SOAS University of London

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

Arabic Year Abroad ISP 2018-19

Written by SOAS Students During the Year Abroad 2018-19.

Writing a 3500-word essay in Arabic after three years of instruction is a challenging task. It is all the more impressive to see how well many students manage, and how stimulating their choice of topic can be.  To illustrate this and to acknowledge the work done by the students, the Near and Middle East Section has decided to publish the best essays of the year on the SOAS website.

The students’ names, their year abroad destinations and their essay titles are listed below.  The opinions expressed are those of the students themselves and do not necessarily reflect those of SOAS or the Year Abroad institutions where the essays were written.


Year Abroad Destination

Essay Title

Umme Aarifah Khoodoruth (joint first prize)


English: "Analysis of Imru al-Qays' poem in the Jahiliyah: Rhetoric and symbolism"

Arabic: تحليل معلقة امرؤ القيس في العصر الجاهلي

Ed Shawe-Taylor (joint first prize)


English: "The Threads of Islam: The textile industry in the golden age of Islam and its influence in Europe until today"

Arabic: خيوط الإسلام

Addendum / التذييل

Miriam Addada


English: "Al-Andalus and contemporary Arab imagination in Radwa Ashur's 'The Granada Trilogy'"

Arabic: الأندلس والخيال العربي المعاصر

Sabrina Schwarz


English: "Saddam Hussein and the rule of Iraq (1979-2003)"

Arabic: العراق في ظل حكم صدام حسين

Kieran Seager


English: "The Copts of Egypt during the rule of Nasser and Sadat"

Arabic: الأقباط في مصر خلال عهديّ ناصر والسادات

Aisha Stockton


English: "The Spirit of Islam in the Islamic Garden"

Arabic: دخول روح الإسلام الى الحديقة الاسلامية


Past prize-winning Arabic ISPs