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Key Issues in Middle East Studies

This course provides an insight into Middle East studies as an interdisciplinary practice, by highlighting its relation to various disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, such as history, anthropology, sociology, and political sciences.

This relation will emerge through contemporary debates connected with Middle East studies, with particular focus on methodological discussions that hold relevance to societal and ethical issues outside the academia. We will debate issues such as identity, nationalism, sectarianism, gender and patriarchy, authoritarianism and democracy.
The purpose is to enable the students to reflect upon their own positionality and the positionality of other actors and observers when dealing with issues linked to the representations of the Middle East in our society.


  • Course structure

    The course is one module, 7.5 credits.

    Teaching format

    Instruction is given in the form of lectures and seminars. The language of instruction is English.

    Attendance at all teaching sessions is obligatory.


    Course details and resources

    Course infromation, details and literature list for Autumn 23 can be found in the learning platform Athena closer to the start of the semester.

    Please note that only registred students have access to downloadable resources such as PDF documents in Athena.


    The course is examined on the basis of a written essay assignment. The examination will be in English.


    Elena Chiti

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Do you have questions about the courses in Middle Eastern and North Africa's Languages and Cultures?

    Student Councelor:

    Director of Studies:
    Martin Säfström
    Phone: 08-16 29 43