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BA Middle Eastern Studies/ BA Middle Eastern Studies (international)

The two BA degree courses, BA Middle Eastern Studies and BA Middle Eastern Studies (international) have been offered by the Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS) since Winter 2017. The courses offered focus on CNMS-based Arabic Studies, Islamic Studies, Iranian Studies, Politics, Economics, Semitic Studies, and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, offering you a diverse range of courses within a broad interdisciplinary network.

Thanks to this, the degree course is interdisciplinary with an individual focus. The range of courses on offer within a BA in Islamic Studies is widely varied:

  • In Marburg, this subject is treated as a historical-philological, religious, cultural, and social science discipline focusing on the region of the Near and Middle East.
  • Islamic Studies at Marburg provides you with a solid knowledge of the culture and history of Islamic societies, Islamic normative sources and their interpretations (the Quran and Hadith, Islamic law), as well as the diverse manifestations and interpretative patterns of Islam throughout Muslim societies.
  • In doing so, the course focuses on contemporary Islamic popular culture and movements as well as the different expressions of Islam in Europe.
  • You will obtain advanced second language skills in Arabic, Persian or Turkish as important source languages of Islam. You can also take additional classes in these languages to develop your skills and help you access original sources.

Turkish language teaching is offered by the Department of Islamic Studies and is organized by our language professor. Since Winter 2017, you are also able to select Turkish as the main language of a BA in Middle Eastern Studies, in addition to Arabic and Persian.

The Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies maintains strong ties with universities and institutions in the Near and Middle East (Egypt, Iran, Morocco, Tunisia, and Turkey). You can obtain information about semesters abroad, language courses and internships in the Near and Middle East from the study counseling service and from the staff of the Department of Islamic Studies.

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