The students in Arabic Studies programme at Freie Universität Berlin take in an exemplary look at selected texts of classical and modern Arabic literature, as well as essential texts of Arabic-Islamic culture such as Qur’an, Hadith and Tafsir. Subjects of study are e.g. questions of genre and literary form as well as questions of symbolism, intertextuality and intermediality.
Various research methods and working techniques from the area of literary and cultural studies are applied and practiced. The interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary area offers students the opportunity to approach neighbouring disciplines.
The master’s degree in Arabic Studies qualifies to take up doctoral studies in the same respectively neighbouring fields such as Semitic Studies, Oriental Philology,
Oriental Studies, Middle East Studies, Islamic Studies. The acquired knowledge and skills qualify for activities in state institutions and non-governmental organisations dealing with the Arabic-speaking world and with Arabic-speaking population groups. Amongst others, the following professional fields can be considered: international organisations, non-governmental organisations, German branches of companies in the Near and Middle East, public authorities, policy counselling, media, publishing, museums, adult education and training, institutions and organisations caring for migrants and refugees, tourism.
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Research areas of Arabic Studies:
- Classical Arabic literature in its social environment
- History of the Arabic language
- Arabic palaeography and book culture
- Transmissions of knowledge in Arabic literature
- Arabic scholarship
- Literature from al-Andalus
- Folklore and traditions of the Arabic-speaking world
- Contemporary and popular Arabic culture
- Modern Arabic prose and poetry
- 24 months
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- Bachelor’s degree in history and culture of the Middle East from the Freie Universität Berlin or its equivalent from a program that is similar in terms of content and structure.
- Proof of written Arabic language skills (level B1 CEFR).
- Proof of language skills in one of the following languages: Ancient Greek, French, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Modern Persian, Russian, Spanish, Syriac-Aramaic or Turkish (level B1 CEFR), or oral skills in a modern Arabic dialect (level C2 CEFR).
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