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Arabic, Persian and Turkish Languages and Cultures

Degree type
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12 months
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Netherlands Government
Type of institution
Research University

Program description

The programme combines different approaches from philology to history, comparative literature, religious studies and social sciences.

The programme has a long and distinguished academic history, reaching back to the founding of Leiden university in the sixteenth century. Since then, an long line of acclaimed scholars - including Scaliger, Erpenius, Dozy, de Goeje, Wensinck and Snouck Hurgronje - have taught at the university and contributed to the development of one of the world's finest oriental collections, located at the University Library. Today, the programme will expose you to research covering the history, literature and politics of the Arab, Persian and Islamic world, of Turkey and the Ottoman Empire. In addition, it will offer you the chance to study at sister institutions both in the Netherlands and abroad. The programme's specialties are Arabic Studies, Persian Studies and Turkish Studies.

The aim of the programme is to introduce you to the concepts and academic approaches current in your chosen specialisation area, including various disciplines: linguistics, literature, history and social sciences. You will learn to use these concepts and approaches in researching and analysing source material in Arabic, Persian or Turkish.

Admission requirements

Previous education

BA degree in Arabic Studies, Islamic Studies, Persian Studies, Turkish Studies, Middle Eastern Studies or another relevant discipline.

Knowledge minimum

As per specialisation: a good working knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic, a good working knowledge of Persian or proficiency in reading Turkish.

Language requirements

IELTS overall band: 6.5, TOEFL paper based: 570, TOEFL computer based: 230, TOEFL internet based: 88

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