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M.A. Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies at Hebrew University

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Learning about the Middle East should be an interdisciplinary journey. For those who wish to study the rich history and culture of Islam, The Hebrew University offers an academically rigorous program in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. Through this program, students will become immersed in literary Arabic, in which students are expected to become proficient after one year. They’ll also gain knowledge in the field by taking other courses of study in the humanities like Islamic Archaeology and history.


The program is offered by the Rothberg International School in conjunction with the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. Coursework concerns the history, religion, politics, society, and culture of the Middle East and is designed to prepare students for careers in government, academia, or journalism. Learning in the city of Jerusalem is also advantageous to students, as they will be surrounded by a local population comprised of 35% native Arabic speakers.


This 3-year program includes 36 credit hours including core classes and electives, like the History of the Modern Middle East, Early Islamic History and Cultural Legacy of Islamic Societies, Colonialism in the Middle East, The Maghrib: Politics and Society in Contemporary North Africa, Turkey’s Regional Foreign Policies: Changing Ties with the Middle East, the EU, and Israel, and more.


New students without any prior knowledge of Arabic will be required to take a placement exam prior to the start of the program. There is also an opportunity to study other Middle Eastern and Islamic languages (Modern Turkish, Ottoman Turkish, Persian, and relevant European languages such as French or German), and those classes are taught in Hebrew.


Duration: 11 months

Age Group: 18-30

Location: Jerusalem

Accommodation: No

Language: English

Program dates and tuitions (before significant grants & scholarships are applied)

August - $20,485


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