Welcome to the School of Abbasid Studies

The School of Abbasid Studies was originally founded by the late Dr. D.E.P. Jackson and the late Professor J.N. Mattock in the early eighties and was based at the University of St Andrews. After some ten years in abeyance, the School was revived by Hugh Kennedy, James Montgomery, John Nawas and Monique Bernards. Since 2010, Shawkat Toorawa is also member of the School’s board of directors.

Our mission

The School of Abbasid Studies (SAS) is intended to provide a forum for the discussion of the political, cultural, social, economic, religious and intellectual life of the Abbasid Caliphate from c.700 – c.1250 C.E., a time span approximately bounded by the formative period of early Islam and the invasion of the Mongols. (The Fatimid Caliphate and al-Andalus will only be covered tangentially.) The aim of the School is to bring together scholars working on the Abbasid world but in disciplines which would rarely “talk” together – working towards a holistic contemplation of the Abbasid world.


The School holds biennial meetings hosted by the Universities of its directors or one of its members. Since 1992, thirteen conferences have been held at the universities of St Andrews, Cambridge, Leuven, Exeter, and Istanbul. The most recent, thirteenth conference was hosted by Petra Sijpesteijn at Leiden University, The Netherlands, July 12 – July 15, 2016.

Send in your submission for JAS

The editors of JAS invite submissions from established and early career scholars. For more information, please email Dr. Monique Bernards at JAS@abbasidstudies.org.
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Join a round table!

Round tablesJournal of Abbasid Studies Round Tables provide the opportunity for participants to move outside their areas of specific expertise and challenge established approaches within their field.
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Coming soon: JAS 5

Journal of Abbasid StudiesThe JAS 5 Special Issue on ‘Abd al-Qāhir al-Jurjānī will be available soon. Read more about JAS»