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Intellectual Encounters of the Islamicate World, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #130 (QS) ,
The MA Intellectual Encounters of the Islamicate World combines academic excellence with the flexibility of an online degree program that allows you to gain international experience in a highly vibrant study environment.


What we offer:

  • a one-year, English-taught degree program on the deep and diverse links between the Muslim, Jewish and Christian intellectual contributions during the Medieval period;
  • internationally acclaimed teachers from all over the world;
  • small study groups of about 20 students, many of whom from the Middle East;
  • in-class sessions in Cordoba and Berlin;
  • no tuition fees;
  • scholarships for Palestinian and Israeli nationals;
  • an individualized support structure by teachers, tutors and mentors;
  • synchronic online sessions in a state-of-the-art web-based learning setting.

Programme Structure

The curriculum serves to deepen specialised knowledge and experience in a scientific manner through research-oriented courses and methods of study. For this purpose a scientifically structured curriculum imparts knowledge about the intellectual history of the Islamic world in its respective socio-historical and multi-religious contexts. The primary focus lies on subsidiary disciplines such as the History of Ideas, Law and Legal Methodology, as well as Material Culture/Social History. In the modules taught on History of Ideas students work on reading and interpretation of sources in the original language regarding various approaches to problems in Rational Theology, Exegesis, Philosophy, Logic, and/or Islamic, Jewish and Christian Mysticism in the Arabic-speaking world. The module Law and Legal Methodology deals with the foundations, structure, methodology, and functional form of Islamic Law. 

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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • Graduation certificate
  • Official transcript of records
  • Official translations of all certificates if issued in any language other than German or English
  • Proof of English knowledge
  • Sufficient knowledge of German

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Students do not pay any tuition fees. However, the university charges a semester fee (app. 300 Euro per semester)

Living costs for Berlin

  • 836 - 1340 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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