Past events in the Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies

All forthcoming events within the Institute can be found here.

Audio/Video recordings from previous events and talks can be found here.

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10 - 11 July 20179:00

2017 Exeter Gulf Conference - "Hegemonic Boundaries and Asymmetric Power in the Gulf"

In recent decades, scholarship on the Middle East has benefited from a dynamic approach to the relationship between identities and boundaries. The post-structural turn encouraged us to think beyond bounded communities to reveal the interconnections, exchanges and forms of relationality that cross and contest perceived cultural and national boundaries. More recently, the Arab revolutions brought our attention to discourses of liberation throughout the region along with collective challenges to hegemonic power and hopes for new moral communities. Full details
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26 June 201718:15

"Return to Kurdistan" by Richard Wilding

Return to Kurdistan shows Iraqi Kurdistan and Northern Iraq in contemporary photographs by Richard Wilding, alongside historical photographs by Anthony Kersting. Full details
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26 - 28 June 20179:00

Kurdish Futures In and Outside of Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Iran: Fresh Hopes or New Tragedies?

Following the success of the last two previous Kurdish studies conferences here in 2012 and 2015 at the University of Exeter Centre for Kurdish Studies, our next conference event will be held over 2.5 days: 26th – 28th June 2017. The theme for this event will be: Kurdish Futures In and Outside of Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Iran: Fresh Hopes or New Tragedies? Venue: Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, Stocker Rd, Exeter, EX4 4ND Further details: http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/iais/research/centres/kurdish/newsandevents/conferences/ or contact z.humble@exeter.ac.uk - Ms Zoe Humble Full details
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2 June 201715:30

"Voice of the Ocean" Film Documentary

This film provides an historical narrative of Oman's maritime past from the Bronze Age to present. It examines its rich boatbuilding tradition that developed in Oman, and the different types of dhows that were used. Perhaps most importantly, it documents Oman's participation in the dhow trade in the western Indian Ocean through the voices of those that lived through it. It weaves interviews with the older generation of Omani sailors, fishermen and boatbuilders, with actual footage of dhows sailing in the mid-twentieth century. This invaluable historic footage taken by Alan Villiers and others has never been shown before on film, and provides new and unique visual sources to bring this history to life. Full details
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1 June - 1 September 2017

"Return to Kurdistan" by Richard Wilding

Return to Kurdistan shows Iraqi Kurdistan and Northern Iraq in contemporary photographs by Richard Wilding, alongside historical photographs by Anthony Kersting. Full details
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24 - 25 May 20179:00

IAIS Postgraduate Conference 2017 - "Conflict, Borders and Contested Space"

Within the context of conflicts in the Middle East which challenge historical borders, the growth of militarised borders in Europe and the US, and the increasing securitisation of migration and the ‘refugee crisis’, the need to understand spatial articulations of conflict has become increasingly critical. In this time of a securitisation of civil space and the militarisation of borders, this conference seeks to explore changing formations of conflict, contestation and dissent, as well as their implications for contemporary academia. Full details
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29 March 201717:15

Visiting Speaker - Dr Lisa Wynn

Using an ethnographic case study of intimate violence, this paper examines the link between love and desire, pain and violence, kinship and gender roles, and uses that as a springboard for examining a dilemma of representation: when ethnography is always political, how can we write about, and write against, gender violence in the Middle East? Full details
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22 March 201717:15

Visiting Speaker - Professor Hugh Kennedy, SOAS, University of London

In this talk I will discuss the problems and opportunities offered in writing a history of the idea of caliphate from the time of the death of Prophet Muhammad down to the present century. Full details
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15 March 201717:15

Visiting Speaker - Dr Ramon Harvey, Ebrahim College

The centrality of theological and ethical questions for the articulation of Islamic jurisprudence is well-known. A meaningful systematic account of the sharīʿa cannot be given without enquiry into the nature of God and of morality, as well as their relation to the obligations placed upon human beings. Full details
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8 March 201717:15

Film Presentation

Introduced by Dr Istvan Kristo-Nagy, IAIS, University of Exeter and Associate Producer of the Film Full details
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3 March 201711:30

A Barrister's perspective on working with tribal communities

Gordon Bennett is a human rights lawyer who works closely with Survival International. He recently published an article in the Guardian on the rights of tribal people to hunt. In this talk, Gordon will reflect on his work as a barrister and how his role interacts with other agencies involved in supporting the human rights of indigenous people. This event is designed to give you a flavour of some of the roles and activities involved in working in human rights with indiginous communities. Students from all disciplines are welcome to come and hear Gordon speak and discuss issues of tribal human rights. Full details
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23 February - 12 May 201716:00

A Tale of Two Rivers: The Lower Wye and the Nubian Nile

The exhibition reflects on how the people of each river valley are dealing with threats to their environment and how they are protecting these outstanding sites of natural beauty and cultural importance. Full details
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23 February 201716:00

Opening of A Tale of Two Rivers: The Lower Wye and the Nubian Nile

The exhibition reflects on how the people of each river valley are dealing with threats to their environment and how they are protecting these outstanding sites of natural beauty and cultural importance. Full details
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17 February 201715:00

The Refugee Crisis in the Modern World, UNHCR External Relations

Andrej Mahecic is UNHCR spokesman based in London. Formerly a radio and TV journalist, he joined the UNHCR in 1997 and has been working for the UN refugee agency throughout South East Europe, at UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva and in numerous emergency deployments to refugee crises in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Andrej will give a formal module presentation on the Refugee Crisis in the modern world, covering forced displacement. Andrej will also speak about his own personal career journey and the field of external relations. The talk will also cover the broader work of the UNHCR and give tips on career opportunities for graduates. Full details
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15 February 201717:15

Visiting Speaker - Dr Ross Porter, IAIS

This lecture will present that findings of long-term ethnographic fieldwork at the heart of the recent revolution in Yemen, tracing the history of the event from 2011 to the current civil war. Full details
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13 - 17 February 201710:30

SSIS Careers Week 13th - 17th February 2017

If you are in Politics, International Relations, Law, Sociology, Anthropology, Criminology, Philosophy or Arabic & Islamic Studies, you will find the SSIS Careers Week events and drop-ins designed to help at all stages of your career planning. Full details
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9 February 201718:30

The British School in Kuwait on teaching opportunities in the Middle East

Mr Paul Shropshire, the Principal of the British School of Kuwait (BSK), will be giving a presentation on the theme of opportunities for newly-qualifying teachers and those considering teaching as a career at British-system school overseas, particularly in the Middle East. Full details
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8 February 201717:15

Visiting Speaker - Professor Christian Lange, Utrecht University

In this talk, I provide, first, an overview of the Muslim literature about paradise and hell up to ca. 250 AH. Full details
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1 February 201717:15

Visiting Speaker - Dr Asghar Seyed-Gohrab, Department of Persian, University of Leiden

In this lecture, I will talk about the romance of Layla and Majnun, which has become a source of inspiration for generations of poets since the seventh century, crossing the boundaries of languages, cultures and religions. Full details
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25 January 201717:30

Visiting Speaker - Dr Michael Feener, Sultan of Oman Fellow, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, University of Oxford

This paper explores a diverse range of historic Muslim experiences with and appreciations of pre-Islamic cultural legacies. Full details
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20 January 201714:00

ESRC SWDTP Studentships Info Day

An afternoon to experience and learn more about what Social Sciences and International Studies Postgraduate Research in Exeter can offer. Full details
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19 January 201717:45

Visiting Speaker - Dr Toufic Haddad,

In Palestine Ltd., Toufic Haddad explores how neoliberal frameworks have shaped and informed the common understandings of international, Israeli and Palestinian interactions throughout the Oslo peace process. Full details
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18 January 201717:15

Visiting Speaker - Kawa Hassan, Director Middle East & North Africa Program, East West Institute, Brussels

After almost a decade of boom from 2005 to 2013 thanks to its share of the federal budget, foreign and domestic investment, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) faces its most severe economic crisis since 1991. Full details
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11 January 201717:15

Visiting Speaker - Dr Cengiz Gunes, The Open University

This paper examines the Kurds’ rise as new regional actors in the Middle East and the impact this is having on the regional order. Full details
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7 December 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Assoc Prof Abdel Takriti, University of Houston

Abdel Razzaq Takriti is Associate Professor and Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History at the University of Houston. Full details
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30 November 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Avigail Abarbanel, Fully Human Psychotherapy

The theory Avigail will discuss has special relevance to understanding the relationship between the individual and the group in general and particularly in the Zionist and Israeli context. Full details
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29 November 201618:00

Visiting Speaker - Dr Khalil al-Anani, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies

This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt since 1981 and unpacks the principal factors that shape the Brotherhood’s identity, organisation and activism, investigating the processes of socialisation, indoctrination, recruitment, identification, networking and mobilisation utilised by the movement. Prof al-Anani argues that the Brotherhood is not merely a political actor seeking power but also an identity maker that aims to change societal values, norms and morals to line up with its ideology and worldview. The author attributes the Brotherhood’s longevity to its tight-knit structure coupled with a complex membership system that has helped them resist regime penetration. The book also explores the divisions and differences within the movement and how these affect its strategy and decisions. The culmination of over a decade of research and interviews with leaders and members of the movement, this book challenges the dominant narratives about Islamists and Islamism as a whole. Full details
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26 November 20169:30

2016 African Archaeology Research Day (AARD)

The Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS) at the University of Exeter will host the 2016 African Archaeology Research Day (AARD 2016) meeting on Saturday, 26 November. Full details
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24 November 201613:00

The politics of economic reform in Saudi Arabia and the Arab Gulf - can the 'Visions’ become reality?

