History Program
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Last modified: November 16, 2015 10:08:17.

Welcome to the History Program at Qatar University

We currently have more than thirty faculty members with teaching and research expertise covering the breadth of the discipline.  Our mission is to cultivate students’ awareness of the historical causes that shape our present, and to provide them the necessary skills to identify and scrutinize the disparity between historical myths and realities. Our introductory and advanced courses, offered within a liberal education framework, emphasize critical analysis and reasoning, as well as written and oral communication skills that will prepare students to enter a variety of careers such as journalism, education, museum work, business, politics and public service, or to pursue graduate studies. 

Students in the program can choose between three focus areas: History of the Gulf, Islamic History, and History of Europe. This diversity offers a unique range of opportunities, in line with the program’s primary educational objective, to provide high quality undergraduate education to QU students.

Students in our program are equipped with valuable knowledge, as well as with technical, critical-thinking, problem-solving, research, communication, and teamwork skills. This will empower them for their future careers in the educational and industrial sectors. 

You will find on this website all the important details about this program. If you cannot locate it or you need more information, please contact the department office.

Program Objectives

  1. Encourage students to analyze causal relationships over time and across civilizations by using a mixed chronological, thematic, and topical approach.

  2. Expand students’ ability to understand the chronological relationship between geography and history, resulting in an understanding of the diversity between lifestyles, cultures, and patterns of social interactions.

  3. Enhance students’ recognition and understanding of major turning points in history.

  4. Improve students’ communication skills by encouraging them to interpret, analyze, defend, and advocate scholarly positions in writing and orally, based on their study of global and regional history.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Gather and comprehend historical information from primary sources.

  2. Recognize the impact of civilizational interaction.

  3. Compare instances of equality and disparity, and human success and failure in history.

  4. Critically analyze historical facts to draw well-supported, informative conclusions.

  5. Conduct scholarly and methodologically sound historical research.

  6. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.


Mahjoob Zweiri, is an Associate Professor in Contemporary History and Politics of the Middle East Graduate Faculty at Qatar University. He was also a visiting professor to School of Government & International Affairs at Durham University. He holds a PhD in the Modern History of Iran from Tehran University (2002). He was a research fellow and then a director of the Centre for Iranian Studies in the Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at Durham University till Dec 2006. In addition to Arabic, Dr Zweiri is fluent in Farsi and English.