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20 February 201917:15

Professor Jaakko Hameen-Anttila (Edinburgh University) presents the talk "From Middle Persian to Arabic, from Arabic to Persian: notes on first-millennium translations"

Jaakko Hameen-Anttila earned his PhD in 1994 from the University of Helsinki. He was Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies in the same University from 2000 to 2016. Currently, since 2016 he is the Iraq Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He has published extensively on Classical Arabic literature, Arab-Islamic cultural history, and cultural contacts between Iran and the Arabs. Full details
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13 February 201917:15

Professor Jordi Tejel, (Institut d'Histoire, Universite de Neuchatel) presents the talk "States of Rumours: Information Orders in the Turkish-Syrian Borderland, 1929-1945"

Dr Tejel was a Post-doctoral Fellow (2006-2008) at the School of Oriental and African Studies (London) and at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (Paris). He was then Lecturer at the University of Fribourg and Research Professor (2010-2016) at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva) where he led a research project on “minority” conflicts in the Middle East. Since September 2017, Dr Tejel is Adjunct Professor at the University of Neuchâtel (History Department) where he leads a research programme funded by the European Research Council (ERC, Consolidator Grant) titled ‘Towards a Decentred History of the Middle East: Transborder Spaces, Circulations, and Frontier Effects in the Middle East (1920-1946)’.. Full details
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13 February 201915:30

Seminar Series - 'Religious decline in the West: Unravelling age, period and cohort effects'

Old people tend to be more religious than young people, and Western societies today are less religious than they were in the past. Scholars disagree, though, about what’s changing and why.. Full details
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12 February 201917:30

Professor Aaron Hughes (University of Rochester, NY) presents the talk "The Shi'a are the Jews of our Umma: Rethinking Alterity in Medieval Islam"

Aaron W. Hughes is the Philip S. Bernstein Chair in the Dept. of Religion and Classics at the University of Rochester, NY. He specializes in the intersection of Jews and Muslims from late antiquity to the present. Recent books include Shared Identities: Medieval and Modern Imaginings of Judeo-Islam (Oxford 2017) and Muslim and Jew: Origins, Growth, Resentment (Routledge, 2019). Full details
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6 February 201917:15

Dr Nora Parr (SOAS, London) presents "How do you say 'trauma' in Arabic? When critical terms cross uneven contexts"

Nora Parr is OWRI/AHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Creative Multilingualism’s Strand 5 on World Literature. She teaches Arabic Literature and Palestine Studies at SOAS, University of London.. Full details
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30 January 201911:30

Dr Rana Jawad (University of Bath) presents "Critical Policy Analysis and Social Protection in the Global South: A view from the MENA Region"

Rana Jawad is a senior lecturer in social policy at the University of Bath. She is founder and convenor of the MENA social policy network. She has extensive academic and policy-oriented research expertise on social policy issues in the MENA region focusing in particular on the institutional and political analysis of welfare systems there. In addition, she has an interest in current debates around social protection and non-contributory social assistance programmes, as well as the wider influence of religion on social policy. Full details
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24 January 201917:30

Miko Peled, renowned author and human rights activist, presents "Justice, Freedom and Equality, the Keys for Peace in Palestine"

Miko Peled is the author of "The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine", an epilogue about a self-reflective journey that changed his life and his long-held assumptions about Palestinians. His journey began following a family tragedy and the death of his niece Smadar by a Palestinian suicide bomber. In this book, Miko talks about his fears and concerns when deciding to meet Palestinians for the first time. His honest account reflects the emotional dilemmas he went through that led to reconsidering his beliefs about the other.. Full details
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23 January 201917:15

Dr Estella Carpi (University College London) presents "From Livelihoods to Leisure: Upending Refugee Self-Reliance and Urban Humanitarianism in Lebanon"

Estella Carpi is a Research Associate in the Migration Research Unit, Department of Geography (University College London). She is currently working on southern-led humanitarian responses to displacement from Syria (ERC project no. 541123). She received her PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Sydney (Australia), researching humanitarianism in Lebanon. She has been working on humanitarian aid provision, welfare, forced migration and identity politics for several institutions in Egypt, Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates. Full details
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17 January 201914:00

