Research in the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS) is divided into three disciplinary research clusters. Staff and postgraduate students (MA, MPhil and PhD students) are affiliated to one these clusters, sharing research findings and participating in seminars, lectures and research projects.
Middle East Humanities cluster
This research cluster brings together students and staff from a range of disciplines, including those who deploy literary, anthropological, historical, sociological and archaeological approaches to the study of the Middle East.
Middle East Social Sciences cluster
Studying the Middle East using primarily the tools of political science and international relations, this grouping examines social and politics movements in the Middle East and North Africa.
Islamic Studies cluster
The Islamic studies group includes postgraduate students and staff brought together by a common fascination with the theological, ethical and legal traditions of Islam. Its activities are linked with the Centre for the Study of Islam.