This keynote puts the attempts by Arab Gulf States and Iran to launch large-scale development programs into historical and comparative context. Strategic ‘visions’ have been a hallmark of regional policymaking for more than two decades but persistent difficulties in implementation have meant that the plans have fallen far short of intended outcomes. By focusing on the practical and political challenges of technocratic and economic reforms, using specific examples to illustrate broader thematic points, this address analyses what the current generation of officials need to do differently in order to secure more favourable and sustainable results. Although the prolonged fall in oil prices has opened a ‘window of opportunity’ to introduce politically and economically sensitive reforms, the urgency of the fiscal pressures on budgets on both sides of the Gulf means there is little margin for error, and it is vital that decision-makers absorb the lessons from the flawed earlier attempts at reform that did not adequately link their economic and political dimensions. The urgency of the fiscal pressures that face Middle Eastern oil producing states means that policymakers no longer have the luxury of the slow pace of incremental change that has characterized previous episodes of reform in GCC states. Public talk, all welcome. Full details
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23 November 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Dr Humeyra Iqtidar, King's College, University of London

Dr Iqtidar is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the Department of Political Economy at King's College London. She is the author of "Secularising Islamists?" (Chicago, 2011) and the co-convenor of London Comparative Political Theory Workshop. She led the ERC funded project "Tolerance in Contemparory Islamic Politics: Political Theory Beyond the West." Full details
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9 November 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Stephen Griffith

When he became Anglican Chaplain in Syria in 1997, Stephen was asked to report to the British Council of Churches on the condition of the Syrian Orthodox Community in the Turabdin area of south east Turkey where there had been a drop of population over 20 years of about 90%. He continued covering the area after he left Syria in 2002, and was instrumental in forming the Tur Abdin Focus Group which lobbied for protection for the community until 2015. Set in an overwhelmingly Kurdish context, the Syriac Christians of Turabdin have complex relations with the majority, and often find themselves under pressure from the Turkish government and various Kurdish factions. This lecture talks about the community, its dynamics and relationships as well as its astonishing survival. Full details
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2 November 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Dr Roderick Grierson, Rumi Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus

The culture of the Ottoman Empire has been described as a culture created by the Mevlevi, the Sufi order founded to preserve and nurture the teachings of the mystical poet Mevlana Jalal al-Din Rumi. The lecture will explore the validity of the claim, describing the origin of the order in Konya after the death of Rumi in 1273 and considering the reasons why it was able to rise to such prominence in a highly competitive milieu, especially in Istanbul. Full details
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18 October 201615:30

Working in the Middle East: FULLY BOOKED

We are delighted to be welcoming back two alumni, Andrew Turner and Daniel Jeffery, who will be discussing working in the Middle East. Both have extensive experience of the Arab world and have followed interesting career paths working in a range of sectors including government, defence and security. Their roles have seen them working in several different countries across the MENA region. If you are interested in developing your own career working in the Middle East, then come along to hear from our speakers and ask any questions during the Q&A session. Our speakers: Andrew Turner (LL.B. European, 1986) Andrew joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) as a graduate entrant on graduation from Exeter. He studied Arabic with the FCO in London and Cairo, before working as a Political officer in Oman and Syria. On return to London he headed up the teams in maritime issues including Law of the Sea (1994-96) and North Africa (1996-98). He worked in Cape Town 1998-2001 as Head of the Political Section at the British High Commission in South Africa, covering events including South Africa’s second democratic national elections and the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting. Back in London he headed up the FCO’s work on international export controls and Small Arms control 2001-4 and then worked on international counter-terrorism co-operation. He went to Riyadh as Deputy to the British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia 2006-9. Back again in London he was worked in senior roles on strategic finance, IT and promoting the UK’s prosperity. He has just started a new Middle-East focussed role with the Ministry of Defence. Daniel Jeffery (LL.B., 2007 and MA International Relations of the Middle East, 2008) Dan attended Exeter Uni between 2004 and 2008 where he achieved a 2:1 in Law (LLB) and an MA in International Relations of the Middle East and received the Ayubi Memorial Prize for Most Outstanding Dissertation in Middle East Politics. Since graduating Dan interned at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and worked his way up to acting Head of the Middle East & North Africa desk before moving to BAE Systems to work in their Competitive Intelligence Team. Dan then moved to Detica (a specialist cyber security and intelligence company now called BAE Systems Applied Intelligence) where he helped them break into the Middle East after moving to Abu Dhabi. Specifically he headed up a national Government account and was Head of the Commercial Client Group across the Middle East. After a two successful years in this role Dan was made Director of Operational Analysis for the Middle East & North Africa for BAE Systems’ Head Office. In this role Dan devised and executed growth strategies in key markets; project managed key opportunities in the region; and was responsible for governance and financial reporting to the Board of Directors. In 2016 Dan moved to Accenture in the UK where he helped found their UK Cyber Security Strategy practice. In this role Dan has designed, built and delivered a Cyber Academy; worked on a number of projects covering a wide variety of subject matter from Threat Intelligence, through to Governance and Leadership; and Cyber Resilience to name a few. Full details
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12 October 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Dr Natasha Ezrow, University of Essex

This lecture examines the role of the military during and after the transitions of the Arab Spring, by looking at the cases of Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, Egypt and Syria to offer an explanation for why these states have taken different pathways. Full details
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5 October 201618:00

Sir Jon Day: "What keeps me awake at night?”

Sir Jon Day - Formerly Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee at the Cabinet Office in March 2012. Prior to his appointment, Sir Jon was 2nd Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence (MOD). Full details
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5 October 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Professor Gilbert Achcar, SOAS, University of London

The Arab Spring of 2011 was but the beginning of a long-term revolutionary process, rendered much more complicated than other revolutionary processes by specific socio-political features - rentierism and patrimonialism - of the dominant Arab state system. Another complicating specific feature is the fact that counter-revolution in the Arab region is two-pronged: the revolutionary process confronts not only the established regimes, but also their fundamentalist contenders. Full details
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28 September 201612:30

IAIS Postgraduate Welcome Lecture and Lunch

Special lunchtime lecture followed by welcome buffet lunch. Full details
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27 September 201617:30

Book Launch - Sustaining Conflict: Apathy and Domination in Israel-Palestine

"Sustaining Conflict" develops a groundbreaking theory of political apathy, using a combination of ethnographic material, narrative and political, cultural and feminist theory. It examines how the status quo is maintained in Israel-Palestine, at times even by the activities of Jewish Israelis who are working against the occupation of Palestinian territories. Full details
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23 September - 16 December 2016

The Hidden Face of Iran

What is life really like in Iran? Full details
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22 September 201618:00

The Hidden Face of Iran

What is life really like in Iran? Full details
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21 September 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Professor William Ochsenwald, Virginia Tech University, USA

Professor William Ochsenwald will discuss the historical transformation of education in the major cities of the Hijaz from their conquest by Saudi forces in 1925 to the end of World War II, with an emphasis on curriculum, funding, administrative structures, levels of education, foreign influences and the education of women. Full details
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24 May - 25 June 201617:00

On Palestine

Opening: 5-7pm Tuesday 24 May with Ilan Pappe (University of Exeter) and Annie Pfingst. Full details
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23 - 24 May 20169:00

IAIS and Politics Postgraduate Conference

The Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies and the Politics Department of the University of Exeter will be holding a conference on 23-24 May 2016 to address the current state of uncertainty in Europe, the Middle East and world, and to understand how we, as researchers, should conduct our work within these complex dynamics. Full details
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27 April 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Professor Jorunn Buckley, Bowdoin College, Maine, USA

Professor Buckley will speak about the Mandaeans, one of the world’s most endangered religious minorities. They are the last Gnostics still living in the Middle East from ancient times, but in the current situation, they are leaving their homeland for the diaspora. Professor Buckley is a leading scholar in the history and religion of the Mandaeans; she has also spent many years doing advocacy work for the Mandaeans. She is also an academic adviser to our research project “The Worlds of Mandaean Priests”, so we are particularly happy to welcome her to Exeter. Full details
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14 April 2016

Sufis and Mullahs: Sufis and Their Opponents in the Persianate World

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23 March 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Professor Geert Jan van Gelder, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

This lecture will focus on a number of minor poets from the first few centuries of Islam, who were said to be insane (muwaswis, literally "bewhispered"), even though their poetry was not always mad. Full details
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16 March 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Professor Lisa Wedeen, University of Chicago, USA

Sponsored by the Centre for Gulf Studies Full details
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9 March 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Professor Nicolai Sinai, University of Oxford

This lecture will examine the noticeably elevated status and wide range of functions that the Medinan Qur'an, in contrast to the earlier Meccan surahs, ascribes to the Qur'anic messenger. The perceptible discontinuity with the Meccan presentation of Muhammad's role raises the question whether the Medinan Qur'an might be recasting and latching on to pre-existing templates of communal leadership. Professor Sinai will proprose that the Christian episcopate yields a surprising number of close overlaps. At the same time, he will also highlight important differences. In the light of the evidence presented, the Medinan Qur'an emerges as engaged in a sophisticated appropriation of a wide range of late antique predecessor traditions. Full details
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2 March 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Professor David Thomas, University of Birmingham

Christians living under early Islamic rule often enjoyed considerable social freedom, but they were also constrained by a sense of increasing inequality. In addition to discriminatory legal measures, Muslim religious writings frequently ignored Christianity as a full faith tradition. Religious experts routinely stripped it down into a series of individual teachings which they proved were weak by contrast with the strength of their own Islamic doctrines. Christianity as a tradition of faith was gradually erased from the picture and Christians were silenced as partners in religious debate. Professor Thomas has been a specialist in Islam and Christian-Muslim relations for many years. After undergraduate work at Oxford, he worked in the northern Sudan, where his interest in Islam was kindled. He took this further in theological studies at Cambridge and in PhD research at Lancaster. Professor Thomas worked in parts of the UK for some years on relations between the churches and Muslim communities, and in 1993 he was appointed Lecturer at the Centre for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Selly Oak. In 2004 he was promoted to Reader in the Department of Theology and Religion, and in 2007 was appointed Professor of Christianity and Islam. In 2011 he was made Nadir Dinshaw Professor of Interreligious Relations. Full details
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24 February 201617:15

Visiting Speaker: Dr Andrea Mura, IAIS, University of Exeter

By assuming Islamism, as a complex, dynamic and highly differentiated discursive universe, the seminar explores the way in which territorial boundaries have variously been negotiated, disputed, and creatively reconfigured within the Islamist matrix. With intersections between political theology, Middle East politics and political thought, and a comparative approach between different eschatological traditions, the lecture draws a cartography of the ‘border’, exposing critical implications for notions of citizenship, antagonism, and religious space in the history of the twentieth-century Sunni Islamic political movement. Full details
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17 February 201617:15

Visiting Speaker: Dr Vasileios Syros, Academy of Finland

This presentation is a preliminary attempt to look at the evolution of early Islamic and Renaissance Italian advice literature in a comparative perspective, by focusing on some of the major works produced in the 8th century Abbasid Empire and 16th century Italy. I will undertake a comparative analysis of Ibn al-Muqaffa’s (d. ca. 140/757) Adab al-Kabīr and Baldassare Castiglione’s (1478-1529) Il Libro del cortegiano (The Book of the Courtier) and canvass a shared set of themes that inform early Islamic and Renaissance Italian political discourse on the complex relationship between the ruler and his courtiers, the qualities of the ideal adviser and the dynamics of the decision-making process and consultatation. The presentation will also identify new modes of exploring the development of Abbasid and Italian court cultures within a comparative framework and revisiting their relevance in the context of current debates on effective leadership and delegation of authority. Full details
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10 February 201617:15

Visiting Speaker: Dr Mateo Farzaneh, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, USA

Sponsored by the Centre for the Study of Islam Full details
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10 February 201615:15

Visiting Speaker: Dr Ghassan Khatib, Vice President for Development, Birzeit University, Palestine

Sponsored by the European Centre for Palestine Studies Full details
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3 February 201617:15

Visiting Speaker: Professor Eugene Rogan, University of Oxford

As the Great War is remembered in the rest of the world, the part the Ottomans played in that conflict must be taken into account. For it was the Ottoman front, with its Asian battlefields and global soldiers, that turned Europe's Great War into the First World War. And the consequences of that war still resonate in the modern Middle East today. Full details
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27 January 201617:15

Visiting Speaker: Dr Joost Hiltermann, International Crisis Group

IS and Us: How to Confront the Challenge of the Islamic State. Full details
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26 January 201619:30

Film Screening and Exhibition Opening

A documentary film by Yiannis Kanakis Full details
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26 January 201617:30

