For over 30 years the Seminar for Arabian Studies has been the only annual international forum for the presentation of the latest academic research in the humanities on the Arabian Peninsula.
Each year, for three days in July, more than 180 people from across the globe gather at the British Museum to debate the latest research on the region. Up to 50 papers are presented on subjects ranging from archaeology, epigraphy and ethnography, to language, history and art, and from the earliest times to present day. Among them is the keynote MBI Al Jaber Lecture, so named in honour of our founder and the support we’ve given, every year, for more than a decade. In 2009 this included the donation of the entire collection of Seminar Proceedings to Saudi Arabia’s King Fahad National Library, providing an indispensable resource for scholars and students alike. Admission to the MBI Al Jaber lecture is free but with such high demand space is limited.