Asian and African Religions (with Asian/African language tuition)

58.04.01In russian

Level of education Master

Type of instruction Full-time

Duration 2 years

Main academic courses
  • History and Theory of Religion
  • Concepts of Modern Religious Studies
  • The language block of Asian/African languages
  • Internship. Research Work
  • History of Early Christianity / Religion and Philosophy of Asian/African Countries. Far East
  • The New Testament as the Holy Scripture of the Christians / Religion and Philosophy of Asian/African Countries – Middle East / Handwritten Arabic Book / East Asia – Russia – Western World: The Shaping of Ethnic Images and Stereotypes / Modern Religious Movements of India / The Book in the Intellectual History of Korea / Russia's Image of Republican Turkey / Religious-Magical Literature of Ancient Mesopotamia / Traditional Beliefs and the Practice of Pilgrimage in Central Asia and the North Caucasus
Our advantages
  • The master's programme ‘Asian and African Religions (with Asian/African language tuition)’ is aimed at developing in students a holistic understanding of religious, cultural, civilisational, ethno-confessional, and other features of Asian/African countries and peoples. Students also study in depth one or more Asian/African languages.
  • While training, students study: the history and theory of religion; the concepts of modern religious studies; religious doctrines and systems of philosophy in the Middle and Far East; and disciplines that reflect the issues in the genesis and functioning of traditional consciousness and religious institutions in Asia and Africa.
  • The programme is designed to develop in students a scientific horizon that makes it possible to: perceive and interpret scientific ideas in various fields of humanitarian research; instil professional skills of scientific inquiries and research; develop the ability to use efficiently the achievements of modern science; work in a research team; and use the knowledge obtained to solve theoretical and applied tasks.
Main areas of research
  • Asian and African religions
  • The sphere of interaction with Asian/African countries and peoples
  • Russian, regional and international organisations interacting with Asian/African countries and peoples
Career opportunities


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