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Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

The Middle East and its neighbours

The Middle East

For students who wish to study the Middle East and its languages but are looking for a shorter programme than the four-year degrees, the department runs the three-year BA Middle Eastern Studies. This degree can also be combined with other subjects as BA Middle Eastern Studies and another subject

The NME also offers two team-taught courses that examine aspects of Middle Eastern culture from the point of view of several different periods and places, and showcase the talents and expertise of many members of staff. These are Literatures of the Near and Middle East and Introduction to Arabic culture.

The Middle East's neighbours

The NME department's main focus is on the Middle East but some staff work in other areas. The two most important areas in question are the Caucasus and Central Asia. Both lie on the geographical fringes of the Middle East and have strong historical and cultural links with neighbouring countries. Both have emerged only recently from Soviet occupation and are now experiencing highly fascinating transitional periods in their history. SOAS is unique in Britain in maintaining high-profile expertise in research and teaching the languages and cultures of these two areas.

Georgian and Abkhaz, two languages of the Caucasus, are the specialism of Professor George Hewitt, an eminent authority on Caucasian linguistics. Intensive study of Georgian can be combined with several other subjects in the joint-degree programme BA with Georgian. Both languages can also be studied as options on many other SOAS degrees.