Welcome to the Department of Politics of Near and Middle East!
The Department of Politics of the Near and Middle East at the Center of Near and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS) of the Philipps-University of Marburg holds one of the few professorships in Germany that explicitly works on the region with a political scientific approach.
Before the founding of the CNMS in December of 2007, the creation of a professorship for the field of Politics of the Near and Middle East was perceived as an elementary step towards securing the anticipated linking of speech and culture competencies with skills from the Social Sciences and Economics. In the summer semester of 2009 Rachid Ouaissa took on the professorship for Politics of the Near and Middle East.
The Department of Politics of the Near and Middle East has set a common goal for its academic curriculum and research alike to put political scientific analysis into a regional context. The concept of combining interdisciplinary approaches and methods, the analysis of transnational factors, integration of language skills, as well as the involvement of researchers and professors from the region supports the Department's ambition to ensure the quality and integrity of research and teaching. This approach is not just the leitmotif of the Department, but it is also predetermined in the internal structure of the CNMS. Out of a total of seven intergrated Departments with a regional focus at the Center, the Department of Politics of the Near and Middle East is the only Department linked with the Institute for Political Science and is therefore affiliated with Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy (FB03). Within the internal structure of the CNMS, the Department of Politics of the Near and Middle East collaborates with other Departments in the Center. Among the cooperation entertained within the Philipps-University the partnership with the Center of Conflict Studies is of high significance. The latest project highlighting the necessity of interdisciplinary orientation is expressed by the government backed research network “Reconfigurations: History, Memory and Transformation Processes in the Middle East and North Africa”. This is an internal project at the Philipps-University of Marburg which was developed by the Department of Politics of the Near and Middle East and engages researchers from six of the university's departments to examine the modern history and the presence of the region.
Research and teachings at the Department are mainly targeted at topics such as Islamic movements and oppositional actors, the relation between state and society, the EU's Mediterranean policy, the foreign policy of Arabic states, and problems emerging from energy policy issues. The interrelation of political, social, and economic structures of the Near and Middle East with developments of the global World system is strongly emphasized.
The curriculum of the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Politics ensures the coverage and integration of elements from the disciplines of Political Science, Culture Sciences, and Philology. The training and appliance of a regional language (Arabic, Persian, or Turkish) throughout the course of studies is regarded as a fundamental prerequisite and is hence mandatory. We are thereby delighted that the specialization in Near and Middle Eastern Politics within the B.A. degree program, Oriental Science, is experiencing an increased interest among the student body in recent years. With the commencement of the winter semester of 2011/2012 the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Politics added the Master's program Politics and Economics of the Near and Middle East, which is exclusively offered in this unique combination in Germany by the Department. Further information on this Master's program can be found under the link “studies”. We look forward to greeting you soon at the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Politics.