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Postgraduate research in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies

We offer training and research supervision in all major cultures and periods of the Middle East, delivered by experts whose publications contribute to their subject on the international level.

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We play an active role in three Arts and Human Research Council-funded national consortia: the British Inter-University China Centre; the Centre for Advanced Study of the Arab World; and the Centre for the East European Language-based Area Studies.

View our range of programmes, and the support available for our postgraduate researchers.

Programmes

Finding a supervisor

Our postgraduate researcher students benefit from a very wide range of supervision, thanks to the diverse expertise of our academic staff. We also have a strong record of success in joint supervision, allowing you to work with two supervisors who have complementary specialist fields.

Our team's research interests include:

  • Modern Islamic thought
  • The role of women in the Muslim world
  • Translation studies
  • Israeli culture
  • Modern Jewish thought
  • 20th century relations between Europe and the Arab Middle East
  • Classical Islamic history
  • Shiism
  • Rabbinic Judaism
  • Turkic linguistics
  • Pre-Islamic and Christian history of the Middle East

See our Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies staff list

Resources

We offer excellent resources and support for the study of the Middle East.

The University of Manchester Library is one of the best in Europe, with a large Middle Eastern collection including one of the finest collections of manuscripts and early printed books in the UK. Its holdings include numerous Arabic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish, Hebrew and Syriac works.

The Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, often contains articles related to the Middle Eastern collections.

The University Museum and the Whitworth Art Gallery both contain extensive collections of material related to the Middle East.

Current PhD students

Find out what some of our current postgraduate researchers are working on:

  • Ola Abdelaal – ‘Women's Participation in Egyptian Revolution’
  • Ibrahim Alfraih – ‘Between Convention and Westernisation: Negotiating Gender, Religion and Traditions in the Contemporary Fiction of Saudi Women’
  • Nouf Alhammad – ‘Women in Ash-Shura Council in Saudi Arabia: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Gender Differences in Language Use’
  • Anas Alhumam – ‘A Study of the Dramatic Structure in the Poetry of Mahmoud Darwish’
  • Ibrahem Almarhaby – ‘The New Narrative Discourse in the Saudi Women's Novel post- 9/11 through the Cultural Perspective’
  • Nahlah Alsheikh - ‘Can Translation be used as a Tool for Soft Power in the Saudi Press’
  • Meriem Bougherira – ‘Through Exiled Eyes: The Representation of the Nation in Ahlem Mosteghanemi's Fiction’
  • Marton Ribary – ‘The Beginnings of Legal Abstraction in the Rabbinic `Study House' and the Roman `Law School”
  • Sarah Tafakori – ‘The Politics of Private and Public Spheres in Post-Revolutionary Iran: The Case of Iranian Women and Blogging’