Oriental and Islamic Studies

... looks into questions such as ...

What are the origins of Islam and the Quran? What is the relationship between religion and culture in Islam? How does Islam affect government and politics? How did rationality and sciences develop in Islam? What do Oriental literatures contribute to world literature?

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Oriental and Islamic Studies, Bachelor 2 subject


Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Start: Winter- and summer semester
Duration: 6 semesters
Classroom language: German

2-Subject Bachelor Programme: This degree programme requires a second subject.
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What's it all about?

This degree programme is unique, because ...

 it provides an insight into the religious, cultural and historical principles of the Islamic world as well as into the languages and literatures of the Near East/North Africa.

It provides the opportunity to specialise in the following fields
  • History of Islamic faith and religious practice
  • History of Muslim countries and societies
  • Contemporary history of the Near and Middle East
  • Oriental literatures (Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Urdu)
  • History of science and education in the Islamic world
  • Arabic philology

Who is suited?

Those who wish to enrol in this degree programme,



  • languages and cultures, history and politics, travelling

struggle through:

  • foreign languages and literature
  • alien social structures, alien culture and politics
  • understanding social conflicts and political crises
Graduates from this degree programme frequently work
  • in universities and research institutes
  • in adult education and teacher training
  • in the press trade
  • in political and cultural foundations
  • in the civil service with focus on integration

And else?

An internship ...

is recommended. It is done in the 4th semester.
Duration: 4-6 weeks

Studying abroad ...

is recommended. It is done in the 5th semester.
Duration: 3-6 months

Where do I find help?

Academic advisory office

Nils Berenbrink
Building, Room: GB 2/136
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-25121
Website academic advisory office

Contact students

Fachschaft Orientalistik
Building, Room: GB 2/133
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-21760


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