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First Year

In the first year we offer introductory courses in the origins of Ancient Near Eastern, medieval and modern Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic civilizations. Exploration of these histories, cultures and societies uses literature, inscriptions, and archaeological evidence as well as exploring contemporary .

Introduction to the History of the Ancient Near East

This module explores the environment of the ancient Middle East using both literary and archaeological evidence. Particular attention is paid to the worldviews of the ancient Assyrians, Egyptians and Babylonians. Israelites and their neighbours in the land of Palestine and in Babylonia, Persia, Egypt and the Hellenistic and Roman worlds form a special case study.

Introduction to the Modern Middle East

This module introduces history, texts and cultural contexts for the development of Islamic civilization from its origins in the Arabian peninsula to the present. Sources examined include the Qur'an, Islamic art and architecture, and literature of the Middle East.

Introduction to Islamic Civilisation

This module introduces history, texts and cultural contexts for the development of Islamic civilization from its origins in the Arabian peninsula to the present. Sources examined include the Qur'an, Islamic art and architecture, and literature of the Middle East.

Introduction to Jewish History

This module outlines the major cultural movements in Jewish history from their ancient origins in the Near East through the medieval Muslim and Christian societies up to the modern experience.