"We are committed to ensuring that Exeter remains one of the premier universities in the UK at which to study the Arabic language and Middle East Studies, and we will be pleased to have your help, in coming years, in maintaining and enhancing that reputation."

Professor Christine Robins (formerly Allison)
Institute Director

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About us

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. 


  • 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



  • 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.