The programme is an interdisciplinary degree designed to study Islam and Muslim societies in their cultural, social, economic, political and religious dimensions. It is intended to offer new perspectives on Muslim societies in all their complex structures and institutions. It will be the aim to see these societies as evolving entities endowed with their own internal mode of evolution and response to external challenges. Being interdisciplinary and internationally focused, the programme seeks to explore and express a variety of approaches and methodologies, encouraging thereby students to develop and articulate their own theoretical and practical skills.
The study of Muslim societies will be complemented by a thorough study of Islamic texts and the scholarly/intellectual tradition of Islam. This is a shared programme by Middle Eastern Studies (MES) and Religions & Theology (R&T).
Course content for year 1
In addition to the following four compulsory modules, the student may choose 2 additional modules.
* Introduction to Muslim Societies (R&T)
* Questions in the Study of Religion (Joint Degree Version) (R&T)
* Introduction to Islam (MES)
* The Contemporary Middle East (MES)
Course content for year 2
In addition to the following two compulsory modules, the student may choose 4 additional modules.
* Issues in Contemporary Islam (MES)
* Islam in Practice: Ethnographic Approaches to Islam (R&T)
Course content for year 3
In addition to the following, the student may choose 4 additional modules.
* Dissertation (MES and R&T)
You develop skills that are valuable for many occupations, including translation, teaching in schools and colleges, broadcasting and print journalism, publishing, banking, legal, personnel, public sector professions, Civil Service, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), and many others.