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​MA Program in Middle East Studies (MAPMES)

Intertwined Worlds: Jews, Christians, and Minorities in Islamic Societies​

Situated in the multi-cultural and religiously diverse city of Beer-Sheva, the Department of Middle East Studies at ​Ben-Gurion University of the Negev will offer a new, unique one-year MA program in Middle East Studies with a focus on religious minorities and inter-religious relations in the Middle East and North Africa.

Program Launch: Fall 2023 (Program will begin in October)
Registration will open in January 2023

Are you interested in gaining expertise in these topics?

» Identities in Judeo-Arabic culture

» The diverse historical and present trajectories of Jewish and Christian communities across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

» Archival resources, oral histories, and ethnographic accounts for studying MENA Jewry

» Classical and colloquial Arabic training, taught in Arabic by native speakers


The Department of Middle East Studies at Ben-Gurion University is home to a community of leading scholars in Middle East studies, inter-religious relations, and histories of Middle Eastern and North African Jewish and Christian communities: 

Dr. Orit Ouaknine-Yekutieli (Moroccon Jewry), Prof. Yoram Meital (Modern Egypt, Egyptian Jewry), Dr. Leonardo Cohen (Ethiopia, Christians in the Middle East and Africa), Prof. Muhammad AL-Atawneh (Islam in Israel), Prof. Daniella Talmon-Heller (Comparative Religious Studies, Islam and Judaism), Prof. Haggai Ram (Palestine, Iranian Jews), and more.

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Program Highlights:


» One-year MA program in Middle East Studies taught in English (3 terms: Fall, Spring, Summer)
» Study Arabic - intense Arabic language program (colloquial, classic, modern, standard Arabic, all levels)
» Academic tours in Israel - museums, pilgrimage sites, local archives in Haifa, Jerusalem, and more
» International two-week course in Morocco on the Jews of North Africa
» Social activities and events: film nights, trips, a vibrant campus life!

Multidisciplinary Topics covered in the program:


» Methodologies in studying the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
» Comparative religious perspectives: Judaism, Christianity, Islam
» Memories and narratives of Jewish and Christian communities
» Material cultures of MENA minorities
» Museum Studies
» Introduction to archival work, oral history, and other relevant resources and skills
» Critical postcolonial and diaspora studies
» Perspectives on inter-religious relations, assimilation, and conversion
» Contemporary Middle-Eastern identities, cultures, films, and more
» Missionaries in the Middle East and Africa
»​ Islam in contemporary Israel

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Please leave your details and we will inform you once the full course list and registration will be available.​
Questions? Reach us via email at mapmes@bgu.ac.il​