|The PhD course in Civilizations of Asia and Africa consists of three curricula. Each curriculum has its own peculiarities, but all of them
work harmoniously to ensure a high degree of cooperation and intellectual exchange.
CURRICULUM ON EAST ASIA
It aims at training scholars of the history of Far Eastern civilizations, taking the term history in its widest meaning and thus comprising linguistic, literary, philosophical, religious, and artistic aspects. The curriculum also trains experts in the contemporary realities of East Asia, adopting interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches. Such scholars will reach a high level of autonomy in their research, working on sources in original languages and mastering critical analysis. An important educational goal is to enable the candidates to develop and present their research in an international context, fostering mobility and collaboration with foreign universities and research centers.
CURRICULUM IN ARABIC, IRANIAN AND ISLAMIC STUDIES
It aims at training scholars and professionals with expertise in disciplines related to the history, cultures and languages of the countries belonging to the space of the historical development of Islam – as a religion as well as an institutional and cultural system –, with the inclusion of its religious, ethnical and linguistic minorities. It is oriented in particular towards linguistic, literary and historical research projects in the domain of Arabic and Iranian studies; however, it welcomes research and specializations tied to competence in other Islamic languages (Turkish, Urdu, Berber; Bambara, etc.). The curriculum provides a multidisciplinary approach: linguistic, philological and literary on the one hand, historical and socio- anthropological on the other hand. It supports PhD students’ international contacts, through collaboration and co-tutoring agreements with foreign universities and research centres.
CURRICULUM ON THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT AND CENTRAL ASIA
It aims at training experts in the history and culture of that vast and multiform area the core of which is in the Indian subcontinent and that stretches, from a linguistic and cultural point of view, to Central Asia. Three different profiles, based on a shared background, are offered: a) Language & culture (Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Sanskrit, ancient Iranian languages, in relation to philosophical, religious and philological disciplines); b) History (Ancient history, Modern and Contemporary history); c) Archaeology & Art History. For all the profiles the knowledge of a modern language (Hindi, Urdu, Bengali) or of a classical one (Sanskrit, old Iranian languages) is requested. For research projects on Central Asia the knowledge of the Russian language is necessary.
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