SOAS University of London

Department of Religions & Philosophies, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

MA Islamic Intellectual History (2019 entry)

previously MA Islamic Societies and Cultures

Select year of entry: 2019 2018

duration:
One calendar year (full-time), or two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

Fees 2019/20

UK/EU fees:
£9,685
Overseas fees:
£19,930

Fees for 2019/20 entrants. This is a Band 1 fee. 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 Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

Entry requirements

  • Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)
  • Subjects Preferred: Applicants are not required to have previous academic experience of this subject, although a strong interest in Islamic societies and cultures is of course expected.

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Overview

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

The MA Islamic Intellectual History is a programme on historical Islamic studies, offering in-depth study of the intellectual, religious and cultural history of the Islamic world, past and present, and of wider socio-political contexts.

It has broad thematic coverage, including philosophy, theology, political thought, law, historiography and palaeography, as well as a regional coverage that includes the Middle East, South Asia and Central Asia.

This programme suits students from different academic backgrounds and prospective personal objectives, from those interested in broadening their knowledge of Islam and the Muslim world and developing intellectual and transferable skills, to those planning to pursue further research in the field.

Language

Students need not know a language other than English to apply for this programme. However, they will have the opportunity to take modules involving the study of primary texts in Arabic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish or Syriac should they have the required language proficiency. The programme may also be taken in combination with the Intensive Language pathway.

Studying at SOAS

We offer access to unparalleled scholarly and cultural resources and activities relevant to the study of Islam and the Islamic world, both at the School and elsewhere in London. The SOAS Library and British Library have some of the best specialist collections in the world. Activities include conferences, lectures and seminars, exhibitions and reading groups. The annual international conferences of the British Association for Islamic Studies and the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies, which showcase current research, often take place in, or within easy reach of, London and offer postgraduate students excellent opportunities to connect with the wider field.

Convenors

Structure

Students  must complete 180 credits as follows:

  • The core module and the dissertation must be completed
  • The remaining 105 credits should be taken from List A, B or C
  • The dissertation must be written on a topic related to either core module or a module from List A
  • A minimum of 45 credits must be taken from List A
  • A maximum of 30 credits may be taken from List C or from the Postgraduate Open Options List.

Dissertation
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in Islamic Societies and Cultures 15PNMC995 60 Full Year
Core module

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Approaches in Islamic Intellectual History 15PSRH058 - HRP 15PSRH058 15
List of modules (subject to availability)
List A
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Modern Trends in Islam 15PNMC228 30 Full Year
The Islamic Manuscript Tradition 15PSRH059 15PSRH059 15
Islamic Law (MA/LLM) 15PLAC121 30 Full Year
Islam in South Asia 15PHIH044 15 Term 1
Iran and the Persianiate world, 1400 to 1800 15PHIH042 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Iran and the Persianiate world, 1800 to 1979 15PHIH043 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
The End of Empire in the Middle East and the Balkans II 15PHIH049 15 Term 2
The Early Development of Islam: Emerging Identities and Contending View 15PHIH039 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
The Origin of Islam: Sources and Perspectives 15PHIH045 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Medieval Arabic Thought 15PNMC388 30 Full Year
List B
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Art and Architecture of the Fatimids 15PARH035 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Islam and the West: Artistic and Cultural Contacts 15PARH034 15 Term 2
Christians and Muslims in Syriac Texts 15PSRC175 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Islamic Legal Texts in Arabic 15PNMC037 30 Full Year
Modernity and the Transformation of the Middle East I 15PHIH031 15 Term 1
Modernity and the Transformation of the Middle East II 15PHIH032 15 Term 2
Zoroastrianism: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives 15PSRC052 30 Full Year
Muslim Britain: Perspectives and Realities 15PSRC158 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Reading Classical Arabic Historians: Themes and Trends in Islamic Historiography 15PNMC378 30 Full Year
Islam and politics 15PPOH006 15 Term 2
List C: Languages