IAIS Gulf Seminar: Short films from the Gulf: screenings with Sheyma Buali

We are pleased to welcome Sheyma Buali, who will be leading the session. Sheyma works across the spectrum of cultural production and film exhibition and is currently Director of the BBC Arabic Festival and Head Programmer of the London Palestine Film Festival. Prior to this, as an arts and film journalist, Sheyma was Commissioning Editor for Ibraaz channel and Creative Time Reports and Culture Correspondent for Asharq AlAwsat.. Full details
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15 January 201915:00

40 years on, what should we think about the Revolution of 1979 in Iran? With Some Thoughts on Implications in the Present

Tea and coffee will be served from 14:45 in the IAIS Common Room. Everyone is very welcome to attend. Full details
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12 December 201817:15

Professor Neha Vora (Lafayette College) presents "American Universities, Liberalism and Transnational Qatar"

Neha Vora is Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology & Sociology at Lafayette College. Her research and teaching interests include migration, citizenship, higher education, South Asian and Muslim diasporas, gender, liberalism, political economy, and the state, in the Arabian Peninsula region and in the United States. She is the author of Impossible Citizens: Dubai’s Indian Diaspora (Duke University Press, 2013) and Teach for Arabia: American Universities, Liberalism, and Transnational Qatar (Stanford University Press, 2018). Full details
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6 December 201817:15

Dr Carlos Cabrera-Tejedor (Oxford University) presents "The Seville Islamic Harbor"

Carlos has a diverse and multi-disciplinary background. He started as a conservator, completing two bachelor's degrees, one in Fine Arts Restoration and the other in Archaeological Conservation. He has also completed a Master of Arts degree in Nautical Archaeology from Texas A&M University and worked as a project and research associate at the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA). Full details
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4 December 201815:30

Seminar Series - 'From riot police to tweets: How world leaders use social media during contentious politics'

Elite communication has the potential to influence public opinion, civil conflict, and diplomatic interactions. However, a comparative study of leaders' public rhetoric has proven elusive due to the difficulties of developing comparable measures across countries and over time. The advent of social media sites, and its widespread adoption by world leaders, offers a unique new source of data to overcome these challenges. Full details
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14 November 201815:30

Seminar Series - 'Connected networks, wellbeing and the power of representation: Qualitative and quantitative evidence from Facebook and social network data'

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15 October 201811:00

The Tyranny of Distance: Assessing and Explaining the Apparent Decline in U.S. Military Performance

This is the first in a series of Q-Step Seminar talks for Autumn 2018. The talk will address the growing sense that U.S. military effectiveness has been on the wane in recent years. Is this the case? If so, what are the reasons for the decay in American combat performance?. Full details
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23 March 201813:00

Centre for the Study of Islam Research Seminar "Centre and Periphery in Muslim Minority Studies"

We welcome Professor Philipp Bruckmayr from the University of Vienna. Professor Bruckmayr works on Muslim communities in the Indian subcontinent and East Asia. His work covers intellectual history, Muslim community relations, and Muslims living in minority contexts. He was ERASMUS fellow here in Exeter earlier this term, and we welcome him back for this workshop. Full details
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30 November 201717:15

Visiting speaker: Shir Hever

The Privatisation of Israeli Security. Full details
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29 November 201717:15

Visiting speaker: Alexandra Hyde

The present tense of Afghanistan: British Army wives, the combat zone and the home. Full details
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21 November 201717:15

Visiting speaker: Saeed ZarrabiI-Zadeh

Sufism: An Outsider Perspective.. Full details
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13 October 201713:30

Current PhD and Post-Doctoral Research in the Centre for Islamic Archaeology

You are very welcome to come and listen to a number of current IAIS PhD and Research Fellows who will be giving presentations on their research. 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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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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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 201417:00

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 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 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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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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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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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: 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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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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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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