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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 4
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?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • DR352S 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.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed


Contact Teaching Time

3 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt:

5000 Word Essay (60%)

2500 word formative essay (30%)

Class presentation (10%)



No resit permitted

Formative Assessment

2500 Word Formative Essay

Class Presentation


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.

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