Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies


Discover why Edinburgh is UK and internationally recognised as a leading institution for studying Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies


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Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies was established in 1980 through an amalgamation of the old Departments of Arabic, Turkish and Persian (established in 1912, 1950 and 1951 respectively).

Facilities and resources

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Students and staff have access to a variety of library and information resources, including a library housed within 19 George Square.

Affiliated Centres

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These affiliated centres work closely with IMES in coordinating research, teaching and special events. Each of these centres also conducts outreach and knowledge transfer activities.

How to find us

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IMES is located at 19 George Square, on the square's north-west side (approximately 10 minutes walk from the centre of Edinburgh).

Contact us

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If you have any queries, please phone, email or come and find us in 19 George Square

PhD Graduates 1981-2001

Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies was formally established at the University of Edinburgh in 1981 and has been graduating PhD students across a wide variety of of topics since then.