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Middle Eastern Sociology/Anthropology and History (MESH): Master Program

Karte Mittlerer Osten (TALUDA, (sumeja, (Salih Ucar,

Degree Profile

  • Degree: Master of Arts (M. A.) and master recherche (double degree)
  • Begin of studies: winter semester (in exceptional cases summer semester)
  • Duration: 4 semesters (120 ECTS credits)
  • Faculty: Faculty of Philosophy in collaboration with Université Saint-Joseph (Beirut/Libanon), Faculté des lettres et des sciences humaines, Département de sociologie et d’anthropologie and Université Saint-Esprit de Kaslik (USEK) (Libanon)
  • Accreditation: ACQUIN
  • Structure: consecutive and research-oriented
  • Tuition fees: none (only administrative charges)
  • Scholarship: limited number of scholarship (DAAD)

Course Details

The Double Degree MA Program ist a joint project of the Chair of History of West Asia of the University of Erfurt/Germany and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the Université Saint-Joseph, Beirut/Lebanon as well as the Université Saint-Esprit de Kaslik (USEK).

Crossing disciplinary borders, the program combines the theoretical and methodological approaches of the three academic disciplines. Thus, it offers multiple perspectives on the histories and societies of the Middle East.

This entwined approach brings togther not only different disciplines, but different world regions and cultures, so that graduates will be qualified to enter international careers in diverse fileds of expertise. As it is mandatory to spend one semester at the partner university, participants will gain practical experience abroad abd establish contacts and networks.

Content and Benefits


  • Cultures of the Middle East in global historical context
  • Historical and societal shifts in East and West as well as mutual transfers of knowledge and culture
  • Transregional movements and dynamics of globalization
  • Collective identities
  • Violence, war, conflict, and conflict resolution
  • Culture of everyday life (Alltagsgeschichte), especially youth, politics, and music

Theories and Methods:

  • Contemporary theories of social and cultural sciences, especially 'culture turns', postcolonialism, multiple modernities
  • Major research methods of the three disciplines
  • Historical source analysis
  • Anthropological field research methods

Benefits of the Program:

  • The interdisciplinary approach provides graduates with a unique double degree.
  • The state-of-the-art academic double degree enhances career opportunities.
  • The international dimesion of the program helps to understand other cultures as well as one's own.
  • The intercultural skills imparted in the program provide an important asset in a globalized world.
  • The program enables students to learn and improve foreign languages which are an essential part of the program: Languages of instruction are English as well as German at the University at Erfurt and French as well as English at the Université Saint-Joseph. Arabic classes at both universities are required for non-Arab speakers.

Structure of the Study Program

  • 1st semester: Courses at home university
  • 2nd semester: Courses in sociology and anthropology at the universities in Lebanon
  • 3rd semester: Courses in history at the University of Erfurt
  • 4th semester: Interdisciplinary master thesis at home university


  • Total number of credits: 120
  • 90 credits in courses and language classes in the first three semesters
  • 30 credits for the master thesis

Language requirements

Good command of German, English and French language skills are required. Basic knowledge of Arabic is an advantage.

Prerequisites for Application

  • BA degree in historical, cultural or social science study programs


Information on application deadlines, procedures, admission and enrolment can be found at:

Appplication Deadline: Applications are accepted from 1 April to 15 July.

A limited number of sholarships are offered for the study abroad phase through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD); funds are provided by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).



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