Public lectures

Listed below are forthcoming seminars in the Institute of Arab & Islamic Studies. See also the seminars for all of SSIS.

Any SSIS staff or postgrads may always attend. Anyone else should contact the department or the centre in question.

Please also see individual research centre sites for other events.

We hold a mailing list for all forthcoming events if you wish to be added to this list please email z.jennings@exeter.ac.uk.

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19 October - 22 December 2017

The Worlds of Mandaean Priests

Mandaeans, sometimes called Sabians, practise an ancient and endangered religion. Conflict in the Middle East has forced them out of their homelands in Iraq and Iran in ever greater numbers. Although Mandaeans depend on their priests for preserving religious knowledge and performing complex rituals, fewer than 50 priests now remain worldwide. We have interviewed priests, recorded the key rituals and shot documentary films in the largest communities of Australia and Sweden. Full details
The StreetAdd this to your calendar
19 October 2017

The Worlds of Mandaean Priests - Documenting an Endangered Religion

You are warmly invited to the opening reception of the exhibition with a chance to view documentary films and hear an introductory talk by Professor Christine Robins. Full details
The StreetAdd this to your calendar
25 October 2017

Perspectives on Work in the Aid and Development industry

Join our speaker, Yasamin Alttahir, for an informal discussion on the challenges and opportunities of working in the aid and development sector. You will gain an insight of the practicalities of working across a broad range of jobs that make up the Development industry. Yasamin Alttahir is project manager of a counter ISIS communications project based in Baghdad and has a decade of experience working in the government, NGO and private sectors within the MENA region and beyond.. Full details
Amory C417Add this to your calendar
25 October 2017

“Imagining a Peaceful Iraq: visions of stability after ISIS from policy to popular culture”

What challenges do the Iraqi people face in imagining a peaceful society after the onslaught of the so-called Islamic state and almost 80 years of instability? Yasamin Alttahir, project manager of a counter ISIS communications project based in Baghdad, explores the experiences of trauma and insecurity from an Iraqi perspective and poses the question of how meaningful reconciliation and stability could be imagined. This seminar will offer a glimpse from a first-hand account at how Iraqis are articulating not only their pain and frustration, but also their vision of peace and unity through art and popular culture. It will also examine recent research on political participation, economic reform and human rights. No registration required.. Full details
IAIS Building/LT1Add this to your calendar
26 October 2017

Careers talk by Alaco

Alaco is a leading business intelligence firm. Adrian Stones, Director of Operations, is visiting to speak primarily to students in the Institute of Arab and Islamic studies about opportunities for Arabic language students at Alaco. Full details
Physics Building Room 124Add this to your calendar
27 October 2017

Yemen: From War to Famine

Public event, no registration required. Full details
Reed HallAdd this to your calendar
28 October 2017

"The University under Fire: Academic Freedom and Production of Knowledge in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia"

A one-day workshop on academic freedom. Full details
IAIS Building/LT1Add this to your calendar
5 December 2017

"The Route to China: A Seaborne Exploration in Medieval Islam"

This is the first lecture under the auspices of the new Centre for Islamic Archaeology of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies. Full details
IAIS Building/LT1Add this to your calendar

Past seminars

Details of past seminars can be found here.