Admission to (one of) the programme(s) listed under Part of in the right information bar.
If you are interested in taking this course, but NOT a student of (one of) the listed programme(s), please contact the Coordinator of Studies.
This course offers an interdisciplinary study of the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula and its connectivity with the wider West Asian and Indian Ocean geographies. With a view of social, spatial, political, economic, and cultural lineages and linkages, the course offers dynamic readings with diverse theoretical and methodological approaches for a critical and rounded perspective on the region. By starting with the Arabian peninsula, the course bridges Middle Eastern, Asian, and Indian Ocean worlds, and adds texture and new focal points to our study of the region. The peninsula’s connections with Persia, South Asia, and East Africa have been just as significant to the histories and present relations of power, class, and mobilities as the Ottoman Empire and Arabic-speaking world have been over time. Themes in various years may include migration; cultural production; labour, environmental, and/or socio-cultural politics; authoritarianism and surveillance; power politics in the international order; financial and military interventions; logistics and infrastructures; and history(ies) of markets and networks.
To be communicated in course syllabus.
The timetables are available through My Timetable.
Mode of instruction
Attendance and active participation are obligatory for seminars. Students are required to prepare for and attend all sessions. The course is offered as part of a full-time program of studies, and therefore work commitments, holidays, or overseas travel do not constitute valid reasons for absence. The lecturer should be informed in writing of any classes to be missed for a valid reason (i.e., due to unforeseen circumstances that are beyond the student’s control, such as documented illness, family bereavement, problems with residence permits, victim of crime, or railway delays). In case of a justified absence, it is up to the Lecturer to decide whether the missed class should be made up with an extra assignment. The maximum of such absences during a semester is two. Please note that you are required to provide documentation that supports your case for absence where possible. Absence without notification and approval could result in a grade deduction, or in work not being marked and a failing grade for the course.
Students are expected to be familiar with Leiden University policies on plagiarism and academic integrity.
Plagiarism will not be tolerated. It is assumed that students' work is their own work with all sources used properly indicated and documented in the text (with quotations and/or citations). Students may not substantially reuse any work they have previously submitted in this or other courses. Minor overlap with previous work is allowed as long as it is duly noted in citation.
Assignment(s) must be submitted to Brightspace through Turnitin, so they can be checked for plagiarism. Submission via email is not accepted.
Engagement (e.g. active, informed participation; presentation; discussant duties; short, written assignments - details in syllabus): 60%
Final assessment: 40%
The final mark for this course is formed by the weighted average. In order to pass the course, students must obtain an overall mark of 5.50 (=6) or higher. The course is an integrated whole. All assessment parts must be completed in the same academic year. No partial marks can be carried over into following years. (The paper deadline mentioned in uSis is a fictional date for administration purposes only. The actual date will be communicated by the convenor of the course.)
Students must complete the assignment on time. No paper will be accepted more than 4 days after the due date, including weekends. In order to pass the course, students must obtain an overall mark of 5.50 (=6) or higher. Only if the total weighted average is insufficient (5.49 or lower), the insufficient grade is the result of an insufficient paper and the final version of the paper was submitted on time, a re-sit of the paper is possible. The deadline for this version will be determined in consultation.
Late submissions will result in a deduction of paper grades as follows: 1-24 hs late = -0.5; 24-48 hs late = -1.0; 48-72 hs late = -1.5; 72-96 hs late = -2.0.
Articles and book chapters can be found on the Leiden library catalogue or online.
All reading materials must be read in advance of class. Students should arrive at class having examined the material thoroughly, and therefore ready to engage thoughtfully in seminar discussions.
Students from MA programmes listed under Part of in the right information bar, will be informed by their Coordinator of Studies on the enrolment procedure. After admission they will be registered by the Education Administration Office Vrieshof, one week prior to the start of the first semester.
For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.
For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: De Vrieshof.