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Islamic Studies (MA)

The master's programme in Islamic Studies at Leiden University provides you with an introduction to the theoretical and methodological approaches taken to the study of historical and current forms of Islam.

Please note: From September 2019 you no longer need to select a specialisation, but you apply directly to the MA Middle Eastern Studies.

Focus on Islam in society

You will study the rich context of Islamic law and the anthropology of the Muslim world from the perspective of the social sciences and philology. Designed to meet the growing demand for internationally-oriented expertise on Islam and the methodology of Islamic Studies, the Islamic Studies master’s programme focuses on developing your understanding of ‘Islam and Society’, with special emphasis on the comparative study of Muslim society.

Choose your field of interest

During the programme you will acquire the skills and insights to conduct independent research in your chosen field. Much research on Islamic Studies is based on written sources and archive material from Islamic cultures and societies. This programme focuses on these sources, teaching you how to establish their value and importance in a specific context, or as the basis for a hypothesis. Social and historical approaches to the field are also given ample attention.

Please note: If you are interested in the study of Islam in a European context from a religious studies perspective we advise you to apply for the MA in Religious Studies and Theology.

It is also possible to focus on Islamic Studies within the two-year research master’s programme in Middle Eastern Studies.

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