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BILNAS Monographs and Silphium Press

The British Institute for Libyan and Northern African Studies (BILNAS) publishes detailed reports on its fieldwork projects as part of its Monographs series which also includes conference volumes and academic research connected to Libya. Silphium Press is the popular imprint of the Institute dedicated to works of more general interest on Libya.

Found only in Cyrenaican Libya, Silphium was a plant that was used as a seasoning and medicine and was appreciated throughout the Mediterranean world from the seventh century BC to the first century AD when it became extinct, probably through overexploitation. The valuable product was the plant’s resin. Our logo is inspired by images of Silphium on the coins of Cyrene.

BILNAS also has a selection of old and new titles available in electronic format. See our Open Access eBooks here.

Non-members should order direct through our distributor: Oxbow Books
eBooks (other than Open Access) should also be ordered direct from Oxbow
Discounts are available to trade customers: please contact the General Secretary


Ordering from the Online Bookstore

Members may browse BILNAS publications (below) and order titles from both of our imprints at significantly discounted prices. When you have chosen the title or titles you wish to purchase, simply proceed to the online checkout, complete the short form with your personal details and place your order. The General Secretary will then contact you to advise you of the postage costs and the total amount due before taking payment.


The BILNAS Online Book Store (Members Only)