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15 October 202116:00

Exeter-Habib Conversations: conversations in Postcolonial Islamic Spiritualties

Babak Rahimi (UC San Diego) Writing Muharram: Imperial Cultures and Cultural Representations of Shiʿi Iran, 1687–1879. Full details
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15 October 202112:00

IAIS PGR/Staff Research Seminars 2021: Charlotte Littlewood and Rob Gleave

Join us for this series of staff/student research sharing events. Full details
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14 October 202116:00

Routes Conversation: Is the asylum system fit for purpose for Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity (SOGI) claimants?

Routes Conversation: Is the asylum system fit for purpose for Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity (SOGI) claimants? with Raawiyah Rifath (Lecturer in Law and PhD Candidate, University of Exeter) and Prof. Nuno Ferreira (Professor of Law, University of Sussex). Full details
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13 October 202114:00

Wednesday CSI lunchtime seminar

Alex Hainy-Khaleeli, “Exhuming the Graveyard of Empires: Imperialism and the History of Afghanistan” and Jewel Jalil, “The Consolidation of the Ḥanbalī law school between 4th/10th – 6th/12th centuries”. Full details
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8 October 202116:00

Exeter-Habib Conversations: conversations in Postcolonial Islamic Spiritualties

Cyrus Zargar (University of Central Florida) “Words on Screen: Islamic Ethics, Modernity, and the Films of Majid Majidi”: in conversation with Sajjad Rizvi (IAIS).. Full details
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7 October 202117:00

Dr. Elham Fakhro "The Abraham Accords: One Year On"

Visiting Speaker event (Visiting Scholar, Centre for Gulf Studies). Full details
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6 October 202117:30

Inaugural Lecture: Professor Nahyan Fancy (DePauw University)

Lecture title: "Knowing the Signs of Disease:Tracking the Evolving Understandings of Plague in Islamic Societies, 700–1300". Full details
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6 October 202112:30

Wednesday CSI lunchtime seminar

Geoffrey Hughes: "The Chastity Society and the Moral Claims of Mass Weddings in Contemporary Islamic Movements".. Full details
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4 October 202117:00

CSI’S Monday Majlis : Professor Ahmed el-Shamsy (Chicago University)

The CSI Monday Majlis is a Monday evening, online event, where invited speakers present on aspects of their current research. This may be a book they have recently published, a new project they are working on, or an exciting new potential avenue of Islamic studies research.. Full details
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31 July 20219:00

Green(ing) mosques : Experiences and experiments from Southeast Asia and the UK

Please join us for this webinar on Saturday 31 July 9-12.15 BST on how mosques in Southeast Asia (Malaysia and Indonesia) and in the UK are approaching environmental sustainability both in terms of the built environment and of attitudes/behaviours. Full details
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12 July 202114:15

Narrating Relationships in Holy Lives

http://blogs.exeter.ac.uk/narratingholylives/. Full details
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7 July 202114:00

South West Doctoral Training Programme (SWDTP): Secondary analysis of cross-national, comparative survey data webinar

Those completing PhD research over the past 16 months may have had to develop new strategies for conducting comparative research because travel to other countries has not been possible. Full details
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30 June 202117:00

POSTPONED AUISxExeter Talks: Curating Kurdishness, Arts, Culture, and the Archive in Kurdistan and Beyond

Sarwar Taha, Slemani UNESCO City of Literature. Shaima Waseem, Director of Slemani Capital of Culture. Shamal Abu Baker, Slemani Governorate's private office. Panel title: to be confirmed. Full details
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30 June 202115:30

CSI Research Afternoon

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30 June - 2 July 20219:30

ASYFAIR Virtual conference Adjudicating Refugee Claims in Practice: Advocacy and Experience at Asylum Court Appeals

We have an exciting programme about various aspects of asylum and refugee status determination by international speakers, including judges, lawyers and researchers. The conference programme and other details are available on our website: https://asyfair.com/output/events/asyfair-conference-2021/ Registration is free, and will be open from 4 May until 16 June 2021. Please click on the link to register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/asyfair-conference-2021-adjudicating-refugee-claims-in-practice-registration-152681682021. Full details
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29 June 202114:00

