Islamic Studies

The Islamic Studies master’s specialisation at Leiden University provides you with an introduction to the various theoretical and methodological approaches to historical and current forms of Islam.

The focus of this programme is on ‘Islam and Society’, with special emphasis on the comparative study of Muslim society. It aims to respond to the growing demand for internationally oriented programmes that provide thorough training in the methodology of Islamic Studies. The specialisation in Islamic Studies provides you with the skills and insights required to conduct research in your chosen field. Much research on Islamic Studies is based on written sources and archive material from Islamic cultures and societies. This programme particularly focuses on these sources, teaching you to establish their value and importance in a specific context, or as the basis for a hypothesis. Social and historical approaches to the field are given ample attention, too.

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NB: For those interested in the study of Islam in a European context, see the MA in Theology and Religious Studies
It is also possible to focus on Islamic 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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