School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) London

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  • About SOAS, Uni­ver­sity of London

    SOAS, Uni­ver­sity of Lon­don is the only Higher Edu­ca­tion insti­tu­tion in Europe spe­cial­is­ing in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Mid­dle East.

    SOAS is a remark­able insti­tu­tion. Uniquely com­bin­ing lan­guage schol­ar­ship, dis­ci­pli­nary exper­tise and regional focus, it has the largest con­cen­tra­tion in Europe of aca­d­e­mic staff con­cerned with Africa, Asia and the Mid­dle East.

    On the one hand, this means that SOAS schol­ars grap­ple with press­ing issues — democ­racy, devel­op­ment, human rights, iden­tity, legal sys­tems, poverty, reli­gion, social change – con­fronting two-​thirds of humankind while at the same time remain­ing guardians of spe­cialised knowl­edge in lan­guages and peri­ods and regions not avail­able any­where else in the UK.

    This makes SOAS syn­ony­mous with intel­lec­tual enquiry and achieve­ment. It is a global aca­d­e­mic base and a cru­cial resource for Lon­don. We live in a world of shrink­ing bor­ders and of eco­nomic and tech­no­log­i­cal simul­tane­ity. Yet it is also a world in which dif­fer­ence and region­al­ism present them­selves acutely. It is a world that SOAS is dis­tinc­tively posi­tioned to analyse, under­stand and explain.

    Our aca­d­e­mic focus on the lan­guages, cul­tures and soci­eties of Africa, Asia and the Mid­dle East makes us an indis­pens­able inter­preter in a com­plex world.


    Mar­ket­ing and Stu­dent Recruit­ment is respon­si­ble for the pro­duc­tion of a wide vari­ety non-​academic pub­li­ca­tions, and the Research and Enter­prise Office is respon­si­ble for pro­duc­ing schol­arly inter­na­tional journals.

    Under the SOAS imprint, the School has pub­lished many aca­d­e­mic books and mono­graphs; cur­rent research by SOAS aca­d­e­mics; inau­gural lec­tures; work­ing papers; and also the pub­li­ca­tions of the Per­ci­val David Foun­da­tion and the Cor­pus Inscrip­tionum Iranicarum.

    The School also pro­duces The Bul­letin of the School of Ori­en­tal and African Stud­ies; the China Quar­terly; and The Jour­nal of African Law.

    Non-​academic pub­li­ca­tions include the Under­grad­u­ate and Post­grad­u­ate Prospec­tuses; the Annual Report; the School Cal­en­dar; the Stu­dent Hand­books; the termly Events brochure; plus an exten­sive array of leaflets, posters and pub­lic­ity mate­ri­als to help to pro­mote the diverse range of con­fer­ences, con­certs, lec­tures, and other activ­i­ties reg­u­larly occur­ring within the School.

    Aca­d­e­mic Publications

    Our Research

    SOAS, Uni­ver­sity of Lon­don is the world’s lead­ing insti­tu­tion for the study of Asia, Africa and the Mid­dle East. Our research exper­tise in lan­guages, polit­i­cal and social sci­ences, arts and human­i­ties pro­vides the resources and knowl­edge to equip peo­ple for a global econ­omy and a mul­ti­cul­tural world.

    Cur­rent research projects

    SOAS researchers employ unique per­spec­tives and col­lab­o­ra­tive approaches; dis­tinc­tive regional focus and global rel­e­vance are the hall­marks of our research. More infor­ma­tion on cur­rent research projects at SOAS.

    Research themes

    SOAS researchers engage with con­tem­po­rary issues; their unri­valled exper­tise in the lan­guages, cul­tures and his­to­ries of the civil­i­sa­tions of SOAS regions helps to inter­pret a com­plex world.


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