SOAS University of London

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

BA Islamic Studies

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2018 Entry requirements

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Overview

Programme Code: T601 BA/IS

Start of programme: No longer running

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This programme has been withdrawn and will not be offered from the academic year 2016-17.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

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 120 credits 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 module must be passed before progression to the following year.
Compulsory Module: this means this module must be completed before progression to the following year.

Year 1
Core Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Introduction to the Study of the Qur'an 155901343 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Compulsory Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
The Muslim World: Unity in Diversity 155901258 30 Full Year
Compulsory Language Module

Students choose 30 credits of an Arabic language module at a suitable level. Qur'anic Arabic is recommended. See the language options list below.

Open Option

Choose modules to the value of 30 credits from the lists below or an open option.

Year 2
Core Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Biography and Traditions of the Prophet Muhammad 155901337 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Compulsory Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Introduction to Sufism 155901375 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Optional Module

Choose modules to the value of 30 credits from the lists below.

Open Option

Choose modules to the value of 30 credits from the lists below or an open option.

Year 3
Compulsory Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Islamic Intellectual Tradition 155901338 30 Full Year
Independent Study Project in Islamic Studies 155901339 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Optional Module

Choose modules to the value of 30 credits from the lists below.

Open Option

Choose modules to the value of 30 credits from the lists below or an open option.

Language Options
Near and Middle East
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Qur'anic Arabic 155901400 30 Full Year
Arabic 100 155901202 30 Full Year
Arabic 200 155901203 30 Full Year
Arabic 300 155901204 30 Full Year
Elementary Written Persian 155901053 30 Full Year
Elementary Written Turkish 155901051 30 Full Year
Persian for Readers of Arabic Script 155905002 30 Full Year
South Asia

30 credits of language in Urdu, Bengali or Tamil at a suitable level. A suitable module on Indian or Pakistan culture is also an option.

Africa

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

South East Asia

30 credits of Indonesian language at a suitable level or one of the modules 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.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Jawi and the Manuscript Tradition 155901312 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
China and Inner Asia

Chinese language module to the value of 30 credits taken at a suitable level.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Before selecting a module, 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
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Introduction to the Study of Religions 158000096 30 Full Year
Islam: Foundations 158000189 15 Term 1
Developments in Muslim Religious Thought 158000188 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Shi'a Islam: Religious Authority and Community Identity 158000147 30 Full Year
Messianic Movements in Muslim History 158000149 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Islam in Britain 158000169 30 Full Year
Islamic Reform Movements in Modern Africa 158000190 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Art
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Art and Material Culture of the Islamic World: 7th to 14th Centuries 154900138 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Music
History
Module Code Credits Term Availability
H130 Introduction to the History of the Near and Middle East 154800230 30 Full Year
H241 The Middle East in the Period of the Crusades, 1050-1291 154800254 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
H253 Islam in Southeast Asia, 1760s-1960s 154800212 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Faculty of Law and Social Sciences

Before selecting a module, student's must first check that the module 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).

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Government and politics of the Middle East 153400060 30 Full Year
Government and politics of South Asia 153400020 30 Full Year
Southeast Asian government and politics 153400022 30 Full Year

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

Year abroad

Contact Hours

All full-time undergraduate programmes consist of 120 credits per year, taught in modules of 30 credits (taught over 20 weeks) or 15 credits (taught over 10 weeks). The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.

As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study (see Approaches to teaching and learning at SOAS). It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others.

In the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, undergraduate modules take various forms. Modules may be taught through 1 or 2 hours of lectures a week, and some may have an additional 1-2 hours of weekly seminars. Languages classes may be 4-5 hours per week in the first and second year, typically less at higher levels.

More information is on the page for each module.

Fees and funding

Employment

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

I attended as many SOAS events as possible because it is the best way to meet non-study abroad students and interact with the community

Ranya Saadawi, Columbia University

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How to apply

Please note that this degree programme is no longer accepting new applicants, the information is still available for current students who have previously enrolled on it.

You might be interested in our BA Arabic and Islamic Studies degree programme instead.

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