SOAS University of London

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

'Research in Arabic-based Area Studies', HEFCE-funded training course

Research in Arabic-based Area Studies Poster
Various speakers

Date: 6 July 2015Time: 9:15 AM

Finishes: 6 July 2015Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: L67

Type of Event: Training

Training Course Rationale

The course is designed for MA areas studies and intensive Arabic language students as well as first year PhD students intending to conduct research in the Arabic language. The disciplined covered are language study, state-of-the-art library resources, history, art and architecture, Islamic studies, and politics.
The aim of the course is to explore the different theoretical and practical issues related to using the Arabic language for research in different disciplines relevant to area studies. The programme includes discussions of different methodologies and approaches to the disciplines and of new tools that facilitate the research and study of Arabic sources. The training course will offer students and young researchers a platform to open an interdisciplinary dialogue based on the knowledge and study of the Arabic language.


9:45-10:00WelcomeProfessor Wen-chin Ouyang, Convenor of the HEFCE training day
10:00-11:00Language Issues in ResearchAhmed Alkhashem (SOAS, University of London)
11.00-12:00Navigating Library CollectionsCeleste Gianni (SOAS, University of London)
13:00-14:00Digital Resources and Archive in Historical ResearchDr Konrad Hirschler (SOAS, University of London)
14.00-15.00Working with Space in the Study of Islamic ArchitectureDr Simon O’Meara (SOAS, University of London)
15:00-15:30Coffee and Tea 
15:30-16:30Studying Islam TodayProfessor Robert Gleave (University of Exeter)
16:30-17:30Keynote AddressProfessor Salwa Ismail (SOAS, University of London)


This course is open to a maximum of 30 participants.

Early registration is strongly recommended.

Event registration


We are pleased to be able to offer up to £250 to participants to cover travel and accommodation expenses. Original receipts must be submitted together with an expense form in order for the grant to be allocated.

Coffee breaks, lunch and closing reception will be provided during the day of the course.

Training Course Organisers & Contact details

Celeste Gianni
Co-ordinator of the HEFCE training day programme
Ph.D. candidate – Near and Middle East Dept.

Prof. Wen-Chin Ouyang
Convenor of the HEFCE training day programme
Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature

Lucy Driver
Project Co-ordinator and Administrative Officer
SOAS China Institute