Middle Eastern Studies is a varied programme. In a series of lectures on ninth-century Bagdad, Sijpesteijn zoomed in on fashion, sport, cooking and the inhabitants’ thoughts on sex and love. She invited the writer Hafid Bouazza, who translated a ninth-century text on the latter topic, to the final lecture. In the bachelor’s programme, all students spend at least one semester in an Arab country, in recent years at the height of the Arab Spring. The situation became so tense that a number of students had to leave cities such as Cairo sooner than planned. ‘Luckily, they all returned unharmed, and they learnt a lot: not just how complex the reality often is, but also how to hold your own in crisis situations.’
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