boomah Posted April 15, 2014 Share Posted April 15, 2014 Hey all, I'm a bit confused on whether to pursue a PhD in Middle Eastern studies, or in History focusing on the Middle East. Middle Eastern studies is appealing because of its interdisciplinary nature; my interests include modern Arab history and politics, colonialism and nationalism in the Middle East, Middle Eastern religious movements, as well as Islamic law and theology. I also have an interest in Mughal history and Islamic revivalist efforts in South Asia, which I'm not sure will fit in every Middle Eastern studies department, but will in at least some (such as Columbia's MESAAS). The appeal of History is that the field seems more solid and established. I have no idea about the statistics, but my impression is that it'll be easier to get a TT job with a History degree than with a Middle Eastern studies one (not many universities have Mid Eastern studies departments). But then, I'm afraid that History could be too limiting to my interests. I don't come from a History background, so I hope I'm wrong on that! So what do y'all think? Any advice? Thank you. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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