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Arabic Studies/Islamic Studies (B.A.) (two subjects)

Discover the Arabic-Islamic world: This degree programme provides knowledge about the religion of Islam, Islamic theology and philosophy during the classical period, Islamic law past and present as well as the literature and culture of the Arabic Middle East. One fundamental component is the study of the standard modern Arabic language with possible foci in Arabic dialects and classic Arabic.


Programme: Arabic Studies/ Islamic Studies (B.A.) (two subjects)
Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) (two subjects)
Standard period of study: 6 semesters
Start: Only the winter semester
Language of the programme: German
Language Requirements: None

Admission to the winter semester 2017/18:

  • 1st subject semester: open admission (enrolment without previous application)
  • 2nd to 6th subject semester: open admission (enrolment without previous application)
  • International applicants (non-EU): open admission (application to International Student Office)



Programme description
The Arabic studies/Islamic Studies programme covers the religion of Islam, Islamic theology and philosophy during the classical period, the historical and current role of Islamic law as well as the literature and culture of the Arabic Middle East. The programme is based on the standard modern Arabic language and includes Arabic dialects and classic Arabic. The Arabic Studies/Islamic Studies programme will provide students with the knowledge necessary to develop sources within the Arabic-Islamic cultural world on their own.

During the first year, the focus is on learning the basics of the Arabic language. Lectures provide students a glimpse of the fundamentals of the Islamic religion, history and intellectual history as well as Islamic law and Arabic-Islamic culture and literature. During the second year of study, students will improve their Arabic language abilities while simultaneously learning how to handle source texts and aids during some of the first seminar courses. In the third year, students will be taught how to independently develop resources that will prove useful during their bachelor thesis. Good English and French skills are recommended and a language exchange programme in an Arabic country can also be advantageous.

Graduates can expect to find positions in academics, the diplomatic corps, cultural exchanges, media and government services.