This Year’s Seminar

The 2017 Seminar for Arabian Studies

This year’s Seminar for Arabian Studies will take place at the British Museum from Friday 4th August to Sunday 6th August 2017.

Registration: You can download a form to register to attend this year’s Seminar here .
Details of how to submit the form and pay the registration fee are shown on the form.

Accommodation: Click here for a list of accommodation suggestions.  Note that very economical accommodation can be found in the various university hostels shown at the bottom of the list.  The Seminar does not have special arrangements with any of the hotels or hostels listed.

2017 Special Session

To celebrate the completion of Phase 2 of the Online Corpus of the Inscriptions of Ancient North Arabia in March 2017, the forthcoming Seminar for Arabian Studies will include a Special Session on “Languages, scripts and their uses in ancient North Arabia“. Ancient Arabia had its own branch of the alphabet and almost certainly a greater proportion of its population could read and write than in any other part of the ancient world. This Special Session will explore the many different uses the inhabitants of ancient Arabia made of their literacy, the development of the various scripts which they employed, and what we can reconstruct of the languages they spoke.

The 2016 Seminar

The 50th Seminar for Arabian Studies was held on Friday 29th, Saturday 30th, and Sunday 31st July 2016 at the British Museum, London.

The Special Session for 2016 was “Textiles and Personal Adornment in the Arabian Peninsula“. Other featured subject areas include Pre-Historic and Islamic Archaeology, History and Ethnography, and papers on late pre-Islamic Arabia.

The programme for the 2016 Seminar is available here: Seminar 2016 Programme FINAL.

Abstracts of papers presented in 2016:

Special Session: Textiles and Personal Adornment in the Arabian Peninsula
Session 1: Islamic Archaeology
Session 2: Prehistoric Arabia Part 1
Session 3: Prehistoric Arabia Part 2
Session 4: Prehistoric Arabia Part 3
Session 5: Prehistoric Arabia Part 4
Session 6: History and Ethnography
Session 7: Late Pre-Islamic Arabia
Poster Abstracts: Poster Abstracts



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