WHY CHOOSE CIWAS?

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Programmes

Offering expertise across the full chronological and specialist range of Islamic and West Asian study, we have forged a reputation as one of the most dynamic departments of International Relations in the country.

Research

Royal Holloway is home to a great range of internationally-acclaimed research and teaching departments including our very own in the field of Islam and West Asia .

Blog

Keep updated with CIWAS with our blog updates touching on a range of issues delivered by staff, lecturers and students.

Why Study a Post Graduate Degree in Royal Holloway?

The political map of West Asia, home to more than 60 per cent of the world’s oil and gas wealth, is in flux. The on-going process of forming fundamentalist ideologies in the region, new waves of political Islamic revival, and the re-emergence of sectarian struggles in the region have heightened concerns about religio-political dynamics which are still not fully understood by scholars and policymakers. Moreover, the growing number of organised Islamic groups in the region, representing diverse political goals, are generating tensions that threaten to move beyond the borders of West Asia. The MA in Islamic and West Asian Studies is designed for students interested in the Islamic and West Asian world, as well as those wishing to pursue either a career in international affairs or further research on Muslim and West Asian communities. The programme is taught by scholars affiliated with Royal Holloway’s Centre for Islamic and West Asian Studies (CIWAS), an inter-disciplinary centre whose mission is to promote the exchange of ideas and knowledge among scholars from East and West. You will have the opportunity to engage critically with the history and politics of West Asian societies and Muslim communities, and have access to a wide range of regional resources which CIWAS has recently acquired. This programme is delivered jointly by the Department of Politics and International Relations and Department of History.

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OUR STUDENTS

With affiliated scholars from across Royal Holloway University of London, which is recognised worldwide for its research through disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, and with its partnership in higher education institutes and NGOs in West Asia, CIWAS is seeking to develop as a destination for researchers and students wishing to pursue education and research on Islam, Islamic societies, and West Asian communities.
Mahdiyah Abdul Hussein

Mahdiyah Abdul Hussein

CIWAS MRes class of 2017

"Studying at CIWAS equiped me with the research skills and academic rigour necessary to pursue further studies. In addition to independent research there was a focus on personal and academic development which encouraged me to present confrence papers on my work."

Mohammad Jassem

Mohammad Jassem

CIWAS MRes class of 2017

"My advisors helped me navigate, improve, and refine my research. I recommend CIWAS programmes to anyone interested in West Asian and Islamic studies, especially those looking to research the understudied field of Shi'ism. This programme has opened up a lot of opportunities for me to work in the future."

Fatemeh Sobhi

Fatemeh Sobhi

CIWAS MRes Class of 2017

"i always loved to read and learn about the western point of view with regard to Islam. I got to meet a small group of students and academic staff who were as interested as me if not more in the subject, and this has always been my real motivation to overcome difficulties i faced as an International student. CIWAS provided me, the great opportunity to fulfil my dream."

Joseph Hammond

Joseph Hammond

CIWAS MRes class of 2018

Joseph research at CIWAS focuses on the role of religion in Iranian soft power in Africa. More specifically, he examines the growing influence of Iranian religious institutions on the continent.

Mohammad Nasravi

Mohammad Nasravi

CIWAS MRes class of 2018

Mohammad was awarded his BA in Persian language and literature and MA in theoretical linguistics in Iran. His research at CIWAS focuses on studying utopian functions of pilgrimages in Shi'i Islam and Christianity.

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