IAIS PGR Research Seminars 2021

All students and staff are welcome to attend. Full details
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28 June 202118:00

'Voices from Gaza'

An ECPS event. Full details
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25 June 202112:00

IAIS PGR Research Seminars 2021

All students and staff are welcome to attend. Full details
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24 June 202117:00

Exeter-Habib Seminars on Islam after Colonialism: Dard Neuman (UC Santa Cruz)

Heterodoxy and the Politics of the Popular in post 1857 Hindustani Music. Full details
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23 June 202117:00

A Model Court For Migrant Children

Webinar to refine and develop proposals for A Model Court For Migrant Children, Chaired by Baroness Helena Kennedy of the Shaws. Full details
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22 June 202115:00

Oral tradition, language, and Kurdish art

Panel discussion: oral tradition, language, and Kurdish art. Full details
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21 June 202118:00

Shubbak Festival - 'Bringing Images Home'

A new generation of poets from Slemani. Full details
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18 June 202115:00

Book Launch : Women's Voices from Kurdistan: A Selection of Kurdish Poetry

Editors Farangis Ghaderi, Clemence Scalbert-Yücel and Yaser Hassan Ali. Full details
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16 June 202117:00

POSTPONED: AUISxExeter Talks: Curating Kurdishness, Arts, Culture, and the Archive in Kurdistan and Beyond

Behrooz Chamanara and Hersh Sherzad, Professors at the University of Kurdistan in Sanandaj: "Researching Kurdish Folklore in Rojhelat". Full details
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16 June 202112:30

Wednesday CSI lunchtime seminar

Pooya Razavian (Birmingham): Motahari: On Rights, Capabilities, and Moral Ontology. Full details
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15 June 202117:00

A talk By Dr Mohammed Hashim Ghosheh (recipient of the King Faisal Prize in 2020)

The Islamic Art and Architecture of al-Aqsa Mosque, the Haram al-Sharif. Full details
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14 June 202116:00

Conversations about Kurdistan and Palestine, Rurality, rural lives, and alternative futures

Speakers: Rafeef Ziadah, SOAS University and Deniz Duruiz, from Buffett Institute for Global Studies, Northwestern University Chair: Clémence Scalbert, University of Exeter.. Full details
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14 June 202113:00

University of Exeter Workshop on Media and UK Elections

The British Election Longitudinal News Study 2015-2019 (BELNS) covers campaign coverage relating to three general elections: 2015, 2017, 2019. Full details
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11 June 202112:00

IAIS PGR Research Seminars 2021

All students and staff are welcome to attend. Full details
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10 June 202118:00

A conversation with Paul Gilroy and Ilan Pappé

Histories for the Future. Full details
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10 June 202117:00

Exeter-Habib Seminars on Islam after Colonialism: Margrit Pernau (Max Planck, Berlin)

Longing for the Past: Bahadur Yar Jung and the Masculinization of Islamic History. Full details
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9 June 202116:00

Routes Conversation Why should colonial histories be central to the study of migration and what does taking this seriously really mean? with Dr Lucy Mayblin and Dr Luke de Noronha

Routes conversations are monthly meetings where two scholars or activists from different disciplines discuss a migration question from their different perspectives. In this conversation Dr Lucy Mayblin, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at The University of Sheffield and Dr Luke de Noronha, Lecturer in Race, Ethnicity and Postcolonial Studies at UCL will have a conversation on 'Why should colonial histories be central to the study of migration and what does taking this seriously really mean?'. Full details
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8 June 202117:00

Kurdish Translations of World Literature

The panel will be conducted in Kurdish (different dialects), Q&A in Kurdish and English, and will be chaired by Professor Jaffer Sheyholislami. Full details
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8 June 202114:00

Watercraft of the Islamicate World Lecture Series: All the Pasha’s Boats: Nile Boats during Late Ottoman Egypt

Ziad Morsy. Full details
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2 June 202117:00

AUISxExeter Talks: Curating Kurdishness, Arts, Culture, and the Archive in Kurdistan and Beyond

Jon Bullock, Musicologist at the University of Chicago and former researcher in residence at Kashkul:"Dengî Gelî Kurdistan: Kurdish Radio in 20th-Century Iraq". Full details
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2 June 202117:00

