Arabic Studies

The Arabic Studies master’s specialisation at Leiden University explores the language, literature, history and cultures of the Arab world.

As a student of this specialisation you will investigate the range and richness of its influence on societies across the globe. Key features of the programme are its academic rigour and its emphasis on linguistic immersion.

Students are expressly stimulated to acquire broad practical experience in the field of study. The Arabic Studies department participates in study abroad programmes in Cairo and Rabat, and organises collaborative exchanges with the University of Amsterdam. Participation in these programmes will be an integral element of your study. Leiden’s tradition in Arabic studies is unmatched in Europe and the Arabic department is the largest of its kind in the Netherlands.

Unified around the dual themes of unity and diversity and continuity and change, the programme offers instruction and research guidance across a spectrum of topics and interests – from the birth of Islam to the mediaeval world of 1001 Nights to the modern-day cultures of the Middle East, North Africa and South East Asia.

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It is also possible to focus on Arabic Studies within the two-year Research Master’s programme Middle Eastern Studies.

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Master details

  • This is a specialisation of: Middle Eastern Studies
  • Degree Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies
  • Mode of study Full-time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Start date September, February
  • Language of instruction English
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 60842

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