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 2023 Seminar

Registration is now open:

The 56th Seminar for Arabian Studies will be co-hosted by Moesgaard Museum and Aarhus University, Denmark, 4th-6th August 2023.  Please note all presenters must be members of IASA to present (and becoming a member reduces the registration fee!). Non-Danish researchers are subject to Danish tax at 25%.

We encourage you to make your room reservations now.

Please remember not to book near Moesgaard Museum! The address of most events is Taasingegade building 1441.

The plan is as follows: the first day of the conference (Aug. 4th) will be at Moesgaard Museum. You can easily get to the Museum from Aarhus City by bus no. 18 (35min) and the Museum is the end of the line/final stop. Days 2 and 3 will be in Aarhus City at the north end of the Aarhus University campus (for location see google earth place mark:

Aug. 4 (Day 1) – Moesgaard Museum, Moesgaards Allé 15, 8270 Hoejbjerg

Aug. 5 (Day 2) – Aarhus University, Taasingegade Building 1441

Aug. 6 (Day 3) – Aarhus University, Taasingegade Building 1441

Try to book something south of the university campus and you can always walk up through the beautiful campus park (green area) and cross the street to the building (building 1441, Taasingegade).

We look forward to seeing you in Aarhus.

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