Wednesday CSI seminar

Ali Fares presents: The Three Yaqīn: Shaykh ʿAli Nūr al-Dīn al-Yashrūṭī’s Approach to Knowledge, Vision and Truth of Certainty. Full details
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2 June 202114:00

Women Candidates Use More Positive Language than Men Candidates in Political Campaigns

Dr Akitaka Matsuo will be presenting his work with Tiffany Barnes, Charles Crabtree and Yoshikuni Ono. What explains the type of electoral campaign run by politicians? Prior work shows that parties strategically manipulate the level of emotive language used in their campaigns based on their incumbency status, their policy position, and objective economic conditions ... Full details
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1 June 202118:00

Understanding the Situation in Palestine: An Introduction' event by ECPS

We'll be discussing the history of Palestine and Israel, the ongoing situation and the steps that can be taken towards a better future. Full details
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1 June 202111:00

Watercraft of the Islamicate World Lecture Series: A Vietnamese anchorage for Indian Ocean merchants during the Maritime Silk Route period.

Jun Kimur and Ian McCann. Full details
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28 May 202112:00

Postponed until 11th June: IAIS PGR Research Seminars 2021

All students and staff welcome to attend. Full details
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27 May 202118:00

A conversation with Nadine El-Enany and Ilan Pappé

On colonial violence & anticolonial resistance. Full details
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27 May 202117:00

Exeter-Habib Seminars on Islam after Colonialism: Akbar Hyder (Texas)

All Alone in Lucknow: Yagana the Ghalib-breaker. Full details
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26 May 202118:00

Exploring the New Regional Dynamics of the Middle East

This is the fifth signature event of the Ten Years On: Mass Protests and Uprisings in the Arab World Project. Full details
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26 May 202117:00

CSI Evening Lecture

Professor Sean Roberts (Director, International Development Studies, George Washington University, Washington, USA) will present on: The War on the Uyghurs: China’s Campaign against Xinjiang’s Muslims. Full details
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26 May 202116:30

Palestine is a Feminist and a Decolonial Issue

Come join us for the virtual Teach-In, Palestine is a Feminist and a Decolonial Issue. Full details
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26 May 202114:00

Negativity in Politicians' Communication during Campaign and Regular Times

Bruno Castanho Silva, Lennart Schürmann, and Sven-Oliver Proksch While research on the tone of politicians' rhetoric has picked up steam in recent years, almost all of our knowledge on factors that influence negativity is based on political communication during electoral campaigns. Full details
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25 May 202115:00

Kurdish Translations of World Literature

A panel discussion on Kurdish Translations of World Literature with participation of Kurdish authors and translators. Full details
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25 May 202114:00

Watercraft of the Islamicate World Lecture Series: The Umm Lajj Ottoman merchant ship in context

Prof. Chiara Zazzaro (University of Naples 'l'Orientale'). Full details
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24 May 202116:00

Conversations about Kurdistan and Palestine, Rurality, rural lives, and alternative futures

Speakers: Schluwa Sama, University of Exeter and Mauro Van Aken, University of Milano-Bicocca. Chair: Fadia Panosetti, ULB.. Full details
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20 May 202117:00

Exeter-Habib Seminars on Islam after Colonialism: Nur Sobers-Khan (MIT)

Mass-producing the Cosmos: Colonial Patronage and Print Technologies in 19th-century Divination Literature in South Asia. Full details
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19 May 202117:00

Arabic Text Seminar

Saiyad Nizamuddin Ahmed (HRF, Exeter) will lead the discussion on the Fuṣūṣ al-ḥikam of Ibn ʿArabī (d. 1240). Full details
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19 May 202114:00

A Cross-National Analysis of the Effect of Parties' Characteristics on Affective Polarization and Interpersonal Trust

This paper uses multilevel models to investigate how parties influence affective polarization and interpersonal trust in multiparty systems. Full details
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18 May 202114:00

Watercraft of the Islamicate World Lecture Series: Materials, techniques and technology of medieval watercraft of the western Indian Ocean.

