Current Issue: Issue 21, 2016

The BFSA publishes an annual Bulletin 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

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

Thursday 16 March 2016: Dr Sami de Giosa, Khalili Research Centre Fellow at the University of Oxford, will speak about inscriptions and calligraphic style used during the Mamluk period.

MBI Al Jaber Building, 21 Russell Square, London  (Jointly hosted with the MBI Al Jaber Foundation).

The event is open to the public and free to attend, but please book a place by emailing info@mbifoundation.com.

Seminar for Arabian Studies

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 normally held each July at the British Museum (but in early August 2017) and the proceedings are published in time for the conference the following year.

Seminar for Arabian Studies, 2017

The 51st Seminar will take place from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th August, 2017.

This year’s Special Session will be“Languages, scripts and their uses in ancient North Arabia”.

Click here for the Call for Papers

Latest News

Call for items of interest for the latest BFSA Bulletin (2017).
We invite submissions for short notices of ongoing or forthcoming research. 
We also need information on interesting conferences, exhibitions and events relating to the study of the Arabian Peninsula that you or colleagues have attended, or will do so in the future. 

Notices are intended to raise awareness of the range and scope of current research in the Arabian Peninsula. They should be short abstracts or summaries, between  300- 700 words, followed by bibliographic references to recent publications and links to relevant department or project websites.  Email your contribution to

Daniel Eddisford, Editor, BFSA Bulletin  at current_research@thebfsa.org by Friday 20th January 2017.



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