Last of the Dictionary Men: Stories from the South Shields Yemeni Sailors

You are warmly invited to the opening reception of the Exhibition with an introductory talk by Iranian film director, Tina Gharavi. Bridge + Tunnel Productions has developed a unique project, engaging two international artists (Tina Gharavi and Youssef Nabil) to work collaboratively with 14 Yemeni sailors, the last survivors of the first-generation who settled in South Shields. A series of thirteen hand-coloured portraits by the internationally renowned photographer, Youssef Nabil, captures the first generation of Yemeni sailors with the pride they embody as individuals and as a community. Full details
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18 January 201617:15

Visiting Speaker: Dr Roham Alvandi, London School of Economics and Political Science

Sponsored by the Centre for Persian and Iranian Studies Full details
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13 January 201617:15

Visiting Speaker: Ramita Navai

Sponsored by the Centre for Persian and Iranian Studies Full details
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10 December 201517:30

Workshop and Lecture: Professor Leon van den Broeke (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

In this lecture Professor van den Broeke will examine how European states have used “church taxes” and similar instruments to fund religious groups, and how these groups have organized their finances internally, using these and other funds. Full details
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9 December 201517:15

Visiting speaker: Prof. Jon HOOVER (University of Nottingham)

Did Ibn Taymiyya confess to being an Ash’ari? Full details
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2 December 201517:15

Visiting speaker: Dr. Emmanuel BLANCHARD (University of Versailles, France)

Repression of Terrorism and Internment Camps in France during the Algerian War of Independence (1954-1962) Full details
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27 November 201514:00

Visiting Speaker: Professor Ramin Jahanbegloo, Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto

Gandhi and the Idea of Democracy Full details
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25 November 201517:15

Visiting speaker: Dr. Gabriele vom BRUCK (SOAS)

(Re)making History with a Vengeance: Struggles for Ascendancy in Northern Yemen in the Wake of Political Transition (2012-14) Full details
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20 November 2015 - 29 January 20169:00

Last of the Dictionary Men: Stories from the South Shields Yemeni Sailors

The North East of England boasts a proud maritime and industrial heritage that has all but disappeared from today’s landscape along the River Tyne. Within this heritage lies a remarkable Middle Eastern connection – South Shields is the Land of the Arabs! Over the course of 100 years, thousands of seamen from Yemen settled in the small town of South Shields and made it their home. Successful integration of the Yemeni community, it is argued, is one of the key multiculturalism stories that the region has to offer to the nation. In 2005, the Iranian film director, Tina Gharavi, embarked on a journey to discover the legacy of Mohammed Ali’s visit to South Shields in 1977 (one day after the Queen’s Jubilee tour to the region). While filming she met with the Yemeni elders at the Al-Azhar mosque who shared glimpses of their amazing lives, previously unknown and untold. A series of thirteen hand-coloured portraits by the internationally renowned photographer, Youssef Nabil, captures the first generation of Yemeni sailors with the pride they embody as individuals and as a community. Full details
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19 November 201518:00

Opening Exhibition Reception: Last of the Dictionary Men - Stories from the South Shields Yemeni Sailors

The North East of England boasts a proud maritime and industrial heritage that has all but disappeared from today’s landscape along the River Tyne. Within this heritage lies a remarkable Middle Eastern connection – South Shields is the Land of the Arabs! Over the course of a 100 years, thousands of seamen from Yemen settled in the small town of South Shields and made it their home. Successful integration of the Yemeni community, it is argued, is one of the key multiculturalism stories that the region has to offer to the nation. In 2005, the Iranian film director, Tina Gharavi, embarked on a journey to discover the legacy of Mohammed Ali’s visit to South Shields in 1977 (one day after the Queen’s Jubilee tour to the region). While filming she met with the Yemeni elders at the Al-Azhar mosque who shared glimpses of their amazing lives, previously unknown and untold. A series of thirteen hand-coloured portraits by the internationally renowned photographer, Youssef Nabil, captures the first generation of Yemeni sailors with the pride they embody as individuals and as a community. Full details
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18 November 201517:15

Visiting speaker: Professor Sami ZUBAIDA (Birkbeck College, London)

Middle Eastern food cultures are products of geography, ecology and the mixing and syntheses of historical empires, the most recent being the Ottoman. The discourses of the emerging nation-states and their imagination have included assertion of national and ethnic cuisine: Turkish (or ‘Ottoman’), Iranian, Lebanese, Iraqi, or Arab, Armenian and Kurdish, with implications of historical roots going back centuries. I argue that food cultures are related more to geography than ethnicity or nation, and that what we eat now is the product of historical transformations more than continuities, such as the import of New World products, notably the tomato, and more recent globalised exchanges and innovations. And what is ‘Mediterranean cuisine’? Full details
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17 November 201517:00

Visiting Speaker: Dr Muhammad Najib Azca (Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia)

While the image of jihad activism has been portrayed in Western media commonly associated with terrorism, my research revealed another side of the picture: it also has unique link to the new dynamic of local politics in the post-authoritarian Indonesia. Focusing on non-local actors of Islamist movements who taking part in religious communal violence in 1999-2002 in eastern Indonesia, called as holy war or jihad, the research found that those who joined in jihad mobilization comes from various networks of Islamist activism: Jihadi, Wahabi, and Political activists. The presentation will centre on jihad actors from political activism network in their post-jihad involvement in eastern Indonesia. Full details
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12 November 201518:15

Special Film Screening of Queens of Syria

An award-winning documentary film, directed by Yasmin Fedda, Queens of Syria tells the story of fifty women from Syria, forced into exile in Jordan, who came together in Autumn 2013 to create and perform their own version of the Trojan Women, the timeless Ancient Greek tragedy about the plight of women in war. Winner of the Black Pearl Award for Best Documentary Director from the Arab World at Abu Dhabi Film Festival, 2014 Special Mention from the UNHCR at the 3rd edition of the Human Rights Film Festival in Tunis 2014 (Human Screen Festival 2014) Full details
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12 November 201516:30

Reflections on Vatican II: Religions in a World of Religious Diversity

Panel discussion to include reflections from Catholic and non-Catholic perspectives. Full details
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4 November 201517:15

Visiting speaker: Professor Blain AUER (Lausanne University, Switzerland)

This talk concerns the construction and production of Persian historiography in India during the medieval period. It considers debates about the knowledge of history in the broader intellectual milieu developing across the Middle East and South Asia in the 13th and 14th centuries. Finally, it attempts to confront broader challenges in the writing of Islamic history in relation to myth and religion. Full details
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31 October - 1 November 20159:30

Early Career Middle Eastern Studies Research Network (MESnet) Workshop

A 2-day workshop consisting of talks and roundtables on Getting Published, Careers in Middle Eastern Studies, Digital Networking & Social Media, and Impact & Relevance (Day 1 - Career Development) and an academic conference where participants can present their research (Day 2 - Academic Conference). Full details
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14 October 201517:15

Professor Dirk Moses, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

The right of violent resistance to occupation and the protection of international law generally are often asserted by proponents of occupied peoples. If only international law were respected, so the argument goes, indigenous peoples would be able to repel colonists' transformative occupation. In this paper, I challenge this common view by showing how the law of occupation has always favoured the occupier as does international law more generally. If peoples want to resist transformative occupations, they have to face the forces arrayed against them without misplaced trust in the law. Full details
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2 - 4 October 2015

Conference on Settler Colonialism in Palestine & Workshop on the Naqab Bedouin

The study of settler colonialism as an historical, geographical and political formation is attracting the attention of more and more scholars around the globe. Our effort will be oriented towards the examination of the settler colonial paradigm’s validity in the context of Palestine. The organisers encourage interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to the study of settler colonialism in Palestine, so as to build bridges between settler colonial studies and other disciplines, as well as to challenge Israel’s alleged exceptionality. Full details
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16 June 201517:15

Visiting Speaker: Dr Ziba Mir-Hosseini, SOAS

Dr Ziba Mir-Hosseini (www.zibamirhosseini.com) will critically assess an assumption that underpins much of thinking around gender relations in modern Islam: that God gave men authority over women in the Quran, Sura 4, verse 34. To do this, she will use her research, and that of others, under the auspices of the Musawah project. Full details
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8 - 9 June 20159:00

Researching the Middle East: Fieldwork, Archives, Issues, and Ethics

Submission deadline: 16th April 2015 Email to iaispgrconference@exeter.ac.uk Full details
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4 June 201517:30

Book Launch by Jenny Balfour Paul

Jenny Balfour Paul will give a talk about Thomas Machell. This intriguing odyssey, set on the edges of time, encompasses biography, memoir, detective story, travelogue and history. Full details
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3 June 201517:15

Visiting Lecture: Dr Shuruq Naguib, Lancaster University

Dr Shuruq Naguib will give a lecture on the Egyptian Qur’anic commentator, Bint al-Shati’, famous for her contribution to rhetorical analysis of the Qur’an, gender issues, and understanding the Qur’an in the light of contemporary structures of knowledge. Full details
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20 May 201517:15

Roundtable with Dr Alireza Bhojani (Al-Mahdi Institute, Birmingham), Dr Haifaa Jawad (Dept of Theology and Religious Study, University of Birmingham) and Dr Karim Lahham (Tabah Foundation/Barrister Inner London Temple)

The Roundtable will explore, from different perspectives, examining the major intellectual challenges for Muslims in the contemporary period. This event will be chaired by Dr Mustafa Baig. Full details
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18 May 20159:00

Ecologies of Violence and Genealogies of Terror

A one day symposium sponsored by the Centre for Gulf Studies, at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies. For information contact: n.al-qasimi@exeter.ac.uk or w.Gallois@exeter.ac.uk Full details
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6 May 201517:15

Visiting Speaker: Dr Meir Hatina Professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The expansion of secular education, the rise of a literate public, and the development of mass media in the Arab and Muslim milieu from the nineteenth century onward evoked a strong measure of pluralization in religious knowledge, and a resultant fragmentation in religious authority and its sources. The religious scholarly community was transformed from an elitist body of ‘ulama’ and Sufi shaykhs to a dissolute group and an arena for various cultural agents who struggled for representation and political power, as well as for the right to shape the values of society. The lecture explores major developments in the concept of religious authority in modern Islamic thought, analyzing its sources and spokesmen, while also providing comparative insights regarding Sunna and Shi‘a, as well as Islam and Judaism. Full details
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25 March 201517:15

Visiting Speaker: Prof Simona Sharoni, The State University of New York in Plattsburgh

There is much to learn about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the analysis of community-base research conducted by the Women’s Studies Institute at Birzeit University in Palestine or from listening to the accounts of Israeli soldiers who refuse to serve in the Occupied Territories. However, these stories are seldom included in most accounts of the conflict. By focusing on gender and resistance, this book addresses dimensions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that are often overlooked or altogether ignored by politicians, ordinary scholars, and the mainstream media. Unlike conventional accounts that portray the conflict as a primordial, intractable war between two collectivities with competing claims over the same territory, the analysis featured in this talk exposes the power asymmetries and systemic injustices at the heart of the conflict. The talk chronicles the gendered aspects of the conflict and resistance acts in both Palestine and Israel with special attention to the situation on the ground in the aftermath of the July 2014 Massive Israeli attack on Gaza. Using an original framework that foregrounds feminism as a theory of anti-oppression and liberation the talk offers an original analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the prospects for its resolution. Full details
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23 March 201517:15