Dr Alessandro Ghidoni (University of Exeter). Full details
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18 May 202113:00

CSI in association with the ECPS hosts: Dr Kenny Schmitt (Al-Quds Bard College) - Living Islam in Jerusalem Today: The Disruption of Religious Practice under Settler Colonialism

The Centre for the Study of Islam in association with the European Centre for Palestine Studies is pleased to present this timely lecture and discussion Dr Kenny Schmitt (Al-Quds Bard College). Full details
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13 May 202112:00

POSTPONED: IAIS PGR Research Seminars 2021

All students and staff welcome to attend. Full details
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12 May 202118:00

A conversation with Yanis Varoufakis and Ilan Pappé: On crisis and disobedience

This is the fourth conversation seminar in this series, organised by the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, the European Centre for Palestine Studies and the Exeter Decolonising Network. Full details
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12 May 202114:00

When (not) to trust the overlap in confidence intervals: A practical guide

Researchers often aim to compare estimates across groups. For an intuitive and compact presentation of empirical results, many practitioners prefer reporting group-specific estimates instead of pairwise differences, and subsequently seek to infer the statistical significance of pairwise differences from the confidence intervals of the group-specific estimates. Full details
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12 May 202112:30

Wednesday CSI lunchtime seminar

An informal session just before Eid to discuss what we have done and what we might do and an update on the CSI role within the growing global partnerships of the IAIS. Full details
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11 May 202114:00

Watercraft of the Islamicate World Lecture Series: Red Sea Arabia: Medieval coastal landscape and seascape in al-Maqdisῑ 10th-century geography

Prof. Dionisius A Agius (University of Exeter). Full details
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6 May 202117:00

Exeter-Habib Seminars on Islam after Colonialism: Sarah Waheed (Davidson College)

Hidden Histories of Pakistan: Censorship, Literature, and Secular Nationalism in Late Colonial India. Full details
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5 May 202116:00

Routes Event: Precarious protection: Inside Europes Asylum Appeals with Dr Nick Gill

This will be an informal talk outlining some of the findings from a set of ethnographies of asylum appeals in France, Germany, the UK, Belgium and Austria conducted over the last few years by researchers at Exeter University as part of the ASYFAIR project. It will examine why asylum appeals are important, but also some of the challenges they encounter on the ground. It will raise concerns about the superficiality and (in)accessibility of legal protection via asylum appeals, and use this to reflect on some of the problematics of refugee protection more broadly. Full details
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5 May 202112:30

Arabic Text Seminar

Luca Patrizi will lead on the discussion on adab in Bayān al-Ḥāja ilā al-Ṭibb wa al-aṭibbā’ wa-ādābihim wa-waṣāyāhim of Quṭb al-Dīn al-Shirāzī. Full details
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4 May 202111:00

Watercraft of the Islamicate World lecture series: Aspects of design and function in traditional boats of Oman.

Dr Tom Vosmer (University of Western Australia). Full details
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29 April 202118:00

A conversation with Judith Butler and Ilan Pappe: On humanity, violence and imagination

This is the third conversation seminar in this series, organised by the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, the European Centre for Palestine Studies and the Exeter Decolonising Network. Full details
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29 April 202117:00

Exeter-Habib Seminars on Islam after Colonialism: Anand Vivek Taneja (Vanderbilt)

The (Critical) Edge of Tradition: Understanding Ghalib as Wali in Contemporary Delhi. Full details
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29 April 202115:00

Panel Discussion: 'Translation and Language Revitalisation: Global Kurdish Literature'

A conversation with scholars and translators of Kurdish literature into Polish, Italian, French, and English.. Full details
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28 April 202112:30

Wednesday CSI lunchtime seminar

Majid Montazer-Mahdi presents: The Politics of Collective Biographies of Shiʿi ʿUlama in the Early Modern Period: The Case of Amal al-āmil. Full details
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27 April 202111:00

Watercraft of the Islamicate World lecture series:The Lambur Shipwreck: Archaeological excavation in Tanjung Jabung Timur, Jambi, Indonesia.

