Welcome to the BISI

The British Institute for the Study of Iraq is a UK charity. We fund and carry out research and public education on Iraq and neighbouring countries. BISI’s academic coverage includes anthropology, archaeology, history, geography, language and other fields in the arts, humanities and social sciences, from the earliest times until the present.
Minaret of the Abu Dulaf Mosque, Samarra

Activities and Grants

BISI offers a range of grants for research projects and conferences. We fund and organise lectures, study days, and other public events in London, elsewhere in the UK, and Iraq. We also help to support, re-train, and re-equip the cultural heritage professionals of Iraq.

Books and Journals

BISI publishes the journal IRAQ and distributes The International Journal for Contemporary Iraqi Studies (IJCIS). We also publish books on the history, archaeology, and languages of Iraq, as well as an annual newsletter.

Membership and Donations

BISI welcomes new members from all walks of life, and donations large and small.

Job Vacancy - Visiting Iraqi Scholarship Co-ordinator

BISI is looking for a confident, self-motivated Co-ordinator to run our visiting scholars programme

Statement from the BISI Council on 23 June 2014

Issued in response to the current crisis in Iraq

Lecture with Dr Jane Moon on 'Back to Babylonia: recent excavations at Tell Khaiber'

Babylonia, now southern Iraq, has a special place in the history of civilization.