Audio/Video Recordings from Previous Events and Talks

All forthcoming events within the Institute can be found here.


23rd March 2015 Dr Talmiz Ahmad 'West Asia Four Years After The Arab Spring: Challenges for Indian Diplomacy’

19th March 2014 Frank Gardner Interview with Prof Robert Gleave

Frank Gardner - What became of the Arab Spring?

18th March Prof Hans Daiber (Frankfurt University)

Humanism In Islam or Islamic Humanism?

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.

15th January 2014 Dr Ghada Karmi (Honorary Research Fellow, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, Exeter University)

Muslims in Britian.  Not “People Like us”?

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.

22nd January 2014 Dr Laurent Bonnefoy (Centre d’études et de recherches internationales, Sciences Po, Paris)

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 analyze the debates unfolding in the Salafi field and will highlight how these are meaningful if one wants to understand contemporary dynamics in Yemen."

29th January 2014 Prof Guy Standing (SOAS)

The 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.

5th February 2014 Dominic Casciani ( BBC News Correspondent)

Terrorism, security and the 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.

19th February 2014

Dr Uri Davis - The Next Steps for Palestine at the UN.

Video recording from the event

Key Note Document.