Are you interested in the political and social background of the events in the Islamic world? Would you like to know more about the history of these regions? Would you like to learn more about the religious and cultural traditions of Islamic societies? Would you like to learn Arabic, Turkish, or Persian and gain an insight into their literary traditions? Then study "Islamic Studies and Modern Oriental Philology" at the University of Bern!
You will get to know the Islamic world from a historical perspective and with its diverse regional particularities. You will also deal with the no less heterogeneous interpretations of Islam in the context of globalised societies.
In the first three years, you will receive basic specialist training in the area of knowledge and methodologies that will enable you to engage critically with the cultures of the Islamic world.
Other study programs:
The Bachelor's program in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies consists of a major of 120 ECTS credits and one or several minors of 60 ECTS credits.
All minors offered at the University of Bern in the corresponding scope can be combined with the major; the only combination that is not permitted is that of major and minor in the same field of study.
For all combinations, performance assessments or modules that are offered as part of several study programs can only be credited to one study program.
Minors you may choose
Good language skills in English and French are required. A stay abroad is strongly recommended to deepen your knowledge of the oriental languages. The time for such a stay is the lecture-free period after the 4th semester of the Bachelor programme.
The Bachelor of Arts in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Berne, entitles the holder to enter one of the following Master's programmes without being assessed:
Master's in Islamic Studies and Oriental Literatures
Master Middle Eastern Studies