BILNAS Publications

Publications are at the heart of the BILNAS (formerly Society for Libyan Studies) research endeavour and provide an invaluable and lasting record of our commitment to furthering our knowledge of the history, environment and cultural heritage of Libya and the broader North African region. The Institute produces a variety of books and online publications, as well as the official BILNAS Journal, Libyan Studies.


If you would like to submit a book for one of our series or an online publication please look at the Notes for Authors (Stylesheet) document and fill in the Publications Proposal Form.

And return to the Publications Manager, Dr Victoria Leitch: [email protected]

Libyan Studies Journal

Libyan Studies is the annual journal of record of the British Institute for Libyan and Northern African Studies, published in November each year, and online through First View. Contributions are peer-reviewed and cover a broad range of subjects, including archaeology, ancient and Islamic history, geology, geography and social sciences. The articles will appeal to readers with an interest in the Middle East and Mediterranean worlds, as well as North Africa.

Society Monographs

BILNAS has, since 1977, produced high-quality monographs based on research in and around Libya. Many of these publications centre on excavations but also include conference proceedings. Members can order these books at special rates from this website; non-members can order through our distributor, Oxbow Books. Some of these titles are now available as Open Access publications. If you are interested in submitting a book, please refer to our Publication Proposal Guidelines.

Silphium Press

Silphium Press is the more popular imprint of the publications of BILNAS. Books on this list will appeal to a wider audience with a more general interest in Libya and North Africa. Members can order these books at special rates from this website, and non-members can order through our distributor Oxbow. If you are interested in submitting a book, please see our Publication Proposal Guidelines.

CUP Monographs

This new series of books is a result of a highly successful co-publication arrangement with Cambridge University Press. Titles are listed on the CUP Monographs page and can be ordered through Cambridge University Press.

Sponsored Monographs

BILNAS sometimes contributes to the cost of books published by other publishers, when they fit within their remit. If you have a proposal, in the first instance please contact the Publications Manager: [email protected]

Arabic Publications

As well as publishing and disseminating work on Libya and North Africa, BILNAS is also committed to reaching the wider public in North Africa itself, to promote learning and education about their own cultural heritage. We began with a translation of Philip Kenrick’s Tripolitania guidebook, which has been printed and distributed free to North Africa educational institutions. In addition, an article from the Libyan Studies Journal was translated. These and other publications are now available as free downloads on the Arabic Publications page. We hope to increase the number of Arabic translations in future, so watch this space!

Open Access eBooks

BILNAS, always keen to modernise its methods for the dissemination of its research, has launched an Open Access list of titles. The backlist is in the process of being digitised and a number of books are already available.

BILNAS is also starting an Open Access list for new publications, we welcome edited volumes and conference volumes in particular. Please contact the Publications Manager in the first instance if you have a proposal for this series, and read the information in our Publication Proposal Guidelines.