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New Programs of the Centre for Islamic and West Asian Studies (CIWAS) at Royal Holloway University of London

17 March, 2018 03:57
New Programs of the Centre for Islamic and West Asian Studies (CIWAS) at Royal Holloway University of London

CIWAS was established in October 2016 to provide an institutional focus for Royal Holloway scholars interested in Islamic and West Asian societies, including researchers in the departments of History, Music, Geography, Theatre, English, Economics, and in the School of Law and the School of Management. Its mission is to foster an exchange of ideas and knowledge among those interested in Islam, Islamic societies, and West Asia, and to contribute to the conversation being carried on, in western academia and around the world, on the future of West Asian societies and on the role that Islam might play in the search for solutions to current problems faced by the peoples of the region.

Privileged by unconditional supports from external partners (including IRIC) and as a new initiative of Royal Holloway University, CIWAS is glad to run new programs in coming academic year. These programs are envisioned as developing and expanding through collaborations with its institutional partners from West Asia, some of which have been centers for Islamic and regional studies for more than a millennium.

Our programs are designed for students who are seeking to gain knowledge of the Islamic and West Asian worlds, and those interested either in a career in international affairs or in pursuing further research on Muslim and West Asian communities. As September 2018, CIWAS would focus on three streams of programs:


A one-year Master by Taught offered by departments of Politics and International Relations and History at Royal Holloway which prospective students with a robust understanding of history and contemporary politics of Islam and West Asia. This program includes two core courses of Introduction to the Historical Study of the Modern Muslim World, Islam and West Asia in International Relations, along with a core method course. A wide range of optional courses are available to students to further strengthen their study of Islamic societies and West Asian communities.


A two-year Master of Philosophy for those prospective students who are more interested in pursuing a research pathway in understanding Islamic and West Asian studies. Those pursuing an MPhil Degree at CIWAS are required to attend MA program core courses during the first semester and are offered Farsi or Arabic instruction in Iran or Lebanon for four months. After they return, students work with their supervisors to develop and complete a dissertation that draws on resources in the language, which they have studied.


CIWAS affiliated faculty, are available to supervise research projects carried out at the frontiers of knowledge in Islamic and West Asian studies with a thesis that makes an original contribution to knowledge. The PhD students will get regular progress reviews, an oral upgrade exam, and a major annual review for which they’ll usually prepare a written submission. With advice from the supervisors, students are responsible for deciding when to submit their thesis, which normally takes three to four years after their enrolment.


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