Dr Lia Brynjar, Associate Professor, University of Oslo, Norway

The rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has drawn renewed attention to the notion of “a jihadi state” as a real world experience. Comparing the “Islamic State” with previous jihadi “emirates” and proto-states, his lecture discusses how militant Islamists cope with the dilemmas of state building. Particular attention is devoted to explaining the apparently irrational behavior of many jihadi groups in situations where adaptation and pragmatism would have seemed more logical. Full details
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23 March 201515:00

Dr Talmiz Ahmad

Talmiz Ahmad joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1974. He served in Kuwait, Baghdad and Sanaa, early in his career, followed by postings in New York, Jeddah, London and Pretoria. He was the ambassador to Saudi Arabia twice, between 2000-03 and then again in 2010-11.He was also ambassador to the UAE (2007-10) and Oman (2003-04). He was Additional Secretary for International Cooperation in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas during 2004-06. In 2006-07, he was Director General of the Indian Council of World Affairs. After retirement from foreign service in 2011, he worked in the corporate sector in Dubai for three years. He is now a business consultant in Dubai. He has written three books: Reform in the Arab World: External Influences and Regional Debates (India Research Press, 2005), Children of Abraham at War: the Clash of Messianic Militarisms (Aakar Books, 2010) and The Islamist Challenge in West Asia: Doctrinal and Political Competitions after the Arab Spring (Pentagon Press, 2013). He writes and lectures frequently on the politics of West Asia, political Islam and energy security. He is currently a Visiting Distinguished Fellow at Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. Full details
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18 March 201517:15

Reimagining Political Space--Empire, Revolts, and Competitive State-Formation in the Middle East and North Africa in the 1920s

Against a dominant historical narrative emphasizing the importance of war-time agreements (Sykes-Picot et al) and the post-World War I peace settlement in "making" the modern Middle East, this paper shifts the focus to the postwar decade, examining a set of synchronic "revolts" in the mid-1920s from Morocco to Turkey that were critical in negotiating new political topographies in North Africa the Middle East. This comparative analysis works out different typologies of state formation (both by the British, French, Italian, and Spanish colonial powers and by local actors including Ataturk, Ibn Saud, and Abd al-Krim) and of anti-state resistance, emphasizing the importance of transregional linkages during this critical historical juncture. Full details
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11 March 201517:15

Dr Guy Laron, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

A global crisis that enveloped the developing world in the 1960s shifted the balance of power between civilians and generals in Israel, Egypt, and Syria during the years 1963-1967. It also caused the Soviet Union and the U.S. to militarize their relations with the Middle East. These changes exacerbated existing tensions in the region and created an inflammable environment in which war more probable. The combination of weak civilian leaderships, powerful generals, and interlocking alliances which typified the Middle East in the 1960s is not unique. There is at least one similar instance: namely, World War I. Both the Six-Day war and World War I are examples to how regional wars might start: global shifts causing domestic instability, which, in turn, aggravates regional tensions. Full details
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25 February 201517:15

CANCELLED : Neoliberal Autocracy and its Unmaking: Syria from 2000 to the present

Due to unfortunate personal circumstances the speaker is unable to give this talk, so we will be rearranging this talk at a later date. Full details
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24 February 201517:30

Books and Bibliophiles: Studies in Honour of Paul Auchterlonie on the Bio-bibliography of the Muslim World ed. R. Gleave

The Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter invites you to the launch of: Jokes in Safavid Iran Professor Sajjad Rizvi Assistant Professor of Islamic Intellectual History Head of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter Paul Auchterlonie was the Librarian for Arabic and Middle East Studies here at the University of Exeter from 1981 until his (semi) retirement in 2011. Since then we have been delight that he has accepted our invitation to be an honorary fellow here in the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies. Paul's contribution to Middle Eastern studies librarianship was not limited to the Universities of Lancaster and exeter where he worked during his distinguished career. He was pivotal in the on-going success of the Middle East Libraries Committee (MELCOM), a society which brings together Middle East librarians to work together and provide this specialist library service to researchers and students in UK universities. Paul was also central to MELCOM International, a similar body bringing together Middle East librarians on a Europe-wide basis. And more than this, Paul has also published widely in the field of Middle East librarianship, archival collections and the early relationships between the Islamic world and the UK. This collection of studies, from scholars across Europe, from researchers and research librarians, is a token of the appreciation in the field for his contribution. All are welcome to attend. Full details
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18 February 201517:00

Before the Portolan Charts: Navigation and Maritime Spaces in the Fatimid Book of Curiosities - by Dr Yossef Rapoport

The talk will examine the earliest textual account of navigation that has come to us from any medieval Muslim source: the diagrams of seas, islands and bays in the Fatimid Book of Curiosities. The maps of the Mediterranean and Cyprus, as well as a diagram of the Bays of Byzantium, contain rich details of navigation along the coasts, including the quality and size of harbours, sailing distances, water sources and wind directions. This paper will outline the significance of these diagrams in the context of the Mediterranean as a shared (and contested) space, highlighting the differences between these images and the European portolan charts of the later Middle Ages. Full details
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18 February 201513:00

'Academic Writing & Publishing: Advice from an Editor.' by Dr James Onley

For post graduate students and Staff. 'Academic Writing & Publishing: Advice from an Editor.' Wednesday 18th February 2015. 1pm - 2pm Lecture theatre 1 by Dr James Onley Full details
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11 February 201517:15

Dr Gina Bekker, School of Law Ulster University.

Rights violations in North Africa have increasingly been the subject of much discussion in the media as well as in academia. This seminar will consider the response of the African Union mechanisms charged with the promotion and protection of human rights on the African continent to these violations. In this regard, the work of the African Commission and African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights will be explored. Issues considered include, the right to life, women’s rights, democracy and transitions, rights of internally displaced persons, forced evictions, freedom from torture and fair trial rights. Full details
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11 February 201517:15

Rights in North Africa: The African Commission and African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights ’ by Dr Gina Bekker

Rights violations in North Africa have increasingly been the subject of much discussion in the media as well as in academia. This seminar will consider the response of the African Union mechanisms charged with the promotion and protection of human rights on the African continent to these violations. In this regard, the work of the African Commission and African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights will be explored. Issues considered include, the right to life, women’s rights, democracy and transitions, rights of internally displaced persons, forced evictions, freedom from torture and fair trial rights. Full details
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11 February 201513:00

Careers and Further Study with an IAIS degree

This panel discussion is part of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies Careers Days. 11:00-12:00: Drop in session with Susannah Day, Global Employability Consultant in IAIS common room. 12:00-1:00pm: What can I do with my IAIS degree? with Careers Consultant Mark Armitage in IAIS Seminar Room 2 1:00-2:30pm: Panel Discussion: Careers and further study with an IAIS degree in IAIS LT1 (please sign up for the panel discussion through http://ex.ac.uk/DT) The panel will be followed by an opportunity to network with our guest speakers. 2:30-3:30pm: Networking tea and cake – a chance to have a chat with the panelists over tea and cake on the IAIS street. Full details
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21 January 201517:15

The divine man’s Holy Spirit. Some new remarks regarding Imamate and prophecy

A certain number of Imamite traditions speak of the imam’s ‘‘five spirits’’ among which is the holy spirit (rūḥ al-quds). This notion of the divine man’s ‘‘intellective organs’’ – which can be found in other esoteric Shi’ite sources as well as in al-Ḥakīm al-Tirmidhī’s work – seems to find its origins in a number of Manichean and Gnostic anthropologic and noetic doctrines. These in turn appear to be exegeses of Isaiah 11: 2-3 and commentaries on the 19th logion of the Gospel of Thomas (in particular Manichean writings such as the Coptic Psalter and the Chinese treatise so-called “Traité Chavannes-Pelliot”). These traditions, alongside many others pertaining to the imams’ qualifiers, allusively or implicitly emphasize the latter’s and even their initiated followers’ prophetic capacities. How does one accord this doctrine with the orthodox dogma according to which Muḥammad is the “last of the prophets”? Has the Quranic expression khātim/khātam al-anbiyā’ always had this particular meaning for Muslims? Examining this expression’s historical background seems to prove the contrary – at least during the very first centuries of the Hijra. This explains the ancient Shi’ite texts’ ambiguous stand as well as a certain practice of the taqiyya applied to this data. CV: Mohammad Ali AMIR-MOEZZI is professor at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Sorbonne University) where he holds the classical Islamic studies chair once held by Louis Massignon, Henry Corbin and Daniel Gimaret. He is the author of a great number of books and articles dealing with such subjects as classical Shi’ite Islam and the history of the Quran. Among these: Le Guide divin dans le shi’isme originel (Paris, Verdier, 1992; English transl. The Divine Guide in Early Shi’ism, New York, SUNY Press, 1994); La religion discrète: croyances et pratiques spirituelles dans l’islam shi’ite, Paris, Vrin, 2006 (English transl. The Spirituality of Shi’i Islam: Beliefs and Practices, London-New York, I.B.Tauris, 2011); Le Coran silencieux et le Coran parlant. Sources scripturaires de l’islam entre histoire et ferveur, Paris, CNRS Editions, 2011 (transl. The Silent Quran and the Speaking Quran, forthcoming, Columbia University Press). He also supervised the Dictionnaire du Coran, Paris, 2007. Full details
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14 January 201517:15

The Twelve Israeli Wars On Gaza

Jean-Pierre Filiu is professor of Middle East studies at Sciences Po, Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA). He has held visiting professorships both at Columbia and Georgetown universities. He is the author of « Apocalypse in Islam » (University of California Press) and « The Arab Revolution » (Hurst). His last book, « Gaza, a History », has been published in September 2014 by Hurst. Full details
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3 December 201417:15

Citizenship after Orientalism

This lecture reflects on the process and findings of a research programme that began in 2002 in Canada as a project associated with Canada Research Chair (CRC) grant and ended in the UK with a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced grant in 2014. It outlines the original premises of the research, various research projects undertaken on Islamic trust, discusses difficulties of undertaking transdisciplinary research, and the possible contributions of this research programme to understanding political subjectivity called citizenship. Full details
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25 November 201417:15

"Between Authoritarianism and Intellectualism. Some Recent Controversies on the Role of Hadith in Sunnite Islam"

Prof. Rainer Brunner, born in 1964, was appointed as a Director of Research at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris, in 2005. Before that he had held positions as a Research Associate at the Orientalisches Seminar of Freiburg University (1998-2004), Invited Director of Research at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, Section Sciences Religieuses at the Sorbonne (2002), Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Hebrew University Jerusalem (2002/03), and was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (2004/05). His main research interests are modern Muslim intellectual history, especially the history and theology of the Shia, the relationship between Sunni and Shia, and Islam in Europe. Full details
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5 November 201417:15

