Current Issue: Spring 2015

The BFSA publishes an annual Bulletin in the spring giving information on research, publications, field work, conferences and events in the Arabian peninsula in fields ranging from archaeology and history to natural history and the environment. It also carries feature articles and book reviews.

The Bulletin is free to members, but can be purchased for £5 plus p+p (at cost).
The 2015 Bulletin is available online in pdf format.


The BFSA Lecture Series

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This year’s MBI Public Lecture at the SAS ‘Voice of the Ocean’, Saturday 30th July at 18.00 in the BP Lecture Theatre. Instead of a formal lecture, there will be a film preview about Omani Seafaring, ‘Voice of the Ocean’ produced by Abdulrahman al-Salimi and Eric Staples. The film will be followed by a Q & A session with Eric Staples.

Details of past lectures may be found on our Lectures page.

Seminar for Arabian Studies

The Conference

The Seminar for Arabian Studies is the only annual international forum for the presentation of the latest research in the humanities on the Arabian Peninsula. The three-day conference is held each July at the British Museum and the proceedings are published in time for the conference the following year.

Seminar for Arabian Studies, 2016

The 50th Seminar will be held on Friday 29th, Saturday 30th, and Sunday 31st July 2016. For further information about the Seminar please visit: Seminar for Arabian Studies

Latest News

It is with great sadness that we announce that the President of the British Foundation for the Study of Arabia, Miss Beatrice de Cardi OBE, FBA, FSA died this morning, 5th July 2016, in the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital where she had been for almost six weeks following a fall. She had celebrated her 102nd birthday exactly a month ago on 5th June.

She was not only a great and pioneering archaeologist, but the founder of the Society for Arabian Studies, the forerunner of the BFSA, after its predecessor (the Committee for Arabian and Gulf Studies) had fallen into abeyance. All of us who study Arabia owe her an enormous debt. May she rest in peace..

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