Historical change, cultural diversity and political upheavals in the Middle East are among the focal points of the bi-national Master's programme History and Sociology/Anthropology of the Middle East in a Global Perspective (Middle Eastern Sociology and History). The joint studies with Lebanese students in Erfurt and the semester abroad at a university in Lebanon are central to studying the region not only from a German and European, but also from a global perspective. The phase abroad is supported by DAAD scholarships.
Focus: World region of the Middle East
- Interactions between the Middle East and Europe
- Spatial and urban history
- Gender issues
- Ethnic and religious diversity
The interdisciplinary and intercultural course of studies is basically open to students of different disciplines, so that a lively exchange of different perspectives can take place in the seminars. Guest lecturers from Lebanon also teach in Erfurt.
The programme is carried out jointly with the Université Saint-Joseph (Beirut/Libanon) and other partner universities.
Students acquire a unique and diversified qualification profile, which includes subject-specific as well as theoretical-methodological knowledge and language skills. Graduates receive an academic double degree (Master of Arts, M. A./master recherche).
Chair of West Asian History
Job & Career Perspectives
The programme is research-oriented and prepares students for a doctorate and independent research in one of the participating disciplines or a related subject, but also offers various practical career perspectives, for example
- in integration and development work
- in cultural management
- in political and economic consulting
- in the fields of journalism and media
- in archives and libraries
- in international youth and adult education
Get to know our graduates:
After finishing my Master's degree, I worked at the University of Erfurt before switching to refugee social counselling. In the meantime, I work in migration counselling for adult immigrants. The interdisciplinary approach of the MESH programme and the intercultural and linguistic competences it imparted are tremendously valuable for my current job and have enabled me, as a career changer, to enter this field of work.
At the request of the Department of History and the Faculty of Philosophy, enrolment in the Master's programme History and Sociology/Anthropology of the Middle East in Global Perspective (MESH) will be suspended for the winter semester 2023/24.
The background to this is the currently very unstable political and economic situation in Lebanon. This makes it irresponsible for the university to enrol students in this degree programme at the moment for reasons of student welfare (e.g. no guaranteed basic medical care).
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