First Series

The first series of the Occasional Papers of the School of Abbasid Studies was an ‘in-house’ publication issued at St. Andrews University under the auspices of the then Director of the School, Dr. D.E.P. Jackson. Between 1990 and 1994 four issues were published, containing a selection of papers presented at the School’s conferences and seminars as well as guest-lectures.

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Second Series

After the revival of the School of Abbasid Studies in 2000, it was decided to resume publication of the Occasional Papers as well, now under the title Abbasid Studies. Occasional Papers of the School of Abbasid Studies. Volumes I and II have been published by Peeters, Leuven, and volume III appeared as a thematic issue of Oriens published by Brill, Leiden.

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Abbasid Studies IV

The very last of the Occasional Papers of the School of Abbasid Studies, Abbasid Studies IV (edited by Monique Bernards),was published by the Gibb Memorial Trust.

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Since July 2014, one can read up on the latest in Abbasid Studies in the Journal of Abbasid Studies (JAS) published by Brill, Leiden with two issues per year.

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Journal of Abbasid Studies

Now available: JAS 6

The Journal of Abbasid Studies (JAS) is a platform to discuss the political, cultural, social, economic, religious and intellectual life of the Abbasid Caliphate. The JAS 6 (2019) is now available.
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Join a round table!

Journal 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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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

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