I.B. Tauris

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I.B. Tauris
File:IBTauris logo.jpg
Status Active
Founded 1983
Founder Iradj Bagherzade
Country of origin United Kingdom
Distribution Macmillan Publishers/Palgrave Macmillan
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 www.ibtauris.com

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.

The publisher now specialises in non-fiction books on history; politics and International Relations; the Middle East and Islamic world generally; religion; geography and environment; 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 that concentrates on travel writing, popular history and biography.

In May 2011 the company acquired the fine arts publisher Philip Wilson Publishers after handling its sales, marketing, and distribution for several years.[4]

In June 2013, the company announced a linkup with the American University in Cairo Press (AUCP) under which it would distribute all AUCP publications worldwide outside USA and Egypt and would also embark on a series of international co-publications. This move was reportedly in line with an I.B.Tauris strategy to be the dominant player in international Middle East Studies publishing.[5]


  1. Zeitchik, Steven (7 January 2002). "Mideast Studies House Hits Its Stride". Publishers Weekly. Reed Business Information. Archived from the original on 2008-07-24. Retrieved 23 September 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Bagherzade, Iradj; The Book Depository. "Publisher of the week—IB Tauris". Retrieved 23 September 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. McDonnell, Jonathan (6 October 2004). "Hardlines in the headlines". The Bookseller. Retrieved 23 September 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Page, Benedicte (9 May 2011). "I B Tauris buys PWP". The Bookseller. Retrieved 17 June 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Bookseller Staff (26 June 2013). "I B Tauris links with AUCP". The Bookseller. Retrieved 4 June 2013.

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