This Masters programme is designed for graduates with no prior knowledge of Islam as well as those who would like to develop their understanding of this major world faith.Our programme will enable you to acquire a profound comprehension of Islam both as a religious, intellectual and cultural tradition, and as a powerful political ideology.
You will study materials which delineate the core values and doctrines of Islam, and those which elaborate on the diversity of practice and manifold traditions of the Islamic faith. Your ability to analyse materials, contexts and issues - and to engage in informed academic discussion on your conclusions - will be strengthened through the study of methodologies and research tools used today in Islamic Studies by historians, social scientists and cultural anthropologists.
This combination of approaches to the study of Islam will enable you to acquire the analytical tools needed for independent study and interpretation of both medieval and contemporary aspects of Islam, not only within the context of the Middle East, but throughout the world.
Research in the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS) is divided into disciplinary research clusters.
The Islamic Studies cluster(http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/iais/research/clusters/islamicstudies/
) includes postgraduate students and staff brought together by a common fascination with the theological, ethical and legal traditions of Islam. They gather under the auspices of the Centre for the Study of Islam(http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/iais/research/centres/csi/
), which holds regular study groups, seminars and conferences. The principal project linked to this research group is Islamic Reformulations: Belief, Governance, Violence, funded by the ESRC under the RCUK Global Uncertainties Programme. The project examines the current state and future trajectories of Muslim thought.
Our research newsletter will also give you a flavour of our research (http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/iais/research/researchnewsletter/
The programme comprises 180 credits in total, and includes 60 credits of generic research training, 60 credits of subject specific material (including languages), and a 60 credit dissertation.
Some examples of the compulsory modules are as follows; Research Methods Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies; Philosophy of the Social Sciences; Qualitative Methods in Social Research; Applied Quantitative Data Analysis and State and Society in the Middle East;
Some examples of optional modules are as follows; International Relations of the Middle East; The Middle East Since 1945; The Middle East Since 1945 ; Gender and Identity in the Middle East: Part I Constructing Selves in Social and Political Contexts; Arabic for Beginners and Elementary Persian
The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand, please see the website for a current list of modules available. http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/arabislamic/mideastmres/#Programme-structure