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IRAQ: The BISI Journal

IRAQ is an academic periodical founded in 1934 and appearing annually. It publishes articles on the history, art, archaeology, religion, economic and social life of Iraq and, to a lesser degree, of the neighbouring countries where they relate to it, from the earliest times to about AD 1750.

IRAQ has been a vehicle especially for the art and archaeology of Mesopotamia and for Assyriology. The British Institute for the Study of Iraq has wider interests than its predecessor, the British School of Archaeology in Iraq. Consequently, the editorial board is keen to solicit articles from a greater range of academic fields. We welcome contributions on, for example, aspects of early Islamic, medieval and early Ottoman Iraq.  IRAQ is published by Cambridge University Press.


Current Issue

Iraq 77 LXXVIII (2016)


pp.1-2 Obituary: Jeffery Orchard (1931-2015)
pp. 3-24 Odette Boivin: Accounting for Livestock: Principles of Palatial Administration in Sealand I Babylonia
pp. 25-48 Benjamin Garstad: Nebuchadnezzar and Alexander in the Excerpta Latina Barbari
pp. 49-78 Stephanie M. Langin-Hooper: Seleucid-Parthian Figurines from Babylon in the Nippur Collection: Implications of Misattribution and Re-evaluating the Corpus
pp. 79-102 Michal Marciak and Robert S. Wójcikowski: Images of Kings of Adiabene: Numismatic and Sculptural Evidence
pp. 103-136 Olivier Nieuwenhuyse, Takahiro Odaka, Akemi Kaneda, Simone Mühl, Kamal Rasheed and Mark Altaweel: Revisiting Tell Begum. A Prehistoric Site in the Shahrizor Plain, Iraqi Kurdistan
pp. 137-158 Saba Sami Al-Ali and Nawar Sami Al-Ali: Images of Round Baghdad: An Analysis of Reconstrictions by Architectural Historians
pp. 159-174 Adam W. Schneider and Selim F. Adali: Further Evidence for a “Late Assyrian Dry Phase” in the Near East during the Mid-to-Late Seventh Century B.C.?
pp. 175-214 Anna Smogorzewska: The Final Stage of Ninevite 5 Pottery: Morphological Types, Technology, and Diachronic Analysis from Tell Arbid (North-East Syria)
pp. 215-240 Ariane Thomas: The Faded Splendour of Lagashite Princesses: A Restored Statuette from Tello and the Depiction of Court Women in the Neo-Sumerian Kingdom of Lagash
pp. 241-252 Michael P. Streck and Nathan Wasserman: On Wolves and Kings: Two Tablets with Akkadian Wisdom Texts from the Second Millennium B.C.
pp. 253-84 David Wengrow, Robert Carter, Gareth Brereton, Mary Shepperson, Sami Jamil Hamarashi, Saber Ahmed Saber, Andrew Bevan, Dorian Fuller, Helen Himmelman, Hanna Sosnowska and Lara Gonzalez Carretero: Gurga Chiya and Tepe Marani: New Excavations in the Shahrizor Plain, Iraqi Kurdistan
pp. 285-286 Mark Altaweel: Some Recent and Current Archaeology in Iraq

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In order to subscribe to the journal IRAQ, you must become a member of BISI. Subscribing members can also access the complete online archive of IRAQ through Cambridge Journals Online

Back numbers of IRAQ 1-50 (I-L), inclusive of supplements and index volumes, are available from the Periodicals Service Company and Schmidt Periodicals GmbH and a full set of IRAQ can be obtained from PSC. Email: [email protected] and [email protected]


From February 2017 IRAQ is managed by a single Editor-in-Chief and an Editorial Board based around BISI’s Publications Committee. The Editorial Board meets twice a year to oversee and advise the work of the Editor-in-Chief, and reports to the Institute’s Council.

Editorial Board Members

Under the direction of the Editorial Board, all contributions to the journal are peer-reviewed anonymously by members of the board and by selected experts.

If you wish to submit an article to be considered for publication in IRAQ, please follow the Instructions for Contributors on the Cambridge University Press Website.