M.A. in West Asian StudiesAligarh Muslim University
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It is a multi-disciplinary Centre primarily focusing on contemporary problems and issues pertaining to South West Asia and Africa. Besides multi-disciplinary research, the Centre is involved in teaching, training and evaluation. Research activities of the Centre are performed by a reflexive awareness of the social role of the researchers and the nature of social science research. The Centre's faculty, though small in number, represents a variety of disciplines, such as Political Science, Eonomics, History, Geography, Sociology and Arabic. Besides, language teaching and training to the Area (Arabic and Persian) are an integral part of our research programmes. Apart from team work among the faculty, collaborative teaching and research with scholars from related departments are also undertaken. The Centre's activities include undertaking of in-depth research studies, organization of conferences, seminars, symposia, workshops and group discussions on varied aspects of the Area.
Ever since its inception, the Centre has brought out a number of useful inter¬disciplinary research studies (both English and Arabic). The Centre also publishes. a journal entitled "Journal of West Asian Studies" as well as a documented West Asia Bulletin. Numerous M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees have been awarded to the researches working as research scholars in the Centre. The Centre has already expanded its activities and has introduced full-fledged teaching courses at the graduate and the post-graduate levels- offering MA in West Asian Studies. Besides, it also offers a Post-Graduate Diploma in West Asian Studies (DWAS).
It has a well-equipped research library which attracts scholars from all over the country. While the in-depth study of history, economy, polity and society of a given state or area is vital for our understanding, new factors related to economic diplomacy, trade, new regionalism, decline of UN, end of cold war, rising tide of ethnicity and religion and growing acts of terrorism across the region etc. have added several new dimensions to our study in the Centre.
It is in this context that the focus of our study has to be multi-disciplinary and an integrated approach is being adopted. This is also in relation to revitalise and rejuvenate India's relations with the countries of the region, on the basis of our requirements of today and tomorrow.
The thrust area of the centre in the present focuses on the following major themes.
a) The Post-Cold War Developments and Conflict Resolution
b) Globalization and Economic Liberalization with special reference to west Asia and north Africa (Maghreb Project)
c) Indo-West Asian Relations: Economic, Political, Social and Strategic.
d) Resource Potential of the Region: Human and Physical, Remote Sensing
e) Economic and political Development
f) West Asia and India's Energy Security.
g) Geo-Strategic Environment and India's Security Interest.