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Welcome to Near and Middle Eastern Studies


The Department of Near and Middle Eastern Studies at Trinity College Dublin is unique in Ireland in offering teaching and research in the areas of Jewish, Biblical, Near Eastern and Islamic Studies. The Ancient Near East saw the first urban settlements, the development of the alphabet and the flourishing of early civilizations. The cultures that emerged from this region include the Sumerians, Egyptians, Babylonians, Assyrians and Persians while it is the birthplace of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. For millennia the area now known as the Middle East has played a formative role in human history and it presents a fascinating and important area of study.

We offer an undergraduate degree in Jewish and Islamic Civilisations and whether you find yourself drawn to the ancient or modern worlds or favour the study of literature, religion, history, languages, archaeology or politics, you will find in our degree a way to deepen your appreciation of complex and diverse societies and cultures. From Babylon to Berlin, from Cracow to Cordoba, from New York to Jerusalem you can explore these extraordinary societies with us. There is also an option to take courses in Hebrew or Arabic from your second year.

With about twenty postgraduate students taking research masters and doctorates, there is a vibrant community of scholars and we host many events throughout the year including public lectures by eminent scholars, evening courses and academic conferences.

Upcoming Events

Annual Holocaust Memorial Lecture Tuesday, 16th of February 2016. Professor Steven E. Aschheim, Hebrw University, Jerusalem.

History, Perception and Misperception in the Understanding of Contemporary Iran A public lecture by Prof. Michael Axworthy. Time: 6.00 pm Monday 14th December, Venue: Room 3074, Arts Building TCD

Human Rights and Religion Extra Mural Class January 2016

Scholars at Risk Speaker Tour Thursday 22nd October 2015

Why Teach the Holocaust? Wednesday, 19th August 2015

Holocaust Memorial Lecture, 2015. Tuesday, 10th February 2015

Near Eastern Banditry: A study in history & folklore
Thursday 6th March at 7pm

Reflections on pre-modern Islamic physiognomy (Firasa) with particular reference to Fakhr al-Din al-Razi (13th cent.)
Wednesday, 26th March at 1pm


Last updated 18 May 2016