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Bi-weekly staff seminar in Middle East and Islamic Studies (Sem 2)


Admission requirements

This seminar is meant for students who have been admitted to the MA Arabic, Persian and Turkish Languages and Cultures or the MA Islamic Studies.


Once every two weeks, a meeting of various lecturers and students is held. The objective of this seminar is to offer the student a platform to present the outline of the MA thesis and to discuss it with the lecturers and the fellow students. Moreover, this seminar might serve as a panel for guest speakers and staff members to share a number of findings in their current research with advanced students. Students are expected to share their own thoughts on future research with those present. They are also expected to actively participate in the debate. The seminar also intensifies the contacts between students and lecturers, and as such promotes the progress of the students in writing their thesis

Course objectives

The student learns how to lay down their thesis research findings in writing and how to present orally the results of their research. The students learns to participate actively in an academic discussion and to receive and formulate criticism. The student learns to meet deadlines.


Once every two weeks, on Thursdays, 11.00-13.00 hs.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

Active class participation and presentation of the research outline.


Not applicable

Reading list

Hand outs


Through uSis

Contact information

Dr N.J.G. Kaptein