Past research seminars

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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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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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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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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
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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
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26 January 201218:30

The Portrait of a Nation in Poetry and Music

Concert by Prominent Kurdish Harpist Tara Jaff Full details
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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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Past seminars

  • 10th January 2012 - Dr Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize winner, delivered a stimulating lecture on human rights in Iran
    Recording available here.
  • 12 May 2010 - Christopher Davidson (Durham University)
     “The Survival of the Gulf Shaikhs in the 21st Century”
  • 2 June 2010 - Dr Derek Kennett (Durham University)
    “Current Agendas in the Archaeology of Indian Ocean Trade”
  • 9 June 2010 - Dr. Karin van Nieuwkerk (Nijmegen University)
    "Pious performances and performing piety in Egypt"
    Chair: Caitlin McDonald
  • 16 June 2010 - Manuela E. B. Giolfo
    “The Arab Musical System” (Seminar & Arab Traditional Music Concert with Ensemble