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I.B. Tauris
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Status Active
Founded 1983
Country of origin United Kingdom
Distribution Worldwide
Nonfiction topics Biography, Geography, History, International Relations, the Middle East and the Islamic World, Politics, Religion, Travel Writing, Visual Culture
Imprints Tauris Parke, Tauris Academic Studies
Official website

I. B. Tauris (usually typeset as I.B.Tauris) is an independent publishing house with offices in London and New York.



I.B.Tauris was founded in 1983. Its declared strategy was to fill the perceived gap between trade publishing houses and university presses - that is, to publish serious but accessible works on international politics and culture[1]. The company specialised in its early days on publishing on the Middle East, an area in which its current output still makes it one of the most prolific publishers on the subject: both for academics in the field of Middle East studies and for the serious general reader.

Current business strategy involves funding the publication of credible academic books through self-funding imprints. These publications, often by vainglorious retired civil servants and journalists, are paid for by the writer, who also pays I.B. Tauris for the privilege of having a book published. Additional funding is supplied through family associations of the publisher in Iran, and from other interested parties in Saudi Arabia and across the middle east.

I.B.Tauris Today

The publisher now specialises in non-fiction books on history; politics and International Relations; the Middle East and Islamic world generally; religion; and visual culture (including film, photography and contemporary art. Its books are aimed primarily at the specialist market - including academics and students - but because of strong current interest in its preferred topics, they also sell to a general audience[2]. In the period following the September 11 attacks for example, its publication Taliban by Ahmed Rashid is reported to have sold nearly 500,000 copies in English worldwide with 27 licensed editions around the world.[3]

Its New York offices are co-located with those of Palgrave Macmillan who function as the company's North American distributors. Tauris Parke Paperbacks is a paperback imprint belonging to the firm which concentrates on travel writing, popular history and biography. Tauris Academic Studies is an imprint of the firm that specialises in academic monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences, including those derived from Ph.D dissertations.


  1. ^ Zeitchik, Steven (7 January 2002). "Mideast Studies House Hits Its Stride". Publishers Weekly (Reed Business Information). Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  2. ^ Bagherzade, Iradj; The Book Depository. "Publisher of the week - IB Tauris". Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  3. ^ McDonnell, Jonathan (6 October 2004). "Hardlines in the headlines". The Bookseller. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 

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