Indonesia’s Islamic Revolution

From 1945 to 1949, as the nascent nation of Indonesia fought off Dutch re-colonization, several simultaneous understandings of the fight were current among the fighters. The Islamic understanding, calling the fight against the Dutch a Holy War and expecting the creation of an Islamic state, was held among religious militias and pious communities across the archipelago. This presentation, a summary of Dr Fogg’s forthcoming monograph, explains some of the characteristics of the Islamic understanding of the revolution at the grassroots level, and contrasts that experience with the struggle of Islamic politicians in the highest echelons of the government. Finally, it draws some conclusions about how the Indonesian revolution set up the structures of Islamic life and politics in Indonesia until today. Full details
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22 October 201417:15

Female Islamic Authority in the Middle East and beyond

‘In many areas of the globe, women speak on behalf of Islam by teaching, preaching, and interpreting Islamic texts. This talk places female religious leadership in historical context, discussing early Islamic precedents as well as the social, cultural, and political trends that have contributed to contemporary trends in Islam leadership, male and female. It presents twentieth-century Egypt as a case study that can enhance our understanding of the emergence and expansion of contemporary forms of female Islamic leadership and authority around the world’ Full details
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15 October 201417:15

Christian-Muslim relations in the Inquisition Malta 1605

In 1605 a Moorish slave of the Knights of St. John, Sellem Bin al-Sheikh Mansur, was put on trial by the Roman Inquisition on Malta accused of practising magic among the Christians on the island. The Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project Magic in Malta, 1605 examines this one magic trial in detail, and will use the evidence contained therein to open up a myriad of aspects of life in early-modern Malta, including the place of slaves, Christian-Muslim relations, and the roles of magic and of the Inquisition. In this lecture the project team Professor Dionisius A. Agius, Dr Catherine Rider and Dr Alex Mallett will present the background to the project, including the island's communities (Christians and slaves) at the time, the trial document, and aspects of popular magic. Full details
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1 October 201417:15

Public Event. Visiting Speaker : Onnik James Krikorian

Onnik James Krikorian is a journalist, photojournalist, and media consultant from the United Kingdom. He has worked for the UK and International Media and from 2007-2012 was the Caucasus Regional Editor for Global Voices. Living in Yerevan, Armenia, since 1998, he moved to Tbilisi, Georgia, in 2012.Launching his first web site in 1994 he has focused on publishing material online on issues overlooked by the mainstream media such as poverty and minority issues in transitional countries.Since 1994 he has covered the frozen conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed territory of Nagorno Karabakh and from 1995-1997 worked extensively on human rights issues related to the Kurds in Turkey. In 1998 that work saw him visit the Republic of Armenia to research the Yezidi minority in the country for the London-based Kurdish Human Rights Project (KHRP). This has included working closely with academics researching the same issues.His work on the frozen conflicts of the South Caucasus, including countering single narratives and amplifying alternative voices using new and social media, has also recently brought him into the sphere of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE). This particularly concerns the use of new and social media by extremist groups such as al-Qaeda and the Islamic State. With frozen conflicts thawing and developments in Iraq cause for considerable concern, such a need is more urgent than ever.http://onnik-krikorian.com/ Full details
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1 - 2 September 2014

2014 Exeter-Georgetown Gulf Conference

The Heritage Boom in the Gulf; Critical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives.Call for papers now open. Full details
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20 June 2014

Thinking about a career in teaching: PGCE taster day

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21 May 201414:00

Arabic Poetry Recital

You are cordially invited to our annual Arabic poetry recitation event on Wednesday 21 May at 2pm in the institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, Lecture Theatre 1. Do come and enjoy an hour of poetry and music presented by some of our Third and Fourth Year students.Please contact Z.jennings@exeter.ac.uk for further information. Full details
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19 May 201418:00

Seasons of Mud - opening reception of new exhibition of paintings by Iraqi artist Yousif Naser

This promises to be an exciting event with an introduction to the works by artist Yousif Naser, poetry readings (in English, French and Arabic) inspired by the works, and Iraqi music. Exhibition opening times: Monday 12th May Friday 27th June 2014 (Monday Friday 9 am 5 pm) Full details
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12 May - 27 June 20149:00

Seasons of Mud by Iraqi artist Yousif Naser - exhibition of paintings:

Gallery Viewing Times Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm The exhibition is held in collaboration with the Iraqi Cultural Centre in Londonfor further information contact jane.clark@exeter.ac.ukopen to public. Full details
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26 March 201417:15

Prof Leyla Neyzi

Young People Speak Out: The Contribution of Oral History to Facing the Past, Reconciliation and Democratization in Turkey carried out in 2011-2013. Project output based on a large oral history archive include multimedia products such as a website in Kurdish, Turkish and English (www.gencleranlatiyor.org), exhibition, film and book. The presentation will focus on the research process,the participation of young people from Diyarbakir, Mugla and Berlin in the project, and reflect on the experience in light of the Gezi events and the current context of Turkey. Full details
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25 - 26 March 201418:30

His Excellency Dr Salam Fayyad Former Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority.

The Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies & The European Centre for Palestine Studies (ECPS) are very honoured to present His Excellency Dr Salam Fayyad for this special talk. This is a public talk open to all please contact : z.jennings@exeter.ac.uk for any further information. Full details
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18 March 20145:15

Prof Hans Diaber

The growing interest of the Arabs in Arabic translations from Greek since the 8th century has been interpreted as a sign of humanism in Islam. This is comparable to humanists in Europe who, since the 14th century, considered the Greek and Latin literature the foundation of spiritual and moral education. We will have to address the question of whether a similar ideal of education has been developed in harmony with religion in the Islamic cultural sphere. The perceived tension between the humanists of antiquity and Christianity has a parallel in the tensions between Islamic religiosity and a rational Islamic worldview. However, there are past and present approaches to developing an educational ideal, which is comparable to the European concept of a moral shaping of the individual. Full details
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11 March 201417:15

Mark Fitzpatrick (IISS )

With the implementation details having been worked out for the interim nuclear deal that Iran and the six major powers reached in late November, Irans enrichment capability is capped for the next six months and Iran is experiencing limited sanctions relief for the first time in many years. The mood is optimistic in Iran and in most other concerned countries with two notable exceptions among Irans most sceptical antagonists. Mark Fitzpatrick will offer his assessment of the interim deal and of the prospects for a comprehensive agreement being reached during the 6-month period. Full details
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5 March 201417:15

James Dorsey ( Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

A confrontation between autocratic Arab leaders and militant, highly politicized, street battle-hardened soccer fans that contributed to the toppling of former Egyptian and Tunisian presidents Mubarak and Ben Ali builds on a political tradition inherent in the game since introduction by the British. That tradition is rooted in the little recognized fact that the politics of soccer have played an important role in the development of several Middle Eastern and North African nations since the late 19th century. Politics moreover was associated with the founding of a large number soccer clubs in the region and underlies its foremost derbies, some of which rank among the worlds most violent. Full details
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26 February 201417:15

Dr Maha Yamani ( Independant Researcher)

The terms 'Muslim', 'Islamic', and 'Shariah' law have become intermixed, and often used to cover a wide area of rules some religious but others not. These rules have an Islamic origin but have since been restructured and adapted into an expansive field of laws spanning the many diverse cultures, ethnic groups, and geographical areas that now represent the Muslim religion. I sometimes encounter questions along the lines of "What is your opinion regarding the position of women under Muslim law?" Or I face an inquiry regarding "The interpretation of (a specific case) under 'Shari'ah' law"Through the use of examples, my talk will illustrate the way in which 'Muslim' laws have been moulded and shaped by the people who use them Full details
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19 February 201417:15

Prof Hans Daiber (Frankfurt University)

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19 February 201417:00

Dr Uri Davis Al-Quds University Jerusalem

After defining the key terms of his Paper (What is Palestine?; What is political-Zionism?; What are Zionist Institutions?; What is ethnic cleansing?; What is apartheid?) and after considering the analogies and the specificities of Israeli apartheid versus past South African apartheid as well as the political implication of declaring Israel an apartheid state under international law - the Paper discusses future dangers and ambiguities underpinning the partial diplomatic victory of the PLO/State of Palestine in the UN and concludes that the next best step for Palestine in the UN could very well be: pressing the UNGA to reduce the status of Israel from a Full-Member state to an Observer-Member state so longs as the core of strategic Israeli apartheid legislation is not dismantled, and in this connection declare the borders of Observer-Member "Jewish" (or better Hebrew) state to be the borders designated in UNGA Resolution 181(ii) of 1947. Full details
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5 February 201417:00

Dominic Casciani ( Home Affairs Correspondent. BBC News)

There has long been a tense debate about how the British news media goes about reporting counter-terrorism, security and related issues. BBC News home affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani explains how he and his colleagues go about their job - and the practical and editorial challenges they face.The talk will give you an insight into how modern 24-hour news organisations operate from the moment that the police make an arrest to the point that a jury reaches a verdict.Dominic will explore some of the major issues that organisations like the BBC grapple with these major stories - and how the BBC goes about trying to unpeel their many layers.Dominic Casciani has covered terrorism and security for BBC News for a decade on TV, Radio and Online.In 2011 he won a landmark court battle with the government to film the story of a terrorism suspect held for eight years without trial. In 2013 he was one of a just a few journalists to witness the deportation of Abu Qatada to Jordan. Full details
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30 January 201417:00

Prof. Ghanim al-Najjar

20 years ago, the world started a political discourse of human rights with the World Conference on Human rights held in June 1993 in Vienna. Hopes were high that the world was entering a new era, in which human dignity would be the main catalyst of world international affairs and path.Abstract: 20 years ago, the world started a political discourse of human rights with the World Conference on Human rights held in June 1993 in Vienna. Hopes were high that the world was entering a new era, in which human dignity would be the main catalyst of world international affairs and relations. The question now is not whether those hopes were genuine, but whether any progress has been made in this path. How human rights dynamics are featured in the international scene, and do human rights matter at all in international, regional, and national decision making? This question is especially relevant in the so-called "empty quarter" of democracy, i.e. the Middle East. Full details
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29 January 201417:15

Prof Guy Standing - The Global Precariat - Why it is the new dangerous class

Globalisation and the neo-liberal economic policies underpinning it have spawned a global class structure, in which the precariat is the new mass class. It consists of millions living in insecurity, without occupational identities, without control of their lives, without secure income and losing rights. Many are still unaware that they are in it or close to being in it. But millions do recognise themselves as in it. The precariat is not yet a class-for-itself. Indeed, it is almost at war with itself. But that is changing as the anxiety, alienation, anomie and anger are growing everywhere.This presentation will draw on a recent book to consider what may happen as the precariat swells. Governments have yet to understand; a politics of inferno is building up, against which a new politics of paradise is urgently required. Full details
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22 January 201417:15

Dr Laurent Bonnefoy - The Yemini Revolution and the Salafis

Since 2011, Yemen has engaged in a revolutionary process whose outcomes remain unknown but which has clearly transformed the political landscape. Some Salafis have seized the opportunity to break with their quietist past and to form a political party: Ittihad al-Rashad. They are now appearing as potential competitors of the Muslim Brotherhood. Other Salafis have resisted such a move towards overt politicization and have long advocated the status-quo. This lecture will analyse the debates unfolding in the Salafi field and will highlight how these are meaningful if one wants to understand contemporary dynamics in Yemen.Contactz.jennings@exeter.ac.uk Full details
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22 January - 26 March 201415:00

SPEAK ARABIC!!! Every Wednesday Afternoon

SPEAK ARABIC!!! Informal Arabic Conversation Groups - every Wednesday afternoon By popular demand, the Institute will be hosting two informal Arabic conversation groups one each for beginners and advanced speakers of the language every Wednesday from 15:00-17:00hrs during term 2. The aim of the gathering is to give participants a weekly opportunity to practice their Arabic in small, friendly and informal groups. The groups are open to all beginners/intermediate and advanced speakers in the university, not just students of Arabic. Native speakers are most welcome as facilitators. The group will be led by its participants, and will discuss subjects proposed by them; there will be no active teaching, and no assessment process. If you are interested in this opportunity to practice and develop your language, please join the group relevant for your level at: Venue: IAIS Seminar Room 1 (Advanced Speakers). IAIS Language Lab (Beginners/Intermediate).Time: Wednesdays, 15:00-17:00hrs. Full details
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15 January 201417:15

Dr Ghada Karmi

This talk will deal with the history and demography of Muslims in Britain, when and why they came and who they are. It will discuss the issue of integration and assimilation of this community within British society and the obstacles to it. Full details
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17 December 201317:15

The Yemeni revolution and the Salafis.

