About the LMEI
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
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.