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History courses in the master's programme Cultural Studies of the Middle East draw chiefly from the areas of specialty of the scholars that teach them: Turkish and Iranian history and culture.

Students of history trace the course of past eras and defining events and learn to identify the structures and dynamics that underlie them. This is achieved through the careful lecture of source texts in their original language: Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and others.

Through the guided application of historical theories and methods, students are given opportunity to approach and contribute to reseach questions that are actively being discussed in international academic contexts.

The Department of Turkish Studies at the University of Bamberg places its primary focus on the history and culture of the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey. It offers courses that discuss the histories of areas of the Middle East that in some eras encompassed large parts of the Arabic world and the Balkans.

The object of study of the Department of Iranian Studies is the history and culture of the Persian speaking world of the 11th to the 20th century: all those areas of the world where Persian was or still is used as the language of administration, literature, and intercultural contact. Beyond the Iran of the present day this also includes Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and at times wide swaths of Central Asia, India, and Anatolia.

The languages of instruction are German and English.