Oxford has a rich and diverse collection of academic centres of excellence, student groups and societies and independent initiatives focusing on the Middle East, the Gulf Region and the Arabian Peninsula.
We list here some of them. (If you are a member of a centre or group which is not listed we will be grateful if you let us know so we may include it.)
The Middle East Centre
The Middle East Centre of St Antony’s College is the centre for the interdisciplinary study of the modern Middle East in the University of Oxford. Centre Fellows teach and conduct research in the humanities and social sciences with direct reference to the Arab world, Iran, Israel and Turkey, with particular emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Centre Library is open in Term time Monday to Thursday from 9:15 am to 5 pm and Friday from 9:15 am to 4:30 pm and in Vacation time Monday to Friday from 9:15am to 1pm (1-2pm closed) and 2pm to 5pm. The Centre Archive is open by appointment only, with opening hours of 9.45 am to 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 5.15 pm.
The Faculty of Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford.
Among subjects in the humanities, Oriental Studies is unique in introducing students to civilisations that are radically different from the Western ones that form the basis of the curriculum in most British schools and colleges. The courses present both the major traditions of the regions studied and, in most cases, their modern developments. All courses include language, literature, history and culture, and there are a wide range of options in such fields as art and archaeology, history, literature, philosophy, religion and modern social studies.The following are the principal areas of study: Islamic World, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Eastern Christianity, Egyptology and Ancient Near East, South and Inner Asia and East Asian Studies.
The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies
The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies provides a meeting point between the Islamic and Western worlds of learning. Through good scholarship it promotes a more informed understanding of Islam – its culture and civilisation.
The Centre is committed to the advancement of academic excellence in teaching, research and publication. Its outreach activities sustain dialogue and promote mutual understanding at national and international levels.