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Padraig Belton

My training as a specialist in the Middle East and Subcontinent would be rather incomplete without these languages or a stay at SOAS!

MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies & Certificate in Arabic

I have been doing a Certificate in Arabic together with an MA in Middle Eastern Studies, which gives me an opportunity to study Arabic, Urdu and Persian, three languages I was initially exposed to as a foreign correspondent. I decided to take on these three several years into my doctorate in politics at Oxford, feeling my training as a specialist in the Middle East and Subcontinent would be rather incomplete without these languages or a stay at SOAS!

In this time I have found my lecturers all expert in their !field. Through SOAS’s doors drip a continued dribbling of speakers and conferences off the stream of those, knowledgeable in the School’s regions of specialism, who pass through London in the midst of their work. Having undergone parental bereavement in the course of my studies at SOAS, I also had occasion to find the administration supportive and flexible. One unexpected result of my time at SOAS is that a book proposal has grown from out of my class essays, thesis, and prior experience as a journalist, on the relationship between colonialism and the rise of the Arab press. 

I happily give to SOAS, my two courses and my lecturers my warmest recommendation.