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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.

Last updated 20 October 2015