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The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (popularly known as BRISMES) was established in 1973 to encourage and promote the study of the Middle East in the United Kingdom.

The Society brings together teachers, researchers, students, diplomats, journalists and others who deal professionally with the Middle East. Membership is open to all the above, regardless of nationality - indeed regardless of where in the world you are based.


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  • To sustain and promote in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland world class research into the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) across a wide range of disciplines, including languages, culture, history, contemporary politics and economics; and to maintain the highest level of expertise provided by the institutions' professionals; and

  • To secure a continuous and reliable flow of government funding in the United Kingdom consistent with achieving this aim.  To read full Mission Statement, please click here



Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the Middle East. Simply complete the membership application form and send it to the Administrative Office. Join Now.

You can also like BRISMES on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for updates on our latest news! Our student section also shares updates.


Database of Expertise

Our database is now online! Sign up and search here.


40th Anniversary publication

Last year saw the 40th Anniversary of the Society.  To read our 40th Anniversary publication, please click here