Since 2011, Yemen has engaged in a revolutionary process whose outcomes remain unknown but which has clearly transformed the political landscape. Some Salafis have seized the opportunity to break with their quietist past and to form a political party: Ittihad al-Rashad. They are now appearing as potential competitors of the Muslim Brotherhood. Other Salafis have resisted such a move towards overt politicization and have long advocated the status-quo. This lecture will analyse the debates unfolding in the Salafi field and will highlight how these are meaningful if one wants to understand contemporary dynamics in Yemen.Contactz.jennings@exeter.ac.uk Full details
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11 December 201317:15

Prof Greg Barton from Monash University (Australia)

In the wake of the bombing in Bali on October 12, 2002, Southeast Asia in general and Indonesia in particular began to be described as terrorisms second front. Within Indonesia, however, there was considerable scepticism. Many believed that jihadi salafism had very little support in Indonesia, a view shared by many long term observers of the country. Indonesian Islam, it was said, is different. Developments over the past decade have shown both positions to be mistaken. The level of threat posed by jihadi salafist terrorism in Indonesia and Southeast Asia is clearly nothing like that being experienced in South Asia, Afghanistan, the Middle East and North Africa. Nevertheless, Indonesia faces a remarkably resilient and persistent challenge from home-grown terrorism. With over 830 arrests, most of them leading to successful prosecutions, the Indonesian authorities have risen to the challenge of dealing with a problem far more extensive and enduring than most would have predicted. In hindsight it is clear that jihadi salafism has deep roots in Indonesian society being a product of social movements that pre-date Indonesian independence. Whilst it is true that such radical movements have always been the exception to the rule sometimes, as with the Darul Islam movement of the 1950s, the exception is very significant. At the same time, global developments have transformed the nature and expression of jihadi salafism in Indonesia. And whilst Indonesian authorities have become skilful in responding to the technical challenges this represents a more comprehensive response within the civil sphere is required to properly address this low level but pernicious problem. Full details
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4 December 201317:15

Dr. Frank Foley (Kings College, London)

Counter-Terrorist Operations in Britain and France: Societal Norms, Strategy and Community Though Britain and France have faced a similar terrorist threat since September 11 2001, they have often responded in different ways to the challenges it posed. This seminar discusses Frank Foleys new book on British and French responses to Islamist terrorism. Dr Foley has interviewed almost 40 counter-terrorism officials in the two countries. He will discuss the different approaches that the British and French governments have taken to counter-terrorist operations, outlining how the two countries different historical experiences and societal norms have shaped their responses to Islamist terrorism. Full details
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27 November 201317:15

Dr. Thomas Hegghammer (Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, Oslo

What do jihadis do when they don't fight? Why do hunted militants spend precious time reading poetry and interpreting each others dreams? And why is the epithet he who weeps a badge of honour in al-Qaida? We know much about the military activities and ideological views of jihadis, but little about their socio-cultural practices. This talk will take a closer look at daily life inside militant Islamist groups and reflect on what it tells us about jihadism in particular and clandestine activism in general. Full details
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20 November 201317:15

Dr. Allen Fromherz (Georgia State University, Atlanta)

Rather seeing oil as the main driver of Qatari policy and governance, this presentation focuses on the internal social dynamics of this small, increasingly influential, Gulf state. Although Qatari has a feisty international image, supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and financing, Al-Jazeera, the ruling section of the Al-Thani family also considers internal pressures of Qatari nationals in the context of extreme modernization and change. This presentation examines how internal social structures, not simply the whim of the ruler or the demands and distortions of the oil market, must be considered to understand Qatar's unique place in the Gulf and the World. Full details
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6 November 201317:15

Dr Toby Matthiesen :The Gulf States and the Arab Uprisings: Counter-Revolution and Sectarianism

When faced with rising political challenges in early 2011, the Gulf states -- Bahrain and Saudi Arabia in particular -- mobilised sectarianism in order to suppress domestic calls for reform, a strategy that I analyze in my recent book Sectarian Gulf: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the Arab Spring that Wasn't.Following on from the sectarian logic, and by a desire to weaken Iran and its allies, the Gulf states became the key backers of the opposition in the Syrian civil war. At the same time, however, they spearheaded counter-revolutionary efforts across the region, most prominently in Egypt. During this talk I will explore how the internal political dynamics of the Gulf states, and the growing demands for reform, determined the different reactions by Gulf governments both at home and abroad, a reaction that is shaping the regional fallouts from the Arab Uprisings. Full details
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30 October 201317:15

Towards a history of the Qur'anic Codex in Umayyad times

According to the Muslim tradition, the text of the Qurn was written down at the latest under the reign of the caliph Uthmn (644-656 AD). When the Umayyads seized power in 660 AD, its written transmission was at its very beginning. Discoveries made during the last decades enable us to retrace the way in which the text itself and its physical appearance deeply modified in Umayyad times (660-750 AD). The manuscript evidence combined with the sources suggests a direct involvement of the rulers in these changes. It also opens new avenues of research about the conditions under which the text was transmitted. Full details
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23 October 201317:15

Social Networking during the 'Age of the Beloveds': Parties, Poetry, and Patronage.

Parties (Meclis) both as idealized in poetry and as performed at all levels of Ottoman society as a gathering for sociable enjoyment is central to visualizing the structure and sense of Ottoman poetry. The actual meclis was the material representation of networks of mutual support among bonded individuals. Symmetrical social and emotional bonding between actors on different levels of power, as scripted and rehearsed in the poetry and embodied in the meclis, has an economic as well as a social dimension. Full details
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16 October 201317:15

Mali: Another War on Terror?

From the beginning until now, there have been many ambiguities on what the challenges of Mali's crisis are. The French approach, paradoxically, has more to do with liberal interventionism than a copy/cut of technics used in other wars on terror. Elections in Mali, celebrated as a strategic breakthrough, may appear as an ambivalent progress. While the security stakes are getting more regional, there is a sense that statu quo more than aggiornamento is still on the top of the agenda for Malian political elites. Full details
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9 October 201316:30

Indonesia in the 21st century : Muslim Debates on Society, Ideas and Values

Fifteen years after the fall of the Suharto Regime in 1998, Indonesia's Muslims are still pondering what role religion should play in public life. Although the religious violence marring the initial transition towards democratic reform has died down, in the first decade of the 21st century, the Muslim community has polarized into reactionary and progressive camps. Debates over the underlying principles of the democratization process have further heated up after a fatwa issued by conservative religious scholars condemned secularism, pluralism and liberalism as un-Islamic. With a hesitant government dominated by Indonesia's eternal political elites failing to take a clear stance, supporters of the fatwa feel vindicated to pursue their Islamization agendas with renewed vigour, displaying growing intolerance towards other religions and what they consider deviant Muslim minorities. Their progressive opponents are defiantly challenging this reactionary trend by calling for a true transformation of Indonesian society based on democratic principles and respect for universal human rights standards. What is ultimately at stake in these debates is what kind of country the worlds largest Muslim nation state wants to be. Full details
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9 - 10 September 2013

Transgressing the Gulf: Dissidence, Resistance and Potentiality in the GCC States

This symposium aims to examine the theme of transgression in the Gulf and to begin to answer these questions which connect social and cultural change to political power. Full details
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15 July 201312:30

IAIS Graduation Reception Drinks

The Institute is holding a special reception in the IAIS Common Room for graduating students and their families (and IAIS staff) on Monday 15th July 12.30 2.30 pm. The time is chosen to accommodate graduates from the morning ceremony and graduands awaiting the afternoon ceremony. Drinks will bubble, and Middle Eastern canapes will be served so do come and join us, celebrate your success and say au revoir (we hope to see you back at the Institute)! Unfortunately this event is for staff, students and family members only, and is not open to the general public. Full details
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10 - 11 May 2013

The SSIS Annual Postgraduate Research Conference

On Friday 10th and Saturday 11th May the SSIS Annual Postgraduate Research Conference will be held. The event will bring PGR students from across the college together to discuss their current research. Full details
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9 May 201313:30

Annual SSIS Research Methods Festival

The Annual College of Social Sciences and International Studies Research Methods Festival has been designed to complement the PGR research seminar training sessions which take place across the academic year. The event aims to introduce delegates to a range of contemporary research projects and methodological issues and to allow students further exploration and discussion of research related issues. Our keynote speaker for the event will be Professor Gaby Weiner, who will be speaking about her recently published text: Deconstructing and Reconstructing Lives. The event will end with a mock viva, which will enable students an insight into this process of examination. A drinks reception will also be held after this session. Full details
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30 March 2013

(AHRC) Classical Persian Poetry & poets: The Timurid & Turkmen Periods - Dr Leonard Lewisohn

The workshop focuses on the life, works and thought of all major and some of the minor poets who flourished during in the late Mongol, Timurid and Trkmen periods (roughly the 14th-15th centuries) when most the models of classical Persian poetry were perfected, and during which many major Persian poets flourished. Participants will discuss and revisit the quite different conclusions regarding the decadence or deviance of the poets of this period that scholars have reached. Some of issues raised by the speakers will include: intertextuality in Persian poetry; bachannalian and wine symbolism; eroticism and doctrines of love; Ibn Arabis theomonism; development of poetic genres; and the politics of patronage on Persian poetry. Full details
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27 March 201317:15

'Women's situation and the women's movement in Kurdistan- Iraq' with Choman Hardi AND 'Gender, Resistance, and activism in the Palestinian Camps in Jordan' with Afaf Jabiri

