The bachelor's degree in History and Culture of the Middle East provides a comprehensive overview of the history and cultures of the Islamic Middle East from the early days to the present. By participating in various individual disciplines - Islamic Studies, Arabic Studies, Semitic Studies, Iranian Studies and Turkic Studies - students gain knowledge of the relationships, entanglements and mutual influence of societies in the Middle East in the areas of culture, politics, law, religion and the history of ideas. In addition, the course offers an insight into the complexity of these societies, taking into account religious and ethnic minorities as well as gender issues. In the language modules, students acquire the ability to use original language sources in an oriental language in accordance with the focus area. Furthermore, the course serves to practice scientific working methods including the critical analysis of scientific research results. A specialization takes place in the focus area.

The Islamic Studies explores Islamic societies past and present, but also deals with a Muslim living in non-Muslim majority societies including Europe. It is about the question of how Islamic teachings and practices shape the culture, politics and law of Islamic societies and Muslim communities in non-Islamic contexts. The focus is on normative sources and traditions, social, religious-legal and cultural structures and developments up to the 18th century as well as social, political and cultural transformations since the 19th century. The relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims and the relationship between the Middle East and Europe also play an important role.

The Institute for Islamic Studies at Freie Universität Berlin works primarily with cultural, historical and social science methods. Research and teaching at the Institute for Islamic Studies are not denomination-oriented.

While the focus on Islamic studies within the BA course concentrates on the Arab Middle East, the Institute for Islamic Studies has two further focuses of research and teaching - Islam in Europe and Muslim cultures and societies in South Asia - which are primarily within the scope of the MA -Studies can be studied.

Program Structure

The mono bachelor's degree in History and Culture of the Middle East with a focus on Islamic Studies is divided into a basic, advanced and advanced phase. In addition to intensive training in Arabic, the students deal with the subjects of 'History and Society', 'Literature and Sources', 'History of Ideas' and 'Politics and Law'.

Modules in the related areas expand the specialist spectrum. In addition to the modules of the core subject, the modules of the related areas are intended to provide the students with an expanded but self-contained qualification profile. Modules from the subjects of political science, religious studies, social and cultural anthropology, journalism and communication studies, history, Jewish studies, philosophy, business administration and economics are particularly recommended.

The general vocational preparation study area (ABV) includes an internship and the following areas of competence: foreign languages, information and media competence, gender & diversity competence, organizational and management competence, personal and socio-communicative competence and subject-related additional qualifications in which additional practical professional knowledge and skills are imparted will. The objectives, content and structure of the general vocational preparation study area are regulated in separate ABV study and examination regulations.

At the end of the course, the exemplary deepening and differentiation of a selected field of study takes place through the independent scientific development of a self-selected problem within the framework of the bachelor thesis.

History and culture of the Middle East: Islamic Studies, mono Bachelor

Basic phase

module History and Society I
module History and Society II
module Arabic I
module Arabic II

Build-up phase

module Literature and sources I
module Literature and sources II
module Arabic III

Consolidation phase

module History of ideas
module Politics and law
module Arabic IV

Additional entry requirements
English (level B1 GER)

Career Prospects

Our Bachelor graduates qualify for a further course (Master, PhD) and / or for activities in different professional fields, especially in institutions and organizations that deal with Islam and relevant regions such as the Middle East, South Asia and Europe, e.g. in Media sector, in cultural institutions at home and abroad, international organizations, the diplomatic

Service, library and publishing, adult and further education, tourism, business and, last but not least, at universities and non-university research institutions.

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