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Modern Middle East Studies (MA)

The master's programme in Modern Middle East Studies at Leiden University offers a multidisciplinary approach to the study of the Middle East and North African regions.

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

A broad geographical range

This programme focuses on modern Middle Eastern times, from the rich cultures, literature and religions of this strategically important region, to major events, issues and developments. The Modern Middle Eastern Studies programme focuses on the nineteenth century to the present and stands out for its multidisciplinary approach and its broad geographical range: from Arab, Iranian and Turkish societies to Islam in the west, southeast Asia and Africa.

Key themes

The Modern Middle East Studies programme’s key issues and themes include the impact of the Islamic Revolution (1979) in Iran and its links to the past; the call for democratic reform in the Arab Spring and its resonance in the Muslim world; the role of oil in local and world politics; and the Islamist movement in Turkey and its repercussions.

Learn from leading researchers

Taught by Leiden's internationally acclaimed Faculty of Humanities, the programme covers the latest theoretical debates, such as colonialism, Orientalism and Occidentalism. You can also choose to study specialised interdisciplinary courses on the interaction between literature and politics and the Middle East’s relationship with Europe.

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

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