Master Near & Middle Eastern Studies
The Master of Arts major in Near & Middle Eastern Studies at Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Basel is an area study in history and social science that deals with historical, cultural, social and political issues of the Ottoman and post-Ottoman Eastern Mediterranean region in modern and contemporary history.
The geographic focus of the MA program is set on Islamic-Ottoman Eastern Mediterranean region, covering Southeast-Europe, Anatolia, Mesopotamia, Levant, Hejaz, and Egypt. The common Ottoman history in the Eastern Mediterranean region is regarded as the connecting element between the Balkans, Turkey and the Eastern Arab world. The two languages, Modern Standard Arabic and Modern Turkish, are highly complementary and form a stable foundation for the learning of Ottoman-Turkish, which is also taught at Middle Eastern Studies. The Ottoman language, the official language of administration in the Middle East from the early modern period to the 1920s, opens the access to the extensive Ottoman archives, which contain important documents on the political and social history of the eastern Mediterranean region. Master's students may also specialize in only one language, either Arabic or Turkish.
The four semesters lasting MA program is a double-major program covering in total 120 credits, divided into two majors (each 35 credits), the MA thesis in one of the majors (30 credit points ) and a complementary area (20 credits). Near & Middle Eastern Studies is a MA major at the Department of Social Science of the Faculty of Humanities and needs to be combined with another BA major. Language of instruction is German and English.
To be admitted to a master's degree, a first degree (Bachelor's, or another Master's degree) is required. Profound and certificated knowledge of either Arabic or Turkish is required for acceptance.