The doctoral program in Arab and Middle Eastern History aims to create top-rank professional historians. Students in this program will acquire critical, interpretive, and research skills that will enable them to achieve excellence in their chosen field of specialization.
The University will provide tuition, a housing subsidy and a stipend to PhD candidates in the form of graduate assistantship on a merit or need basis. It will also assist in covering the cost of language instruction and research should this be sought abroad as well as participation in scholarly conferences.
For admission to candidacy, students must :
Students with an MA must achieve candidacy status not later than 5 semesters after admission to the program. In the case of BA holders directly admitted to the Program, candidacy must be achieved not later than three years.
The history graduate curriculum is subject to periodic departmental review. Overall it is a flexible and an individually-driven program designed to build up a critical mass of knowledge based on the historical literature relating to the area of specialization. The curriculum adopts a problem-solving approach to historical research and writing, with a view to enabling graduates to think analytically, work independently and align their learning activity with their own educational, academic, and career aspirations.
A. Abu-Husayn Professor, PhD, American University of Beirut Ottoman Lebanon and the Syrian Provinces
N. El-Cheikh Professor, PhD, Harvard University Byzantine, Early Islamic History and Gender Studies
T. Khalidi Adjunct Professor, The Shaykh Zayid Bin Sultan Al-Nahayan Chair, PhD University of Chicago Early Islamic History and Historiography
J. Meloy Associate Professor, PhD, University of Chicago , Mamluk History
P. du Quenoy Assistant Professor, PhD, Georgetown University Modern European and Russian History
S. Seikaly Professor, PhD, School of Oriental and African Studies,Modern Middle East ern History
In addition to computer and other technical facilities provided by AUB, students will have access to the department’s private library as well as to the main University library. Jafet Library holds over half a million printed volumes, many of which relate to the history of the Arabs and the Modern Middle East. The University Library also owns over 1400 manuscripts, overwhelmingly concerned with matters pertaining to Islam and other aspects of Middle Eastern life and history. Its periodical subscriptions include about three thousand periodicals of which 182 are in Arabic. The Library moreover has one of the largest and most complete collections of Arabic newspapers covering the 19th and 20th centuries. To this must be added the vast array of primary and secondary material available on microfilm and microfiche and in a multiplicity of databases which are accessible to all AUB students.
The Department also has an additional Faculty line for Visiting Professors: the Alfred H. Howell Endowed Chair.
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