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.
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.
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.
- Championing the human rights of displaced people
- Promoting cultural understanding through arts
- Pioneering the study of African history
- Tackling complex problems in international development — SOAS and the London International Development Centre (LIDC)