Afaf Jabiri is a leading womens's rights activist in Jordan and across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), advocating for legal reform and policy change at the local, national and international levels. Jabiri holds MPhil degree in International Politics from University of Glasgow. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Centre for Gender Studies/School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Choman Hardi was born in Kurdistan and brought up in Iraq and Iran. She came to England as a refugee in 1993 where she was educated in Queens College Oxford (BA, Philosophy and psychology), University College London (MA, Philosophy) and University of Kent in Canterbury (PhD, Mental health). Full details
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26 March 201317:15

Syria's Islamists: re-construction through militarisation - Dr Thomas Pierret

Dr. Pierret earned his PhD in Political and Social Sciences at Sciences Po Paris and the Catholic University of Louvain (2009), funded by the Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (Belgium).He received his License in Modern History from the University of Lige (2001), his MA in International Politics from the Free University of Brussels (2002), and his MA in Comparative Politics (Muslim world) from Sciences Po Paris (2003).He attended a year-long intensive advanced Arabic language course at the French Institute of Damascus (2003-4).In 2010, he was a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University, Department of Near Eastern Studies.In 2011, he was a visiting fellow at the Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin. Full details
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20 March 201317:15

CANCELLED Persian Poems: The gestation of a book - Bruce Wannell and Robert Maxwell

CANCELLED due to unforeseen circumstances; sincere apologies: Bruce Wannell (traveller and linguist) and Robert Maxwell (poet) will introduce their new parallel text translation of Persian poems. Full details
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13 March 201317:15

Islam in Europe: Hospitality, Migrancy and Sovereignty - Professor Meyda Yegenoglu

Meyda Yegenoglu is a professor of Cultural Studies at Bilgi University, Istanbul-Turkey. She has held visiting appointments at Columbia University, Oberlin College, Rutgers University, New York University, University of Vienna and Oxford University. She is the author of Colonial Fantasies; Towards a Feminist Reading of Orientalism (Cambridge University Press,1998). She has numerous essays published in various journals and edited volumes such as Feminist Postcolonial Theory; Postcolonialism, Feminism and Religious Discourse; Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism; Postmodern Culture; Race and Ethnic Relations; Culture and Religion; Inscriptions; Religion and Gender; Handbook of Contemporary Social and Political Theory; State, Religion and Secularization; Feminism and Hospitality; Toplum ve Bilim; Defter; and Dou-Bat. Her latest book Islam, Migrancy, and Hospitality in Europe has recently come out. Full details
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8 March 201317:15

CANCELLED Muslims in Britain - Not 'People Like Us'? Dr Ghada Karmi

CANCELLED due to unforeseen circumstances. Full details
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6 March 201317:15

Pakistan as a Political Idea, Dr Faisal Devji

Dr Faisal Devji is University Reader in Modern South Asian History. He has held faculty positions at the New School in New York, Yale University and the University of Chicago, from where he also received his PhD in Intellectual History. Devji was Junior Fellow at the Society of Fellows, Harvard University, and Head of Graduate Studies at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London, from where he directed post-graduate courses in the Near East and Central Asia. He sits on the editorial board of the journal Public Culture Full details
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28 February 201317:15

Mona Siddiqui - Reflections on Jesus in Christian - Muslim Encounter

Mona Siddiqui joined the University of Edinburghs Divinity school in December 2011 as the first Muslim chair in Islamic and Interreligious Studies. Prior to this she was Professor of Islamic Studies at Glasgow University for 15 years where she directed the Centre for the Study of Islam. Her research areas are primarily in the field of Islamic jurisprudence and Christian-Muslim relations. Amongst her publications are Christians, Muslims and Jesus (Yale University Press, 2013), The Good Muslim: Reflections on Classical Islamic Law and Theology (Cambridge University Press, 2012), The Routledge Reader in Christian-Muslim Relations, (Routledge 2012) How to read the Quran (Granta 2007) as well as numerous articles and think pieces. She currently holds a visiting professorship at the universities of Utrecht and Tilburg and is an associate scholar at Georgetown University's Berkley Centre for Religion, Peace and World Affairs. In her public work she engages on issues of faith and ethics in society as a well known public intellectual. Professor Siddiqui is a regular commentator in print and broadcasting media, a frequent contributor to Thought for the day for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland and chairs the BBCs Religious Advisory Committee. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Royal Society of Arts and an honorary fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Scottish Architects in recognition of her public work in the UK. In 2011 she was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her contribution to interfaith services. She holds 3 honorary doctorates and currently serves as Assistant Principal for Religion and Society at Edinburgh University. Full details
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20 February 201317:15

Iran and the West : Slaying the Demons, Edward Chaplin

As international tension builds again over Iran's alleged drive for a nuclear weapon, former diplomat Edward Chaplin looks at the prospects for a peaceful resolution which might finally allow the normalisation of relations between Iran and the international community. He argues that such an outcome requires negotiations going well beyond the nuclear issue, and the rethinking by both Iran and the West of long held assumptions about each others' policies and motives Full details
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8 February 201317:15

Return of a King. The Battle for Afghanistan, William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple is the bestselling author of In Xanadu, City of Djinns, From the Holy Mountain, The Age of Kali, White Mughals, The Last Mughal and, most recently, Nine Lives. He has won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award, the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year Award, the French Prix dAstrolabe, the Wolfson Prize for History, the Scottish Book of the Year Award, the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize, the Asia House Award for Asian Literature, the Vodafone Crossword Award and has three times been long listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize. In 2012 he was appointed Whitney J. Oates Visiting Fellow in Humanities at Princeton University. He lives with his wife and three children on a farm outside Delhi Full details
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6 February 201317:15

Revolutions and Elite Factionalism in Egypt and Bahrain - Dr Laurence Louer

Laurence Louer is Research Fellow at CERI/SciencesPo in Paris. She has served as a permanent consultant for the Policy Planning Department of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (CAP ) since 2004 and as co-editor-in-chief of Critique internationale since 2006. Her research focuses on the politics of identity and ethnicity in the Middle East. Full details
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30 January 201317:15

Peace in Turkey, Dr Tim Jacoby

After graduating in History and working as a school teacher in Turkey and Nigeria, Dr Tim Jacoby won an Economic and Social Research Council scholarship for a MA in International Conflict Analysis at the University of Kent. From 1999 to 2003, he then completed his PhD and an Economic and Social Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Politics at the University of York. He joined the Institute for Development Policy & Management at the University of Manchester in 2003 where he is now Senior Lecturer in Conflict Studies. In 2009, he helped to found the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute at the University of Manchester. Tim Jacobys research initially focussed on state development in Turkey, but a particular interest in issues of minority identity and politics there has led him to study broader topics related to political violence, civil society, Islam, nationalism and post-conflict reconstruction. Full details
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23 January 201317:15

The Disease of Love.A Medical View of Infatuation in the Medieval Arab World.

Between 1999 and 2001 Dr Karmi was an Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, where she worked on a reconciliation project in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Most of her recent research has been on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and has appeared widely on the British and Arab media and also contributes articles on Middle Eastern subjects to the Arabic and British press. Full details
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10 December 201217:15

Dr Walid Saleh "The Hashiya as Intellectual History: A Reassessment of the History of Islamic Religious thought"

Walid Saleh was born in Colombia to immigrant Lebanese parents, who returned to the Middle East so the children would learn Arabic. Dr. Salehs undergraduate degree was at the American University of Beirut, in Arabic literature and language. In addition to his doctoral studies at Yale University in Islamic Studies, where he studied the Quran and its exegesis in medieval Islamic Civilization, Dr. Saleh also studied at Hamburg University. He had fellowships from the NEH, the American Research Center in Cairo, and the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. He was also awarded a three year fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Full details
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6 December 201217:00

Jerusalem - Story of a Contested City

Ghada Karmi is an honorary research fellow and an assistant lecturer at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies. Between 1999 and 2001 she was an Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, London, where she worked on a reconciliation project in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Most of her recent research has been on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and has appeared widely on the British and Arab media and also contributes articles on Middle Eastern subjects to the Arabic and British press. She is a Palestinian born in Jerusalem, but spent most of her life in Britain Full details
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5 December 201217:15

Maritime Cultural Heritage - Is it important? A perspective from the Gulf

Dr Lucy Blue is a senior lecture and director of the Centre for Maritime Archaeology at the University of Southampton. Dr Blue has worked as a maritime archaeologist for over twenty years and her research is largely focused around the eastern Mediterranean, Red Sea, Indian Ocean and the Arabian Gulf where she specialises in harbour archaeology, maritime ethnography, and maritime trade particularly through the lens of shipwreck archaeology and coastal landscapes. Besides co-directing a range of maritime archaeological projects in Egypt, India, Montenegro and the UAE, she has recently been engaged in developing capacity for maritime archaeology and coastal heritage in the Arab region (MAST Maritime Archaeological Stewardship Trust). Dr Blue is also passionate about communicating archaeology to wider audiences and is an active member, former chair and vice president of the Nautical Archaeology Society and was a presenter on the BBC series Oceans Full details
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28 November 201217:15

Persian influence on Sufi poetry in India and Pakistan

Christopher Shackle FBA is Emeritus Professor of Modern Languages of South Asia at SOAS, University of London. He originally graduated in Persian from the University of Oxford and has always maintained an interest in the Persian literature of India. Besides South Asian languages and literatures, particularly Panjabi and Urdu, the fields of his research have included Sikhism as well as Sufism in South Asia. His recent publications include Attar and the Persian Sufi Tradition (ed. with Leonard Lewisohn, 2006), besides a forthcoming translation of the Sufi lyrics of Bullhe Shah (2013). He is currently writing a study of two nineteenth-century Panjabi Sufi poets. Full details
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21 November 201217:15

CANCELLED Religious Freedom in Britain Today: The Boundaries Between Freedom of Conscience in Religion and Secularism

Due to the torrential rain causing transportation difficulties, Mehri Niknam is unable to make tonight's seminar and it has therefore had to be CANCELLED. It will be readvertised if it is possible to reschedule. Sincere apologies. Full details
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21 November 201213:00

Understanding Business for Social Scientists

We show how social sciences students can demonstrate business acumen to employers. Business awareness applies to a variety of careers- even teachers need commercial awareness! This session will provide the tools to enable you to discuss your understanding of business more confidently at interview. This event is part of a series of talks delivered by the Careers team in the College of Social Sciences and International studies. Full details
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15 November 201212:00

How to make a good impression with your application form to a law firm

Anup Vithlani, Graduate Recruitment Manager for Trowers and Hamlins will run through his "do's" and "don'ts" with application form writing.Trowers and Hamlins is an international law firm with offices in the UK, Middle East and South East Asia. See http://www.trowers.com/careers/students/ for information about their graduate recruitment schemes.Trowers and Hamlins are keen to meet Exeter students at this event to discuss recruitment to the firm. Following on from this talk, Anup will be available for around 45 minutes in the Institute of Arab and Islamic studies to discuss their graduate training schemes. You may be interested to know that the training contracts available in their Manchester and Exeter offices both involve working in the Middle East. Full details
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14 November 201217:15

Teaching the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - problems and rewards

Between 1999 and 2001 Dr Karmi was an Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, where she worked on a reconciliation project in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Most of her recent research has been on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and has appeared widely on the British and Arab media and also contributes articles on Middle Eastern subjects to the Arabic and British press. Full details
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14 November 201213:00

