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Journal of Arabian Studies:

Arabia, the Gulf, and the Red Sea

Edited by the Centre for Gulf Studies University of Exeter
in association with Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service in Qatar  

Published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis), first issue in 2011

Aim and Scope

The Journal of Arabian Studies is the only journal focusing on the Arabian Peninsula, its surrounding waters, and their connections with the Western Indian Ocean (from West India to East Africa), from Antiquity to the present day. It covers a wide range of topics, in all disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities. It presents the results of new observations and original research, providing authoritative information in an accessible way to appeal to the general reader as well as the specialist. The Journal of Arabian Studies follows in the footsteps of Arabian Studies (University of Cambridge, 1974–1990) and New Arabian Studies (University of Exeter, 1994–2004), although it breaks new ground by incorporating social science subjects and extending the journal’s scope to the present day.


The Journal of Arabian Studies welcomes submissions in anthropology, archaeology, architecture, Arabic literature, archives, cultural studies, economics, ethnography, gender studies, geopolitics, history (ancient to modern), human geography, Indian Ocean studies, international relations, Islamic studies, linguistics, literature, material culture, maritime culture, media studies, migration studies, political economy, political Islam, political science, security studies, socio-linguistics, sociology, travel literature, and urban studies. Please note: while the journal regards archaeology as indispensable to our ongoing efforts to better understand the Peninsula's past, it asks that archaeologists avoid technical fieldwork detail and write for an audience beyond archaeology.

For submission details, see the JAS instructions for authors (56 kb pdf). The journal follows the same transliteration system as IJMES. Download the IJMES transliteration chart  (2.3 MB pdf).

The journal also publishes book reviews on the same subjects and asks publishers to send their books to the relevant book review editors. Please see the Book Reviews section below for details.


Editor: James Onley
Senior Lecturer in Middle Eastern History, University of Exeter. Dr Onley received his DPhil from Oxford (St Antony’s College) in 2001. He specializes in the history, society, and politics of the Gulf Arab states.

Associate Editor: Dionisius A. Agius
Al-Qasimi Professor of Arabic Studies and Islamic Material Culture, Centre for Gulf Studies, University of Exeter. Professor Agius received his PhD from the University of Toronto in 1984. He specializes in the history of seafaring and seafarers in the Gulf, Red Sea, and Indian Ocean; material culture in Arabia; and Arabic language and linguistics. He is General Editor and founder of Al-Masāq: Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean (Routledge).

Associate Editor: Gerd Nonneman
Dean of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Gulf Studies, University of Exeter.  He specializes in the politics, political economy, international relations, and foreign policy of the GCC states and Yemen. He is a past Executive Director of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies.

Managing Assistant Editor: N. Janardhan
Honorary Fellow, Centre for Gulf Studies, University of Exeter and Research Analysis, Dubai. Dr Janardhan received his PhD from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, in 2002. He specializes in the politics, political economy, and international relations of the GCC states.

Assistant Editor John P. Cooper
Lecturer in Arabic and Islamic Material Culture, Centre for Gulf Studies, University of Exeter. Dr Cooper completed his PhD at the University of Southampton’s Centre for Maritime Archaeology in 2008. He specializes in the maritime archaeology and history of the medieval Arab world, focusing on the Red Sea and Nile. He also works on the ethnography of contemporary boatbuilding. He combines this with a background in petroleum journalism.

Editorial Board

Sheila Carapico, University of Richmond (ethnography, socio-economic history, politics)
Rob Carter, Oxford Brookes (ancient and medieval history, archaeology)
Jill Crystal, Auburn University (politics, political economy, modern history)
Rasheed El-Enany, Centre for Gulf Studies, University of Exeter (Arabic literature)
Ulrike Freitag, Centre for Modern Oriental Studies, Berlin (modern history, Indian Ocean)
Nelida Fuccaro, SOAS (modern history, urban studies)
F. Gregory Gause, University of Vermont (politics, international relations)
Yves Gonzalez Quijano, University of Lyon 2, France (media studies)
Bernard Haykel, Princeton University (modern history, political Islam)
Frauke Heard-Bey, Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, UAE (modern history, sociology)
Clive Holes, University of Oxford (Arabic language & literature)
Lubna Al-Kazi, Kuwait University (gender studies, sociology)
Derek Kennet, University of Durham (archaeology, Indian Ocean)
Gilles Kepel, Sciences Po & Institut Universitaire de France (politics, international relations, political Islam)   
Sulayman Khalaf, Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, UAE (anthropology, migration)
Giacomo Luciani, Director, Gulf Research Center Foundation, Geneva (political economy, economics)
Barbara Michalak-Pikulska, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland (Arabic literature)
Hasan Al-Naboodah, UAE University (ancient and medieval history)
Baqer Al-Najjar, University of Bahrain (anthropology, sociology)
Ghanim Alnajjar, Kuwait University (politics)
Ian Netton, Centre for Gulf Studies, University of Exeter (Islamic studies, travel literature)
Tim Niblock, Centre for Gulf Studies, University of Exeter (politics, political economy, international relations)
Gwenn Okruhlik, Trinity University (politics, political economy, social anthropology, gender studies, migration)
A. K. Pasha, Director, Gulf Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (modern history, politics, Indian Ocean)
John E. Peterson, University of Arizona (modern history, politics)
D.T. Potts, University of Sydney, Australia (ancient and medieval history, archaeology)
Samia Rab, American University of Sharjah (architecture, urban studies)
Richard Schofield, King’s College, London (geopolitics, human geography)
Gary Sick, Director, Gulf2000, Columbia University (politics, international relations)
Gareth Stansfield, Centre for Gulf Studies, University of Exeter (politics, international relations)
Mary Ann Tetreault, Trinity University (politics, international relations, gender studies)
Marc Valeri, Centre for Gulf Studies, University of Exeter (politics, political economy)
Tom Vosmer, Government of Oman (maritime culture, archaeology)
Rodney Wilson, University of Durham (economics)
Eckart Woertz, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (economics)

Book Reviews

Book reviews are welcomed at the discretion of the Book Review Editors, with a suggested word limit of 1,000 words.

Your review should follow the house style in the JAS instructions for authors

Books for review and book reviews should be sent to:

Book Review Editor for the West (Americas, Europe):

Dr John P Cooper
Centre for Gulf Studies
Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies
University of Exeter
Exeter EX4 4ND
United Kingdom

Book Review Editor for the East (Middle East, Africa, Asia):