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Language and literature

The centrepiece of courses in this subject area are the language and literature of the Middle East from 8th century up to the present day. Particular emphasis is placed on Arabic and Persian as literary languages, but the examination of texts in languages such as Hebrew and Turkish rounds out the curriculum.

Students of the master's programme Cultural Studies of the Middle East with a specialization in literature receive intensive training in these languages, especially in Arabic and Persian.

Over the course of their studies, students acquire well-grounded proficiencies in literary history and theory, allowing them to discuss authors and genres, narrative structures, and the particulars of pre-modern and contemporary literary trends within academic settings.

The analysis of original texts is complemented by the careful perusal of secondary literature.

In an approach novel to the field, students apply comparative methods in an effort to correlate written records in multiple languages with one another, relying on the firm foundation of current literary theory they will have acquired in courses offered by the Universities of Bamberg and Erlangen-Nuremberg.

The languages of instruction are German and English.