The International Association for the Study of Arabia joins the millions of people around the world mourning the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We offer our deepest condolences to the Royal Family and extend our good wishes to  His Majesty King Charles III on the occasion of his accession to the Throne.

The IASA exists to promote research relating to the Arabian Peninsula and, in particular, its archaeology, history, epigraphy, languages, literature, art, culture, ethnography, geography, geology and natural history.
It does this by…

Awarding research grants,
Producing its own publications and supporting others,
Disseminating news of new research and events connected with Arabia, and
Organizing lectures and conferences, in particular the annual Seminar for Arabian Studies.

Become a member

You can join The IASA as a Corporate, Individual or Student member. Benefits are detailed on our membership page and include a copy of our twice yearly eBulletin, free lectures and discounts on some events.

Recent research

Wadi al Jizzi Archaeological Project Study Season 2019

After five seasons of fieldwork we felt it was the time to consolidate our knowledge of the surface archaeology and to prepare for publication of the results...

Traceological analysis of Paleolithic backed points from Dhofar: insights into South Arabian projectile technology

Projectile technology refers to launched weapons propelled by physical strength, that may have its range and speed augmented…...

Ships’ Timbers from the Islamic Site of Al Baleed: a case study of sewn-plank technology in the Indian Ocean

The sewn-plank ships that sailed the Indian Ocean in the pre-modern Islamic period were agents of trade but were also instrumental in…...

The 2021 Seminar

The 54th Seminar for Arabian Studies, organized by the International Association for the Study of Arabia (IASA), took place on-line over the weekends of 2 – 4 and 9 – 11 July 2021 with the Casa Arabe, Cordoba, Spain, as virtual host.

Recent videos

Dr Ekaterina Pukhovaia ‘The Transformation of the Imamate in Yemen 1200-1800’

The lecture may be viewed on The IASA YouTube channel.

How Abu Dhabi’s archaeology is reshaping the understanding of the Global Neolithic by Professor Peter Magee

The lecture may be viewed on The IASA YouTube channel

Carved Doors as Historical Documents in Zanzibar, Oman, and Beyond by Janet M. Purdy, PhD

The lecture may be viewed on The IASA YouTube channel