The Institute holds the Gulf Conference and a seminar and lecture series featuring distinguished scholars and public figures from the Islamic world and the West.

The Street Gallery is a dedicated exhibition space within the Institute building and hosts a wide and varied exhibition programme.

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30 June 201812:00

Exeter Respect Festival

The Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies will be presenting a diverse programme of activities focusing on the Middle East from 12:00 until 19:00 on Saturday 30 June at Exeter Respect Festival at Belmont Park in the City Centre.. Full details
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2 - 3 July 2018

30th Exeter Gulf Conference

This year we celebrate the 30th Gulf Conference at the University of Exeter. Taking this as an occasion to reflect on the state of our field, the aim of this Conference is to explore the identity and viability of the very notion of Gulf Studies. Full details
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5 July 201817:30

Exhibition launch: Masked Faces: Untold Stories from the Arabian-Persian Gulf

Manami Goto, a PhD student at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, presents this new exhibition for Summer 2018. The female face mask, regionally known as burquʿ or baṭūla, is a part of the traditional but disappearing material culture of the Arabian-Persian Gulf. Each face mask is handmade to fit the wearer’s face and conveys an intricate amount of socio-cultural detail about the wearer. The shape, colour, material, design, and embroidery are selected depending on the wearer’s age, origin, marital status, ethnicity, religious or tribal affiliation, number of children, and socio-economic status. Wearing the face mask is also strongly associated with honour, piety, and pride. Through the presentation of material collections and photographs of masked women, this exhibition intends to shed light on the women in the region and their intimate and unique relationship with their masks. Full details
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