Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies


Research projects, centres, networks and publications in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES).

Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES) at the University of Edinburgh is recognised internationally as a leading institution for research on the Middle East and the wider Islamic world.

In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021), our research was submitted in the categories of Modern Languages, Politics, Sociology, History and Theology.

The results reaffirm Edinburgh’s position as one of the UK’s leading research universities - fourth in the UK based on the quality and breadth of its research according to Times Higher Education's REF power ratings.

Browse Edinburgh Research Explorer for staff profiles, research outputs and activities

Selected research centres and networks

Research centres and networks range from formal collaborations to informal groups of researchers working together on a theme or challenge.

A number are based in - or are affiliated with - IMES; others are based elsewhere in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC), the University of Edinburgh, or the wider academic community, but involve our staff and students.

The groups provide opportunities for researchers at all career stages to work together with partners and stakeholders in organising events, workshopping publications, engaging audiences outside the academy, and exploring ideas for future projects and funding bids.

Here are just a few of our current groups, and significant networks that are no longer live but have left a legacy of networking and collaboration...

Selected research projects 

Research supervision

We offer a one-year MSc by Research programme and a full PhD programme in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES).

We supervise research in a wide range of specialist and interdisciplinary areas, from diaspora studies, and Islamic history, to the Persian, Arabic and Turkish languages, and the politics of the modern Middle East.