Preliminary Examination in Oriental Studies

A

  • 1. The languages, subjects, and papers in the examination shall be as prescribed by regulation from time to time by the Board of the Faculty of Oriental Studies.

  • 2. A candidate shall be deemed to have passed the examination when he or she shall have satisfied the Moderators in all the papers associated with one of the languages specified in the regulations.

  • 3. Candidates must offer all subjects at one examination provided that: (i) in languages for which four papers are required, a candidate who fails in one or two papers may offer those subjects at one subsequent examination, and a candidate who fails three or four papers must offer all four subjects at one subsequent examination; and (ii) in languages for which three papers are required, a candidate who fails in one paper may offer that subject at one subsequent examination, and a candidate who fails two or three papers must offer all three subjects at one subsequent examination.

  • 4. In the case of candidates who have satisfied the Moderators in all the papers at a single examination, the Moderators may award a distinction to those of special merit.

B

The languages which may be offered shall be Arabic, Chinese, Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Hebrew, Japanese, Persian, Sanskrit, and Turkish.

Arabic

Candidates will be required to offer three three-hour papers (papers (i), (ii), and (iv) below), plus an oral/aural examination as specified under (iii) below.

  • (i) Translation and precis into English.

  • (ii) Comprehension, composition, and grammar.

  • (iii) Oral/aural examination (to be done at the Oriental Institute)1

  • (iv) Islamic history and culture.

Chinese

Candidates will be required to offer three three-hour papers.

  • (i) Modern.

  • (ii) Classical.

  • (iii) East Asia Survey: China.

Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies

Candidates offering Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies are required to offer four three-hour papers:

  • 1, 2

    Either Akkadian texts. (Lists are available from the Oriental Institute)

    and

    Akkadian grammar and unprepared translation.

  • Or

    Egyptian texts: Middle Egyptian texts, ed. Baines and Smith. (Copies are available from the Oriental Institute)

    and

    Middle Egyptian grammar and unprepared translation.

  • 3. Civilizations of the Ancient Near East.

  • 4. History of the Ancient Near East to 30 BCE.

Hebrew and Jewish Studies

Candidates will be required to offer four three-hour papers.

  • (i) Hebrew Texts I: Biblical and Rabbinic Hebrew.

  • (ii) Hebrew Texts II: Medieval and Modern Hebrew.

    Copies of texts for papers (i) and (ii) are available from the Oriental Institute.

  • (iii) Grammar and Translation into Hebrew.

  • (iv) General Paper.

Japanese

Candidates will be required to offer three three-hour papers.

  • (i) Modern Japanese I.

  • (ii) Modern Japanese II.

  • (iii) East Asia Survey: Japan.

Persian

Candidates will be required to offer three three-hour papers.

  • (i) Translation from Persian and reading comprehension.

  • (ii) Translation into Persian and essay.

  • (iii) Islamic History and Culture.

Sanskrit

Candidates will be required to offer three three-hour papers.

  • (i) Texts: C. R. Lanman, Sanskrit Reader, pp. 1-34, l. 11. Bhagavad-Gītā (ed. Belvalkar), Books II, IV, VI, and XI.

  • (ii) Grammar: the subject will be studied from M. A. Coulson, Teach Yourself Sanskrit ; A. A. Macdonell, Sanskrit Grammar for Students.

  • (iii) General paper.

Turkish

Candidates will be required to offer three three-hour papers.

  • (i) Prepared texts and unseen translation from Turkish. (The list of texts to be prepared is published in the current issue of the Islamic Studies handbook.)

  • (ii) Turkish grammar and translation into Turkish.

  • (iii) Islamic history and culture.

1  Details of the areas in which candidates will be expected to show competence are provided in the examination conventions and in the handbook.