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School of History


Middle Eastern Studies

The history of the Middle East and its relations with Europe, past and present, is a topic with contemporary resonance. Queen Mary historians have extensive research experience in this area. 

Our internationally recognised expertise in the history of the medieval Islamic world, Iberia and the Crusades, as well as in the modern national and international politics of the Arab Middle East.

Our MA offerings are interdisciplinary, and include literary representations of the Middle East, and the impact of cultural diversity on legal systems.

All this and more is studied in conjunction with the Queen Mary Centre for the Study of Islam and the West, which is a hub for lectures and events on Middle Eastern topics. 

Teaching staff

Staff teaching in this specialist area include:


Each year students will be offered a range of optional modules both in the School of History and in other Schools in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. These options are dependent upon the availability of specialist teachers, and therefore they change year by year. The availability of each optional module is also dependent upon student interest. 

The modules you can choose may include the following:

For more information, see our complete list of modules.