Arab and Islamic Studies news archive
The Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) awards £233,831 to IAIS and History academics exploring magic in early 17th century Malta
30 June 2014
The BBC's HARDTalk programme recently interviewed Professor Ilan Pappé.
The Arab Spring in the Middle East failed to deliver on its early promise, BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner OBE told a packed audience at the University of Exeter.
The University of Exeter is launching a pivotal new programme designed to improve quantitative social science training.
28 February 2014
The IAIS Careers Day took place on 12th February. There were two panel discussions; an alumni panel discussion on "What you can do with a degree in Arab and Islamic Studies" and a discussion on "Careers in the Middle East". Students also had the opportunity to network with speakers at a drinks events.
The uncertainties surrounding the long-term prospect of democracy being fully embraced by North African nations embroiled in the Arab Spring rebellions are the focus of a fascinating new book.
A PhD student at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies has successfully defended her viva. Ana Almuedo-Castillo's thesis was "Civil Marriage in Lebanon as a Site of Resistance and the Emergance of Sectarian and Other Political Identities".
Mehrdad Alipour, PhD candidate, has had an article recently published in the refereed Journal of Religion and Gender
An ancient Saxon fishing trap exposed for the first time in centuries thanks to radical environmental change has provided new clues about the history of coastal erosion in Britain.
2016 IAIS Year Abroad Photography Prize was won by Pippa Giles, a third year student of Arabic with French & study abroad for her picture of Syrian refugee children now living in Al- Azraq village, Jordan.
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Archaeologists have uncovered an ancient, forgotten city in Ethiopia once thought to be the home of giants.
A powerful and heart-warming film about a group of Syrian refugee women is being shown at the University of Exeter.
The University of Exeter has strengthened its position as being among the very best universities in the world for Social Sciences.
Two leading academics from diverse fields at the University of Exeter have been appointed as Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences.
The University of Exeter will launch a national humanities festival with a touch of magic this year as experts and academics come together to discuss our modern view of the mystical.
Dr Mustafa Baig of the University's Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies met with Pope Francis in St Peter's Basilica on June 30.
The College of Social Sciences and International Studies had eight nominations and picked up two awards at the Students’ Guild Teaching Awards. Photo: Exeter Students' Guild
An Appreciation of the Life of Professor Clifford Edmund Bosworth who died Saturday, 28 February 2015. By Ian Richard Netton.
Former students from the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies give insights in to potential career and further study paths at the IAIS Careers Day 2015.
A University of Exeter, Middle East political expert features heavily in a new report by the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee on ‘UK Government policy on the Kurdistan Region of Iraq’.
Research at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies has been rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework (REF).
14 January 2015
IAIS's research has been rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in the first assessment of the research quality of UK universities since 2008, the Research Excellence Framework (REF).
SSIS research has been rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in the first assessment of the research quality of UK universities since 2008, the Research Excellence Framework (REF).
Dr. Leonard Lewisohn was the principal applicant on a successful grant application for £48,309 to the Endangered Archives Programme (EAP) at the British Library for a project entitled: “Iranian Performance Arts Journals Pre-1979.” Starting October 2018 and running for 12 months, he will be occupied with this EAP project to digitalize a selection of rare Persian journals relating to the Iranian Performing Arts printed in Iran from 1920 though 1979. Jane Lewisohn, Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, was co-applicant on this grant.
Submissions are open for the 2023 BRISMES Conference – Ecology, Crisis and Power in the Middle East
Fundamental change in Iran is only possible if there is recognition of Kurdish rights by Persian communities, an expert has said.
The Iranian regime is “doubling down” on the manipulation of media in response to recent protests to create armed conflict between different ethnic groups, an expert has warned.
On 26 October, the Arab World Documentation Unit (AWDU) was relaunched at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter.
On 26 October, the Arab World Documentation Unit (AWDU) was relaunched at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter.
Kurdish Folklore as World Heritage: Language, Music, and the Archives was the first international conference on Kurdish folklore and archives.
'Radical decentralisation' needed in Iran to allow Kurdish communities to benefit from natural resources, study argues
A radical decentralisation of politics and decision-making in Iran is needed to allow Kurdish communities to benefit from natural resources, experts have argued.
Fieldwork carried out over 20 years will show comprehensive history of modern Shiʿism’s foundational intellectual moment
Fieldwork over two decades will help experts produce the first comprehensive account of modern Shiʿism’s foundational intellectual moment.
The University of Exeter’s Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS) is proud to announce an exciting new partnership with the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP)
The rediscovery of a unique visit by an African prince to Exeter has encouraged a researcher to find links between the city and the Eritrean Ethiopian region.
The first detailed academic study of East African maritime traditions shows changes in boatbuilding techniques but the continuing use of wooden vessels by fishers.
Historic graffiti of ships carved in an African fort were drawn by soldiers on guard duty watching the sea, University of Exeter experts believe.
An international team of experts are establishing a major new archive of Kurdistan’s culture, history and politics.
This conference invites scholars and activists working on themes related to, what is commonly labelled, the Middle East and North Africa to engage in an interdisciplinary conversation about decolonisation.
Climate change threatens to destroy invaluable heritage sites and traditions in marginalised countries – but empowering local people is key to adaptation, according to a new study.
Important heritage sites on the African coast classed as having “outstanding and universal value” are threatened by flooding and erosion because of the climate emergency, a new study warns.
