Journal of Afghanistan Studies

The American Institute of Afghanistan Studies has launched an academic journal, Afghanistan: The Journal of the American Institute of Afghanistan Studies. It is published by Edinburgh University Press. This is a refereed journal and will appear each Spring and Autumn beginning in 2018. The inaugural issue is now online. The journal covers all subjects in the humanities including history, art, archaeology, architecture, geography, numismatics, literature, religion, social sciences and contemporary issues from the pre-Islamic and Islamic periods. Articles are not restricted to the present borders of Afghanistan, and can include the surrounding regions, but must relate to Afghanistan.

The Editor-in Chief is Warwick Ball, FSA, a distinguished archaeologist with a long field and academic record in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Libya, and Ethiopia. Ball’s publications include the Archaeological Gazetteer of Afghanistan (1982), Excavations at Kandahar (1996), and Monuments of Afghanistan (2008).

The Managing Editor is Shivan Mahendrarajah. He was educated at Columbia University and the University of Cambridge. He recently completed a monograph, a history of the 900 year old shrine of Ahmad-i Jam in Iran (details forthcoming); and is presently writing a history of Herat and eastern Khurasan under the Ilkhans and Karts. He is a Research Fellow at the University of St. Andrews.

We encourage article pitches and submissions, but please read the journal’s submission guidelines. Please contact Shivan Mahendrarajah ( with questions.