|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|
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. 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. 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.
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 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.
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