SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East


American Association of Teachers of Arabic
The American Association of Teachers of Arabic (AATA) aims to facilitate communication and cooperation between teachers of Arabic and to promote study, criticism, research and instruction in the field of Arabic language pedagogy, Arabic linguistics and Arabic literature.

American Oriental Society
The American Oriental Society is the oldest learned society in the United States devoted to a particular field of scholarship. The Society was founded in 1842. From the beginning its aims have been humanistic. The encouragement of basic research in the languages and literatures of Asia has always been central in its tradition. This tradition has come to include such subjects as philology, literary criticism, textual criticism, paleography, epigraphy, linguistics, biography, archaeology, and the history of the intellectual and imaginative aspects of Oriental civilizations, especially of philosophy, religion, folklore and art. The scope of the Society's purpose is not limited by temporal boundaries: All sincere students of man and his works in Asia, at whatever period of history are welcomed to membership.

American Schools of Oriental Research
ASOR is a non-profit organization dedicated to the archaeology of the Near East. ASOR's mission is to initiate, encourage and support research into, and public understanding of, the peoples and cultures of the Near East from the earliest times

Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society
The Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society (AIAS) was founded in 1961 by Professor Yigal Yadin, Dr Alec Lerner, Leon Shalit and Dr Richard Barnett. The aims of the society are to make recent developments in the archaeology of Israel and neighbouring countries more widely known in the UK and provide travel grants for students of Middle Eastern archaeology.

Association for Israel Studies
Formed in 1985, the Association for Israel Studies is an international scholarly society devoted to the academic and professional study of Israel. AIS is open to all individuals who are engaged in, or share an interest in, scholarly inquiry about the State of Israel. The Association's membership is composed of scholars from all disciplines in the social sciences and many in the humanities. These individuals are from North America, Israel, Europe and elsewhere.

The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (popularly known as BRISMES) was established in 1973 to encourage and promote the study of the Middle East in the United Kingdom. It brings together teachers, researchers, students, diplomats, journalists and others who deal professionally with the Middle East. Membership is open to all the above, regardless of nationality - indeed regardless of where in the world you are based.

British Association for Near Eastern Archaeology
Membership of BANEA is open to anyone who is interested in the archaeology, languages and history of the Ancient Near East. The Association exists to bring together professionals and non-professionals with similar interests, to distribute and exchange information about recent developments in the field, and to make such information available to a wider public. These aims are achieved by various means. An annual Newsletter, which will generally contain brief reports on current British fieldwork in the region, information on universities and museums with relevant departments, news about exhibitions, new books, research in progress and grants, is distributed to all members. BANEA also organises Schools Days. A conference open to all members is also held every year and takes place in a different university or institution each time. BANEA's south-eastern arm is the London Centre for the Ancient Near East.

British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara
The Institute was founded in 1948 and exists to support, promote and publish British research into the archaeology and related subjects (e.g. anthropology, geography, history, art history, literature) of Turkey and surrounding regions such as the Black Sea littoral.

British Institute of Persian Studies
The British Institute of Persian Studies is an academic body founded in 1961, associated with and financially supported by the British Academy. It promotes scholarship and research in all aspects of Iranian Studies.

British Institute for the Study of Iraq
The British School of Archaeology in Iraq was established to encourage, support and undertake research into the archaeology (and cognate subjects) of Iraq, and neighbouring countries, from the earliest times to c. AD 1700. Founded in London in 1932 as a memorial to the life and work of Gertrude Bell, the School carried out excavations in Iraq and Syria before World War II and again from 1948. Large-scale archaeological projects in Iraq were suspended in 1990 but the School continues to support research there and in neighbouring countries. The school publishes the annual journal IRAQ and archaeological and Assyriological monographs.

Council for British Research in the Levant
In 1998 the British Institute at Amman for Archaeology and History and the British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem amalgamated to create the Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL). The CBRL promotes the study of the humanities and social sciences (e.g. archaeology,
geography, history, literature, linguistics, social anthropology) as relevant to the countries of the Levant (Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestinian Territories and Syria). The website gives information on scholarship and job opportunities, conferences and events and current projects, as well as useful links to other institutes and research centres in the same field.

Institute of Jewish Studies

Institute of Turkish Studies
Founded and incorporated in the District of Columbia in 1982 and currently located at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service of the Georgetown University, the oldest and largest school of international affairs in the country, the Institute of Turkish Studies (ITS) is the only non-profit, private educational foundation in the United States that supports the development of Turkish Studies in American higher education.

Iran Heritage Foundation
The Iran Heritage Foundation is a non-political UK-registered charity founded in 1995, in response to cuts in public funds related to the preservation of the history, languages and cultures of Iran. The objectives of the Foundation are pursued by means of encouraging and supporting research, publication, and diverse activities of cultural or scholarly merit in a variety of related fields.

