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Course Overview

The goal of this course is to challenge the general belief that Islam is the principal religion in the Middle East. We will examine in depth the history and the condition of minorities living in contemporary Middle East and their inter-communal relations, tensions, and conflict in relation to Islam.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Alessandra Cecolin

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • DR302S Religious Minorities in the Middle East (Studied)
  • DR402S Religious Minorities in the Middle East (Studied)
  • DR452S Religious Minorities in the Middle East (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Critical to understanding the modern Middle East is an appreciation of the role that religious minorities, both derived from Islam and not, have played in shaping the diversity of contemporary Middle Eastern countries. Throughout the course, we will examine the nature of religion as a primary marker of varying patterns of identity, and of inter-communal contact and conflict between communities living in the Middle East.

Further Information & Notes

The focus of the course on minority populations and their challenges will provide opportunities to raise awarenss of issues of equality and diversity, and will also advance the promotion of equality between different cultures.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt:

3500 Word Essay (60%)

2000 Word Essay (30%)

Class presentation (10%)



One 5000 word essay (100%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Feedback will be provided in sufficient time to allow students to improve their work. Formative comments will be provided on all essays, inclduing individual comments.

Course Learning Outcomes

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