Middle East: Scenarios and Dynamics

You can build up your own path choosing from the following areas:

  • History, political institutions, culture and Islamic economy
  • Focus on sub-regions
  • Contemporary geopolitical and geo-economical issues

You’ll have the chance to attend up to 90 hours from a wide range of courses and topics:

History, political institutions, culture and Islamic economy

An accurate analysis of the historical evolution of the region and its institutional and social peculiarities, and the possibility to go through a linguistic analysis of the political and juridical terminology with a glossary in Arabic.

History of Islam
Islamic philosophy, political thought, institutions and society
Islamic law
Islamic economy
Study of political and juridical terminology glossary in Arabic
International Relations of the ME

Focus on geopolitical areas

The sub-regions of the wider Middle East: their peculiarities and connections with regional and international geopolitical trends.

Maghreb and Sub-Saharan Africa
Egypt, the Levant, Israel
Iraq, Turkey and Central Asia
Persian Gulf, Iran and Southern Asia

A look at the contemporary issues

In the final term, a wide portfolio of specializing courses on the most relevant political, geo-economic and security events and dynamics contributing to the current Middle Eastern unbalances.

Economic and geopolitical trends, and Islamic finance

- The EU and the Mediterranean: role, policies and interests
- Contemporary economy in the ME
- Islamic finance

Global security issues

- Nuclear proliferation in the ME and the Iran file
- Terrorism and organized crime
- Human Security and Post-Conflict Institution Building in the ME
- Jihadism and violent religious activism
- Negotiating a complex scenario: how to prepare and manage a negotiation process on a regional crisis

ME and the current international relations context

- Iran in the international context
- Introduction to the International Politics of the Middle Eastern states
- Arab development challenges in the 21st century: the primacy of the “Political”

Pluralism in the Middle East

- Tolerance, pluralism and authoritarianism in the ME
- Religious pluralism in the ME
- Social movements and political change in the ME and North Africa
- Women in the Arab world. The female role in private and public spaces, between Islam, tradition and modernity

The Islamic perspective on human rights
Doing business in the ME and North Africa: legal and economic aspects of direct and indirect investments in the region. Theory and case studies

Academic Year
2015/2016
Start date
14 January 2016
End date
30 June 2016