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.

The 2024 Seminar

Registration is now open


The Programme can be found here: SAS 2024 Detailed Programme 1 [Panoptic]

For more information please check out the Seminar page.


The 57th Seminar for Arabian Studies will be held in Paris 27th-29th June.

The location is:

Institut National d’Histoire de Art, Galerie Vivienne, 6 Rue des Petits Champs, 75002, Paris (2nd arrondissement).

The opening address will take place at the Auditorium.

Closest subway station:

Line 3 Bourse; Line 7, 14: Pyramides; Lines , 7: Palais Royal/Musee du Louvre

Several Bus routes serve the area. Depending on where you are staying, routes can be found here: as well as on different apps; we recommend GoogleMap or BonjourRATP (Paris transport company).

Recent research

Lipid residue analysis of Early Bronze Age pottery in south-eastern Arabia

The direct detection of organic products in Early Bronze Age pottery demonstrates the value of applying biomolecular methods for examining connections between material culture and dietary practices in the archaeology of Arabia. Combined with other bioarchaeological approaches, such methods can facilitate an exciting new understanding about ancient foodways, culinary practice and vessel use in the region....

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…...

Recent videos

Book presentation: Intellectual Connections between Jazirat al-‘Arab and Jazirat al-Andalus

This event is in Arabic may be viewed on the KFRCIS YouTube channel

Language and Ecology in Southern and Eastern Arabia Professor with Janet Watson, Professor Dawn Chatty and Dr Jack Wilson

This panel event may be viewed on our YouTube channel

Charles Huber: France’s Greatest Arabian Explorer by William Facey

This lecture may be viewed on our YouTube channel