Leo Baeck Institute London
The institute, named after Leo Baeck, the last public representative of the Jewish community in Nazi Germany, was founded in 1955 by the Council of Jews from Germany. It is the aim of the Institute to put on record the history and culture of German-speaking Jewry. The Institute focuses in particular on the once large Jewish communities, destroyed in the Holocaust, which made such an immeasurable contribution to European culture.

Middle East is a portal covering all events, exhibitions, trade shows, concerts, conferences, seminars, entertainment programmes and festivals in the following countries - Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. It has a complete database on event related information and a search engine to find this information.

Middle East Medievalists
Middle East Medievalists (MEM) is an international professional non-profit association of scholars interested in the study of the Islamic lands of the Middle East during the medieval period (defined roughly as 500-1500 C.E.). MEM has two primary goals. The first is to increase the representation of medieval scholarship at scholarly meetings in North America and elsewhere by co-sponsoring panels. The other principal objective of MEM is to foster communication among individuals and organizations with an interest in the study of the medieval Middle East. MEM also hopes, in the future, to advance the study of the medieval Middle East by undertaking such projects as scholar exchanges, conferences, etc.

Middle East Studies Association
MESA is a private non-profit organization of scholars and other persons interested in the study of the Middle East, North Africa and the Islamic world. MESA is dedicated to promoting high standards of scholarship and instruction, to facilitating communication among scholars through annual meetings and publications, and to promoting cooperation among those who study the Middle East.

Palestine Exploration Fund
The Palestine Exploration Fund (PEF) was founded in 1865 by a group of distinguished academics and clergymen. The purpose of the PEF is to promote research into the archaeology and history, manners and customs and culture, topography, geology and natural sciences of the Levant. The Palestine Exploration Fund today is an active organisation which publishes a respected academic journal, the Palestine Exploration Quarterly. In addition, the PEF presents public lectures on a wide range of subjects and funds several research projects covering a range of subjects in the Levant by way of small annual grants.

Royal Asiatic Society
The RAS is one of London’s oldest scholarly institutions to promote the study of South Asia. The website gives a programme of lectures, together with information about the Society’s invaluable library, journal, and awards.

Royal Society of Asian Affairs
The Society was founded in 1901 to promote greater knowledge and understanding of Central Asia and surrounding countries. With the passage of time, the area has been extended to include the whole of Asia, from the Middle East to Japan. The Society is an active and friendly organization, which provides those interested in Asia with many ways of expanding these interests. In pursuit of these aims, the Council of the Society seeks to provide a balanced programme of activities which, though by no means neglecting the past, gives opportunities for keeping up-to-date with developments and for discussion on a wide variety of topics of common interest to Asia and the West.

Seminar for Arabian Studies
The Seminar for Arabian Studies is the only annual, international forum for the presentation and discussion of new research on Arabia and is often the place where major discoveries are announced to the academic world.

Society for Arabian Studies
The Society for Arabian Studies was founded in 1987 to support and encourage research in the Arabian peninsula in the fields of archaeology, history, culture and the environment. The Society publishes an annual Bulletin, organizes regular lectures, and supports publications on and field projects in the region.

Society for Libyan Studies
The Society for Libyan Studies was founded in 1969. Its aims are to encourage and co-ordinate the activities of scholars working on Libya and to foster and develop relations between Libyan scholars and those working outside Libya on Libyan subjects.

The Iran Society
Founded in 1935, The Iran Society acts as a gathering point for those who are interested in Iran's heritage and culture. It is strictly non-political. Its object is to promote learning and advance education in the subject of Iran, its peoples and culture and particularly to advance education through the study of language, literature, art, history, religions, antiquities, usgaes, institutions and customs of Iran. The Society's principal activities are seven lectures a year on a wide range of subjects, publication of occasional monographs, an annual study day (e.g. on Persian carpets or manuscripts), publication of the Society's journal and an annual reception for members and guests.

Turkish Studies Association 
The Turkish Studies Association, founded and incorporated in 1971, is a private, non-profit, non-political organization of persons interested in Turkish and Ottoman studies. The objectives of the Association are to promote high standards of scholarship and instruction; to facilitate communication among its members through meetings and written exchanges of information; and to promote international, scholarly cooperation among persons and organizations concerned with Turkish and Ottoman studies.

University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Site gives a thorough introduction to CMES, outlining its outreach, research and scholarship programmes as well as its financial assistance opportunities and language laboratory. You can browse the titles in the CMES library on line and view the large number of online maps for the region. Its links section covers news, technology and other universities and centres.