Entrance shot with 2 students
The Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies Building
The Street Gallery is a dedicated exhibition space within the Institute building

About IAIS

The Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies is one of the foremost academic institutions in the UK offering research and taught degree programmes in a wide range of areas within the field of Arab, Middle Eastern, and Islamic Studies. We offer Arabic and Middle East languages as well as comprehensive education in the literatures and cultures of the Arab world and Middle East, the history, politics, economies, societies, and anthropology of the region and almost every aspect of Islamic studies from medieval to modern Islam. A number of dedicated research centres and links with other subject areas provide you with an opportunity to branch out into other disciplines and areas of study, as well as reinforcing the teaching you receive through cutting-edge research and engagement with current issues

Research

  • The Institute has the strongest REF2014 results of any Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies department in the UK submitted to the Area Studies Panel, and they establish Exeter as the leader in the field in terms of research quality, impact and environment
  • Research Centres focus on sub-regional specialist areas of interest

Teaching

Facilities

  • The Institute has its own dedicated building, completed in 2001 to a distinctive architectural style evocative of the region studied.
  • The building includes a postgraduate study centre, a state-of-the-art language laboratory and computing facilities for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
  • The Middle East Collections is now housed in the Forum Library.  The Arab World Documentation Unit is now held in the Old Library.