Journal of Afghanistan Studies

The American Institute of Afghanistan Studies is launching an academic journal, provisionally called, Afghanistan: The Journal of the American Institute of Afghanistan Studies. This will be a refereed journal published annually, presenting articles on history, art, archaeology, architecture, numismatics, literature, and religion for Islamic and pre-Islamic 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 Dr. Shivan Mahendrarajah, FRGS. He was educated at Columbia University and the University of Cambridge. He is writing a monograph on medieval Persia under the Mongols, titled, Herat: A History, from Chingiz Khan to Tamerlane.

Edinburgh University Press has approved AIAS’s proposal. AIAS will publish two issues per annum of its journal, “Afghanistan” beginning in 2018. A timetable for publication is currently under discussion. Please note that we are not at present accepting article submissions. Please contact Shivan Mahendrarajah ( with questions regarding the journal. Further updates will follow.