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SOAS publishes six prizewinning essays from undergraduate Arabic students

27 February 2017
Erik Kvindesland, joint first prize winner, at his Graduation at An Najah National University, Nablus
Erik Kvindesland, joint first prize winner, at his Graduation at An Najah National University, Nablus, Occupied West Bank

For the second year running, six BA Arabic students from SOAS University of London have had their prizewinning independent study projects published by the Department of the Near and Middle East in recognition of their achievements.

During their year abroad in the Middle East, undergraduate students studying BA Arabic write an impressive 3500 word piece in Arabic. The essays illustrate what SOAS students can achieve after three years of Arabic instruction and acknowledges their hard work and effort. From the academic year 2015-16, six out of a total of 36 essays were selected for publication.

Miriam Hicklin, joint first prize winner, on her year abroad in Fes
Miriam Hicklin, joint first prize winner, on her year abroad in Fes. Morocco

Stefan Sperl, Head of the Near and Middle East Department said: ‘It gives me great pleasure that for the second year running we are herewith publishing the best work of our Arabic year abroad students on the SOAS website. Each essay is the fruit of an enriching and genuine engagement with the language, culture, history and society of the location where it was composed. The quality of the work and the range of topics chosen show how valuable the year abroad is as part of the student experience.’

To iron out minor errors in the texts, the prize-winning students were paired with SOAS PhD students who are native speakers of Arabic and helped them go through the essays in preparation for publication.

The joint first prize winners were Miriam Hicklin and Eirik Kvindesland. View the full list of winners and the full text of the prizewinning essays in Arabic, and their English abstracts.

Further information on studying Arabic at SOAS.

View last year's winners.

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