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The MA Religions of Asia and Africa is in the first place a rewarding cultural and human experience. It is designed both as an end qualification in itself and as a platform preparing students for more advanced graduate work.
The History of Art and Archaeology at SOAS is taught from an alternative perspective to Eurocentric art history, challenging the categories often taken for granted in the study of other cultures, and so encouraging new approaches to look at the distinctions between archaeology and art history and historical past and present.
Our degree programmes cover the histories, systems of belief and thought in Africa, Asia and the Near and Middle East. Approaching our subject from the perspective of Asia and Africa, we explore in depth the dynamic histories and religions of these regions from a non-western-centric framework.