Women in the Qur an

Dr Samira Alkhawaldeh is a Joint Assistant Professor of Contemporary Islamic Thought and Comparative Literature at the University of Jordan in Amman. She is actively involved in Muslim women's affairs. She was on the board of the National Committee of the Jordanian Womens Federation and has represented the Jordanian government and NGOs at several international women conferences, including Beijing , Cairo and Tehran.She will be speaking on the changing of gender roles in the Quran. Full details
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9 November 201217:15

Sorani is a Dialiect with an Army and a Parliament: Political and Ideological Conflicts over the Officialization of the Kurdish Language in Iraq

Dr. Amir Hassanpour has taught communications and Middle Eastern studies at the University of Windsor, Concordia University and the University of Toronto. He is author of Nationalism and Language in Kurdistan, 1918-1985 (1992), and has contributed numerous articles on the Kurdish language and media to academic journals and reference works including Encyclopedia of Modern Asia, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Encyclopedia of Modern Middle East, Encyclopedia of Diasporas, Encyclopedia of Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity. His most recent work is co-editing and contributing to the International Journal of the Sociology of Language (Issue 217, 2012 on Kurdish) Full details
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7 November 201217:15

An Imaginary Anthropology: The Western Perception Of Afghanistan

Gilles Dorronsoro is professor of Political Sciences at the University Paris 1-Sorbonne. He is an expert on Afghanistan, Turkey, and South Asia. His research focuses on security and political development in Afghanistan, particularly the role of the International Security Assistance Force, the necessary steps for a viable government in Kabul, and the conditions necessary for withdrawal scenarios. Previously, he had been detached to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace where he is still a non resident scholar. He taught at the Institute of Political Studies of Rennes. He also served as the scientific coordinator at the French Institute of Anatolian Studies in Istanbul, Turkey. He is the co-founder and editor of South Asian Multidisciplinary Academic Journal and the European Journal of Turkish Studies. He is the author of Revolution Unending: Afghanistan, 1979 to the Present (Columbia University Press, 2005), and La rvolution afghane, des communistes aux Taleban (Karthala Publishers 2000), and editor of La Turquie conteste. Rgime scuritaire et mobilisations sociales (Editions du CNRS, 2005). He recently published an article entitled Waiting for the Taliban in Afghanistan, available at: https://www.carnegieendowment.org/2012/09/20/waiting-for-taliban-in-afghanistan/dvkr Full details
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31 October 201217:15

RESCHEDULED - Teaching the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - problems and rewards

Due to unforeseen circumstances this event has had to be cancelled and rescheduled to Wednesday the 14th of November at 17.15. Sincere apologies for the inconvenience. Full details
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31 October 201214:00

Careers in Translating - a panel discussion

The panel members are:Chair: Nesrin Amin http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/iais/staff/amin/Panel member: Paul Bickham from Sure Languages http://www.sure-languages.com/Panel member: Liz Harris, International Committee of the Red Cross sourcing delegate www.icrc.orgPanel member: Leslie McLoughlin http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/iais/staff/mcloughlin/Example questions: Q1. Why you went in to your career and how you got in the position you are currently in?Q2. What practical advice would you give to anyone interested in a career in translation?Q3. What postgraduate qualifications, if any, are needed to be a professional translator?Q4. How do you become a freelance translator? Full details
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30 October 201210:00

Talking to Terrorists - A Discussion with General (Retd) Sir Paul Newton

The College of Social Sciences and International Studies is offering an exciting opportunity for Politics and IAIS students who are interested in contemporary approaches to world security. Full details
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29 October 201215:00

Talking to Terrorists - A Discussion with General (Retd) Sir Paul Newton

The College of Social Sciences and International Studies is offering an exciting opportunity for Politics and IAIS students who are interested in contemporary approaches to world security. Full details
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24 October 201212:00

What job would suit me?

Careers consultant Tom McAndrew will talk through how you can find out what your strengths and weaknesses are, what skills and attributes you possess and how you can match them to potential careers. This event is part of a series of talks delivered by the Careers team in the College of Social Sciences and International studies. Full details
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16 October 201213:00

What Career can I do with a Social Sciences Degree?

Careers consultant Tom McAndrew will run through some of the ways you can research careers, find out what may suit you. This talk is aimed at penultimate and final year social sciences students - especially if you have no idea what you want to do! Materials will also be available. This event is part of a series of talks delivered by the Careers team in the College of Social Sciences and International studies. Full details
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6 - 8 September 20128:45

Second International Conference on Kurdish Studies The Kurds and Kurdistan: Considering Continuity and Change

Since our first international conference on Kurdish Studies in 2009, the States where Kurds live have seen tumultuous events. The Iranian elections and their aftermath have been followed by the protests in Iraq, anger over the referendum and elections in Turkey, and huge violence in Syria.As many ask whether the so-called Arab spring will bring change to the Middle East, we would like to interrogate the very ideas of continuity and change themselves across a number of disciplines. Does complete rupture ever occur in history? Does regime change bring real differences in peoples lives? When migration brings change to individuals and families, what continuity is maintained in order to re-produce identity? How does language change and how far should linguistic change be managed? How should we study cultural continuity which exists over ethnic boundaries and international frontiers? What have been the changes and continuities within the field of Kurdish studies itself? Full details
Peter ChalkAdd this to your calendar
10 May - 16 August 20129:00

Oliver Flexman: Making Plans for Friday

An exhibition exploring identity, cultural stereotypes and exchanges, which affect our perceptions and engagement with the Middle East. Full details
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4 May 201217:00

A talk by Joseph Massad

Followed by a film screening and Q&A with curator Alia Arasoughly -'The Spring of Young Palestinian Women Filmakers' Full details
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28 March 201217:15

In quest of Simorgh:a reading of The Conference of the Birds

A talk by Dr Leili Anvar Full details
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15 March 201217:15

The reconstruction of the countryside in the Kurdistan region in Turkey

A talk by Joost Jongerden Full details
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13 March 201217:15

Book Launch - Encountering Islam: Joseph Pitts: An English Slave in 17th Century Algiers and Mecca

Author Paul Auchterlonie will be talking about his new book Full details
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7 March 201217:15

Why Middle East Studies Missed the Arab Spring

The Institute of Arab & Islamic Studies is pleased to present a talk by Professor Gregory Gause Full details
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29 February 201217:15

Working as a linguist for the International Committee of the Red Cross: the inside story

A talk by Liz Harris from the ICRC Full details
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22 February 201217:00

Hajj:Journey to the Heart of Islam - Exhibition at the British Museum

A talk by Qaisar Khan - Project Curator at the British Museum Full details
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21 February 201218:30

Talk by Jerome Starkey - Times Afghanistan Correspondent

A talk about his experiences in Afghanistan Full details
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20 February 201218:00

Iranian Film Festival

Iranian Film Festival Full details
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1 February 201213:30

Central Asian Studies seminar series.

Our first Central Asian Studies seminar series of the year will be:'Of national fathers and Russian elder brothers: conspiracy theories and political ideas in post-Soviet Central Asia' Full details
Amory A239CAdd this to your calendar
26 January 201218:30

The Portrait of a Nation in Poetry and Music

Concert by Prominent Kurdish Harpist Tara Jaff Full details
Reed HallAdd this to your calendar
26 January 201214:40

The Portrait of a Nation in Poetry and Music

Workshop on Kurdish Poetry Full details
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25 January 201217:00

From Islamic to Contemporary? The visual Arts in the Arab World and the Missing Modernity

A talk by Silvia Naef Full details
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18 January 201217:00

The Turkish carpet in Britain: The identity, material culture and meaning of an Islamic item

A talk by Angela Sutton-Vane MRes Full details
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10 January 201217:00

Shirin Ebadi will be talking about her work in the fields of human rights and Islamic law

Shirin Ebadi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003, in recognition of her courageous work as a lawyer and human rights activist, defending in particular the rights of women, children, and critics of the Iranian regime.She trained as a lawyer in the time of the Shah, and served as a judge before the 1979 revolution (the first female judge ever appointed in Iran), but after the Islamic revolution was prevented from doing so by a ruling that women could not be judges. For many years she was unable to practice as a lawyer at all, but began to do so again in 1992. In the later 90s she represented several victims of injustice, including the families of Darioush Foruhar and Parvaneh Eskandari (murdered by members of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security). After the award of the Nobel prize in 2003, the Iranian regimes response was grudging (in November 2009 Dr Ebadi announced that the prize itself had been removed from a bank security box by regime officials while she was in London). She continued to defend victims of regime oppression, including members of the Bahai faith that the Iranian regime regard as apostates from Islam. In 2008 her offices were attacked and eventually closed down, and threats were made against her daughter, Nargess. But in the time of the Bush administration in the US, she also spoke out against talk of forcing regime change on Iran, and defended Irans right to a civil nuclear programme. At the time of the disputed elections of 2009 Dr Ebadi was outside Iran, and was advised not to return. Since then she has lived abroad, mainly in London. Full details
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10 January 201217:00

Human Rights in Iran

Shirin Ebadi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003, in recognition of her courageous work as a lawyer and human rights activist, defending in particular the rights of women, children, and critics of the Iranian regime.She trained as a lawyer in the time of the Shah, and served as a judge before the 1979 revolution (the first female judge ever appointed in Iran), but after the Islamic revolution was prevented from doing so by a ruling that women could not be judges. For many years she was unable to practice as a lawyer at all, but began to do so again in 1992. In the later 90s she represented several victims of injustice, including the families of Darioush Foruhar and Parvaneh Eskandari (murdered by members of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security). After the award of the Nobel prize in 2003, the Iranian regimes response was grudging (in November 2009 Dr Ebadi announced that the prize itself had been removed from a bank security box by regime officials while she was in London). She continued to defend victims of regime oppression, including members of the Bahai faith that the Iranian regime regard as apostates from Islam. In 2008 her offices were attacked and eventually closed down, and threats were made against her daughter, Nargess. But in the time of the Bush administration in the US, she also spoke out against talk of forcing regime change on Iran, and defended Irans right to a civil nuclear programme. At the time of the disputed elections of 2009 Dr Ebadi was outside Iran, and was advised not to return. Since then she has lived abroad, mainly in London. Full details
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7 December 201117:15

The Invention of the Land of Israel

Shlomo Sand studied history at the University of Tel Aviv and at the cole des hautes tudes en sciences sociales, in Paris. He currently teaches contemporary history at the University of Tel Aviv. Full details
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3 December 20119:00

Legacy of Rumi (d. 1273) in Later Islamic Philosophy and Poetry

Various speakers Full details
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11 October 201117:15

Humanitarian Intervention: Lessons from the Past Two Decades

Richard Caplan is Professor of International Relations and Official Fellow of Linacre College. He also serves as Director of the Centre for International Studies (CIS), University of Oxford. His principal research interests are concerned with international organisations and conflict management. Full details
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3 September - 11 November 20119:00

Lasting Impressions: Seals from the Islamic World

A travelling photographic exhibition from the British Library and the British Museum, which explores how Islamic seals were made and used, what was written on them and how they were decorated. Full details
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