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 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).

The draft programme can be found split into days available in pdf format on the Seminar page.

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…...

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Carved Doors as Historical Documents in Zanzibar, Oman, and Beyond by Janet M. Purdy, PhD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