About LUP

‘We are committed to providing readers with books that offer reliable expertise, inspire and encourage informed debate.’

Leiden University Press (LUP) is a prominent academic publisher, pivotal in the global dissemination of scholary knowledge and research. LUP publishes books catering to both Dutch and international scholars and students, emphasising an international perspective by showcasing works from authors worldwide. LUP extends its reach beyond academic publications and textbooks to encompass books with broad societal or cultural significance, appealing to a general readership.

While LUP’s primary focus lies in publishing books within the humanities and social sciences, the press remains open to interdisciplinary research, producing titles that traverse diverse academic disciplines and approaches. Concentrating on various field, including History (with a focus on Military, Dutch, Global, and Environmental history), literature, Middle Eastern and Islamic studies, Asian studies, and security and conflict studies, LUP maintains a diverse and comprehensive publishing portfolio. The press boasts several successful academic books series, each overseen by international editorial boards, facilitating the presentation of high-quality work from different fields under themes like ‘Global Connections: Routes and Roots’, ‘Middle East Environmental Histories’, ‘Media, Art, Politics’, and ‘Debates on Islam and Society’. 

Comprising scholars from various disciplines, the LUP editorial board provides valuable guidance to the publisher on the publication program, offering insights on titles outside the established series. LUP remains committed to academic excellence, upholding stringent peer-review procedures to ensure the high quality of its publications. The editorial board serves as an essential advisory body, contributing to the refinement of the publisher’s program and providing counsel on titles that may not align with existing series. More information for authors> 

Leiden imprints:

Academic books


Leiden Publications

Leiden University Press publishes high-quality academic books and journals within its imprint LUP Academic. See titles »

LUP textbooks are peer-reviewed learning, and teaching resources for higher education originated by academics. See titles »

Leiden Publications consists of books for a general audience – regional publications related to the research and history of the University and publications in cooperation with cultural institutions and museums in Leiden. See titles »

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