SOAS University of London

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

BA Islamic Studies

duration:
Not Running 2016/17

Fees 2016/17

UK/EU fees:
£9,000
Overseas fees:
£16,250


The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Undergraduate Tuition Fees page

2017 Entry requirements

  • Interview Policy: Candidates with "non-standard" qualifications may be invited for interview
A Levels:
AAB - ABB
A Level language preferred
IB:
35 (6/6/5)

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BTEC: DDM

Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction

Scottish Highers: AAABB

Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB

Irish LC: 340 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above

Advanced Placement: 4 4 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0

Euro Bacc: 80%

French Bacc: 14/20

German Abitur: 2.0

Italy DES: 80/100

Austria Mat: 2.0

Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects

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Overview

Programme Code: T601 BA/IS

Start of programme: Not Running 2016/17

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

This programme has been withdrawn and will not be offered from the academic year 2016-17.

The BA in Islamic Studies provides students with knowledge and understanding of the core textual tradition of Islam, and through this engages with religious, philosophical and wider intellectual discourses of Islam.  Texts will be studied in English translation, but students also receive some grounding in Arabic or another language widely used in Islamic societies.  Special modules in Qur'an Arabic, ranging from elementary to advanced levels, are also available.  Through optional modules, students will be able to access SOAS's unrivalled scholarship and teaching concerned with Islamic art, music, culture, history and politics.

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Learn a language as part of this programme

Degree programmes at SOAS - including this one - can include language courses in more than forty African and Asian languages. It is SOAS students’ command of an African or Asian language which sets SOAS apart from other universities.

Students take four module units per year, consisting of thematic and language modules, as well as optional modules which allow students to develop specific interests.  In addition to a language module in Arabic in Year 1 (Elementary Qur'anic Arabic is recommended), students can choose language modules from a wide range of languages relevant to the study of Islam including Indonesian, Urdu, Bengali, Somali, Swahili and Hausa.

Core Module: this means this unit must be passed before progression to the following year.
Compulsory Module: this means this unit must be completed before progression to the following year.

Year 1
Core Module
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Introduction to the Study of the Qur'an 155901343 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Compulsory Module
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
The Muslim World: Unity in Diversity 155901258 1 Unit Full Year
Compulsory Language Module

Students choose an Arabic language unit at a suitable level. Qur'anic Arabic is recommended. See the language options list below.

Open Option

Choose a module from the list below or an open option.

Year 2
Core Module
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Biography and Traditions of the Prophet Muhammad 155901337 1 Unit Full Year
Compulsory Module
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Introduction to Sufism 155901375 1 Unit Full Year
Optional Module

Choose a module from the list below.

Open Option

Choose a module from the list below or an open option.

Year 3
Compulsory Modules
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Islamic Intellectual Tradition 155901338 1 Unit Full Year
Independent Study Project in Islamic Studies 155901339 1 Unit Full Year
Optional Module

Choose a module from the list below.

Open Option

Choose a module from the list below or an open option.

Language Options
Near and Middle East
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Qur'anic Arabic 155901400 1 Unit Full Year
Arabic 100 155901202 1 Unit Full Year
Arabic 200 155901203 1 Unit Full Year
Arabic 300 155901204 1 Unit Full Year
Elementary Written Persian 155901053 1 Unit Full Year
Elementary Written Turkish 155901051 1 Unit Full Year
Persian for Readers of Arabic Script 155905002 1 Unit Full Year
South Asia

A language unit in Urdu, Bengali or Tamil at a suitable level. A suitable course on Indian or Pakistan culture is also an option.

Africa

A language unit in Hausa, Somali, Swahili or Yoruba at a suitable level.

South East Asia

An Indonesian language unit at a suitable level or one of the courses from the following list. Note: There are prerequisites for Traditional Malay Literature: Adventure Romances in Text and Film AND Traditional Malay Literature: History, Politics And Religion In Texts And Film.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Jawi and the Manuscript Tradition 155901312 0.5 Unit Term 2
China and Inner Asia

A Chinese language unit taken at a suitable level.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Before selecting a module course, student's must first check that the module is at the correct level. They must also ensure that they meet any pre-requisites.

Study of Religions
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Introduction to the Study of Religions 158000096 1 Unit Full Year
Islam: Foundations 158000189 0.5 Unit Term 1
Developments in Muslim Religious Thought 158000188 0.5 Unit Term 1
Shi'a Islam: Religious Authority and Community Identity 158000147 1 Unit Full Year
Messianic Movements in Muslim History 158000149 0.5 Unit Term 1
Islam in Britain 158000169 1 Unit Full Year
Islamic Reform Movements in Modern Africa 158000190 0.5 Unit Term 1
Art
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Art and Material Culture of the Islamic World: 7th to 14th Centuries 154900138 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Music
History
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
H130 Introduction to the History of the Near and Middle East 154800230 1 Unit Full Year
H241 The Middle East in the Period of the Crusades, 1050-1291 154800254 1 Unit Full Year
H253 Islam in Southeast Asia, 1760s-1960s 154800212 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Faculty of Law and Social Sciences

Before selecting a course, student's must first check that the course is at the correct level.

Politics

Students wishing to take Politics options have to take 153400001: Introduction to Political Study as an open option before taking any Politics options (it is a prerequisite for all Politics options).

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Government and politics of the Middle East 153400060 1 Unit Full Year
Government and politics of South Asia 153400020 1 Unit Full Year
Southeast Asian government and politics 153400022 1 Unit Full Year

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As a student specialising in Islamic Studies, you will gain competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a combination of the study of language, literature and culture (which can include literature, film, music, art and religion) of various parts of the Middle East.

Graduates leave SOAS not only with linguistic and cultural expertise, but also with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers in both business and the public sector. These include written and oral communication skills, attention to detail, analytical and problem-solving skills, and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources.

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

Before I came to SOAS, I knew that my grade would depend on either one or two large assignments and I was apprehensive about that—almost scared, however I am glad as I got to learn a lot about myself as a student. I became more independent academically and got to see what I can really accomplished without teachers “coddling” me along the way. Extremely refreshing!

Tamara Bah, American University, Washington

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