Exciting fully-funded opportunity for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in Area Studies to spend a week workshopping in Venice.
Coordinated by William Gallois and Gareth Stansfield with colleagues from Duke University and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.
All aspects of people’s lives are now bound to a “seemingly unlimited supply of cheap and readily disposable” petrochemicals, a new essay argues.
First academic research paper co-published on Instagram shows legacy of one of Algeria’s most influential modern artists
The first research to be simultaneously co-published in an academic journal and on Instagram shows the lasting legacy of one of Algeria’s most influential modern artists.
The competition promotes Arabic language, literature and culture amongst undergraduate students of Arabic at the University of Exeter.
A Selection of Kurdish Poetry, Edited by Farangis Ghaderi, Clémence Scalbert Yücel, Yaser Hassan Ali
The Cambridge History of the Kurds explores the social, political and economic features, forces and evolution amongst the Kurds, and in the region known as Kurdistan, from the fifteenth to the twenty-first century.
IAIS academics address Kurdish literature in translation and translationactivism in The Translator journal
The article presents an analysis of a small corpus of Kurdish literature in English translation and examine the process of its constitution, its main actors and practices, and the image of Kurdish literature it depicts.
The European Centre for Palestine Studies (ECPS) has continued activity under its program of the One State Laboratory in 2019/2020 and 2020/2021.
Lawrence works with the Refugee Hub as Senior Policy Co-ordinator for the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative. His role involves working to bring new, more sustainable and reliable models of refugee protection to Europe and other countries.
Former rebel groups become more moderate after gaining political power in nations with democracy, research shows
Former rebel groups who transform into political parties have adopted a moderate stance after gaining power in more democratic political systems, a study shows.
Over the summer we have been showcasing some of the fascinating careers fields that our alumni have taken following their degrees in Middle East, Islamic Studies and Arabic.
Early African Muslims had a halal – and cosmopolitan diet - discovery of thousands of ancient animal bones shows
Early Muslim communities in Africa ate a cosmopolitan diet as the region became a trading centre for luxury goods, the discovery of thousands of ancient animal bones has shown.
For the first time, a local radio programme will be produced and broadcast in both Arabic and English to a global listening audience.
The award recognises her long standing commitment to developing the field of Islamic history, and particularly her contribution to the study of the Maghrib and Andalusia through history.
Experts have found the first archaeological evidence showing Christianity was practised in Bahrain, a discovery which sheds light on a missing part of the country’s history.
Head of Languages Abla Oudeh visited our 4th year MArabic students on their work placement in Cairo
The Annual Year Abroad Photography Prize was won this year by Athena McDonald.
'The Painters of the City: Art in North Africa 1880-1920', an exhibition originally staged at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies in Exeter, and curated by Professor William Gallois, recently transferred to the Instituto de Ciencios Sociais at the University of Lisbon.
The CSI is delighted to welcome Professor Maribel Fierro, Research Professor at the CSIC (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid) as the 2019-2020 Al-Qasimi Professor of Islamic Studies.
A new Publication by Gizem Kahraman Aksoy, IAIS PhD candidate, is now available.
A panel of alumni from the College of Social Sciences and International Studies attended an Exeter Scholars event, answering questions posed by Year 12 students on this prestigious programme, followed by a round table networking session.
It is with great sadness that IAIS wishes to announce that Dr Michael Axworthy, Senior Lecturer in the Modern History of Iran, has passed away after a long illness bravely borne.
Nobel Prize winner and influential African businesswoman Ouided Bouchamaoui spoke about her extraordinary role bringing democracy to Tunisia during a visit to the University of Exeter.
Professor Bruce Lawrence of Duke University is the first holder of the position of Visiting Al-Qasimi Professor in Islamic Studies from January to March 2019
Congratulations to Dr Rob Steele whose PhD on "The 2500th Anniversary Celebrations and Cultural Politics in Late Pahlavi Iran" has recently been awarded.
Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies signs new Memorandum of Understanding with the America University of Beirut
The Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS) has signed a new agreement with the American University of Beirut (AUB), which commits both parties to further developing their research relationship together.
"Shi'a neo-tradionalist scholars and theology of homosexuality: review and reflections on Mohsen Kadivar's shifting approach"
Congratulations to Mehrhad Alipour, a PhD candidate at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, who has recently had an article published in the refereed Journal of Theology and Sexuality, Vol 24 (3), pp 200-218.
Congratulations to Charlotte Sefton who has won the 2018 Feminist and Women's Studies Association (UK & Ireland) student essay prize.
The staff and students of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, are very sad to announce that, on Monday 6 August 2018, our colleague and friend Dr. Leonard Lewisohn passed away suddenly and unexpectedly.
Dr Katie Natanel from IAIS has been awarded a £10,000 University of Exeter Education Incubator grant, along with project partner Dr Kerry Chappell from the Graduate School of Education.
The project is called "Digital innovation in project-based learning: toward a model for praxis".
Institute staff and student workshop held in Exeter.
The Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter is to host an exhibition highlighting student work on gender studies this Friday, 11th May.
The leaders of an ancient religion threatened with extinction by conflict in the Middle East have allowed their highly complex water-based rituals to be recorded by outsiders for the first time.
Aimee is the Associate Digital Editor with The Art Newspaper. Here she tells us what she’s been doing since graduating; reflects on the highlights of her degree at Exeter and the skills and experiences it gave her, which have helped in her career to date; and shares her plans for the future.