Egyptian Arabic for speaking
  • You will have the choice of a variety of courses relating to Hebrew and / or Arabic 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 Israel and an Arabic speaking county

Hewbrew and Persian

  • You will study Hebrew and Persian, both from scratch
  • You will have the choice of a variety of courses relating to Hebrew 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 Israel and Iran

Full Hebrew

  • Although we encourage students to study Hebrew with another language, either offered by MML or another Middle Eastern language, it is possible to specialise in Hebrew only
  • You will immerse yourself in Hebrew, specialising in Hebrew language and literature and the history and culture of the Middle East
  • You will follow all the courses relating to reading, writing, speaking and understanding Modern and Biblical Hebrew
  • You will have the choice of a variety of courses relating to Hebrew 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
  • You will spend your year abroad in Israel

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Lecturers

Dr Hornkohl teaches courses in ancient and modern Hebrew literature and language, and history of the Hebrew language as well as courses relating to the history and culture of the Middle East.


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


Dr Yaron Peleg
Currently on sabbatical

Dr Peleg teaches courses relating to his research, including courses in the history of modern Hebrew literature since the late eighteenth century to the present and the formation of Zionist culture in the first half of the twentieth century and its legacy beyond that time.


Dr Rand teaches undergraduate courses in Hebrew and the history and culture of the Middle East