SOAS University of London

London Middle East Institute

The aim of London Middle East Institute (LMEI) is to promote knowledge of all aspects of the Middle East including its complexities, problems, achievements and opportunities.

We provide teaching, training, research, publication, consultancy, outreach and other services related to the whole of the Middle East.  The LMEI is based at SOAS, University of London, the world's leading institution for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East and is home to one of the largest concentration of Middle Eastern expertise in any institution in Europe.

About the LMEI

Hassan Hakimian

Middle East studies has deep roots and a long history at SOAS. Over the past century, the Middle East has been at the heart of SOAS academic offerings and its regional perspective on world affairs.

The London Middle East Institute was established in 2002 to foster scholarly and public interest in the MENA region. Home to over 100 academic members, we pride ourselves as the world’s premier institution with one of the largest concentrations of interdisciplinary expertise in this field globally.

Our two specialist sub-centres – The Centre for Iranian Studies (CIS) and Centre for Palestine Studies (CPS) – each with over 30 academic members reflect the depth of expertise we host. Our wide range of academic programmes (conferences, workshops, panel discussions and book launches) along with our signature magazine – The Middle in London – are testaments to the depth and breadth of interdisciplinary expertise we pride in at SOAS.

I warmly welcome your interest in our Institute and look forward to welcoming you to our wide-ranging events and activities.

Dr Hassan Hakimian
Director, London Middle East Institute

LMEI Centres

The LMEI is home to the following two centres:

Contact the LMEI

Address: London Middle East Institute, SOAS, University of London, MBI Al Jaber Building, 21 Russell Square, London WC1B 5EA. United Kingdom. 

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7898 4330

The Founding Patron and Donor, whose generous support helped the establishment of the LMEI, is Sheikh Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber of the MBI Al Jaber Foundation. The Foundation supports a wide range of Middle East-related educational activities.

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