Maximum from this list - 30 credits.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Persian for Readers of Arabic Script (PG) 15PNMC422 30 Full Year
Introduction to Standard Modern Arabic A (PG) 15PNMH012 15 Term 1
Introduction to Standard Modern Arabic B (PG) 15PNMH013 15 Term 2
Arabic 2 (PG) 15PNMC382 30 Full Year
Advanced Standard Modern Arabic 15PNMC402 30 Full Year
Arabic 4 (PG) 15PNMC391 30 Full Year
Swahili 1 A (PG) 15PAFH029 15 Term 1
Swahili 1 B (PG) 15PAFH030 15 Term 2
Intermediate Swahili 2A (PG) 15PAFC141 30 Full Year
Swahili 3 (PG) 15PAFC142 30 Full Year
Urdu Language 1 A (PG) 15PSAH026 15 Term 1
Urdu Language 1 B (PG) 15PSAH027 15 Term 2
Urdu Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC301 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 1 A (PG) 15PSEH018 15 Term 1
Indonesian Language 1 B (PG) 15PSEH019 15 Term 2
Indonesian Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC033 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 3 (PG) 15PSEC034 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Indonesian Language 4 (PG) 15PSEC035 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Introduction to Standard Modern Arabic A (PG) 15PNMH012 15 Term 1
Introduction to Standard Modern Arabic B (PG) 15PNMH013 15 Term 2
Intermediate Standard Modern Arabic 15PNMC407 30 Full Year
Elementary Written Persian A (PG) 15PNMH016 15 Term 1
Elementary Written Persian B (PG) 15PNMH017 15 Term 2
Intermediate Persian Language (PG) 15PNMC033 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Persian Language 3 (PG) 15PNMC408 30 Full Year
Classical Persian Poetry: Texts and Traditions (PG) 15PNMC401 30 Full Year
Elementary Persian Texts (PG) 15PNMC384 30 Full Year
Pahlavi Language 15PSRC034 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Elementary Written Turkish A (PG) 15PNMH014 15 Term 1
Elementary Written Turkish B (PG) 15PNMH015 15 Term 2
Intermediate Modern Turkish Language (PG) 15PNMC383 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Advanced Turkish Language (PG) 15PNMC427 30 Full Year
Ottoman Turkish Language (PG) 15PNMC397 30 Full Year
Classical Ottoman Literature (Masters) 15PNMC385 30 Full Year
Avestan I 15PSRC033 30 Full Year

 

This is the structure for applicants for the year shown above

If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page, on Moodle or through your Department.

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Knowledge
  • How to assess data and evidence critically from manuscripts and digital sources, solve problems of conflicting sources and conflicting interpretations, locate materials, use research-sources (particularly research-library catalogues) and other relevant traditional sources.
  • Subject-specific skills are an amalgam of the skills described for each of the three options chosen by candidates from the cross-department/faculty choices available in the relevant course-descriptors.
Intellectual (thinking) skills
  • Students will learn to become precise and cautious in their assessment of evidence and should also come to understand through practice what documents can and cannot tell us.
  • Students will learn to question interpretations, however authoritative, and reassess evidence for themselves.
    Communicate effectively in writing.
Subject-based practical skills
  • Language-students will learn the chosen language at the appropriate level.
    Present seminar-papers.
  • Listen and discuss ideas introduced during seminars
  • Practise research-techniques in a variety of specialised research-libraries and institutes.
Transferrable skills
  • Writing good essays and dissertations.
  • Structure and communicate ideas effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Study a variety of written and digital materials in libraries and research-institutes of a kind they will not have used as undergraduates.
  • Present (non-assessed) material orally.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

This is a Band 1 tuition fee.

Fees for 2019/20 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years Part-time 4 Years
Intensive Language only
UK/EU
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Overseas
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UK/EU
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Overseas
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UK/EU
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Overseas
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£9,685 £19,930 £4,843 £9,965 £3,228 £6,643 £4,843 £9,965
Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2019-02-07 16:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2019-01-31 16:00

H.E. Dr Issa Ghanim Jassim Al-Kawari Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2019-02-20 16:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2019-02-20 16:00

Postgraduate SOAS Global Impact Award

Application Deadline: 2019-01-31 00:00

SOAS International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2019-02-28 00:00

SOAS Master's Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2019-03-14 16:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2019-06-05 16:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

Employment

Graduates from the department have entered various professions after leaving the School. Some have been able to pursue careers directly related to their study area while others have made use of the general intellectual training provided by the advanced study of cultures for involvement in analysing and solving many of the problems contemporary societies now face. Among a variety of professions, career paths may include academia, charity work, community, government, NGOs, media and publishing, UN agencies SOAS Careers Services The School has a careers service available to all SOAS students while they are at the school, free of charge. This office helps with job listings, interviews during "milk rounds", putting together CVs, and even organising postgraduate study.

A Student's Perspective

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