Dr Ali Akhbar (Universitas Indonesia). Full details
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26 April 202116:00

Conversations about Kurdistan and Palestine, Rurality, rural lives, and alternative futures

Speakers: Mazin Qumsiyeh, Bethlehem University and Bénédicte Bonzi, EHESS. Chair: Stéphanie Latte Abdallah, Sciences Po - CERI.. Full details
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23 April 202112:00

IAIS PGR Research Seminars 2021

All students and staff are welcome to attend. Full details
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22 April 202118:00

A conversation with Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappé: On impasse, internationalism and radical change

IAIS, the European Centre for Palestine Studies and the Exeter Decolonising Network will be continuing our conversations series over the next two months. Please join us!. Full details
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20 April 202114:00

Documenting and Archiving Kurdish Heritage, part 4

Dengbejs' Performance as Inspiration for Modern Kurdish Theatre and Music. Full details
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15 April 202118:00

European Centre For Palestine Studies : Guest Lecture: Hana Sleiman

REFLECTIONS ON THE CONTEMPORARY PALESTINIAN ARCHIVAL TERRAIN. Full details
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9 April 202112:00

IAIS PGR Research Seminars 2021

All students and staff are welcome to attend,. Full details
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8 April 202116:00

Exeter-Habib Seminars on Islam after Colonialism: Professor Najeeb Jan (Habib)

Blasphemy, Biopolitics and Violence in Pakistan: Notes on the Metacolonial State. Full details
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8 - 9 April 2021

The 3rd Biennial Arabic Language Teaching & Learning in the UK Higher Education Conference

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31 March 202117:00

Exeter-Habib Seminars on Islam after Colonialism: Dr Simon Wolfgang Fuchs (Freiburg)

Strange Success: The Enduring Appeal of an Islamic State after Colonialism. Full details
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31 March 202116:00

POSTPONED: AUISxExeter Talk: Curating Kurdishness: Arts, culture, and the archive In Kurdistan and beyond

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25 March 202116:00

MOVED TO 31st MARCH: Exeter-Habib Seminars on Islam after Colonialism:

Moved to 31st March. Full details
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25 March 202112:00

IAIS PGR Research Seminars 2021

All students and staff are welcome to attend. Full details
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24 March 202114:00

CSI Research Afternoon

Communities, Churches and Conversion: Christians in the Medieval Islamic World. Full details
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23 March 202114:00

Watercraft of the Islamicate World lecture series: Vernacular fighting craft of the early modern Persian Gulf.

Mr Mick de Ruyter (Flinders University). Full details
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17 March 202119:00

POSTPONED: AUISxExeter Talk: Curating Kurdishness: Arts, culture, and the archive In Kurdistan and beyond

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17 March 202116:00

Masters Courses at IAIS Exeter

If you are interested in applying then join us for this event to find out more. Full details
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17 March 202112:30

Arabic Text Seminar

Amirah Bukhari to lead on a text by al-Imam 'Abd al-Qahir al-Jurjani from his al-Risala al-Shafiya. Full details
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16 March 202114:00

Documenting and Archiving Kurdish Heritage, part 3

Reflections on Dengbêjs [oral poets/storytellers] as Narrators of the Past Dr Metin Yüksel. Full details
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16 March 202111:00

Watercraft of the Islamicate World lecture series: A Ship of Islam: Aspects of the Phanom-Surin Ship, Thailand.

Ms Abhirada Komoot (University of Western Australia). Full details
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12 March 20219:00

Exeter - Tokyo University Joint workshop

Workshop on Islamic and Middle Eastern Intellectual History. Full details
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11 March 202116:00

Exeter-Habib Seminars on Islam after Colonialism: Professor Ali Altaf Mian (Florida)

Beyond Victorian Sexuality: Intra-Muslims Contestations over the Erotic in Colonial and Postcolonial South Asia. Full details
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11 March 20219:00

Exeter - Tokyo University Joint workshop

Workshop on Islamic and Middle Eastern Intellectual History. Full details
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10 March 202116:00

AUISxExeter Talk: Curating Kurdishness: Arts, culture, and the archive In Kurdistan and beyond

Bushra Kasnazani, Scholar of Kurdish Literature at the University of Slemani: The history of the taboo in kurdish literature. Full details
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9 March 202114:00

Watercraft of the Islamicate World lecture series: Frame-first or shell-first?

Some observations on vessel construction in a western Indian Ocean context. Dr Eric Staples (Zayed University). Full details
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9 March 20219:00

Exeter - Tokyo University Joint workshop 9th 11th and 12th March

Workshop on Islamic and Middle Eastern Intellectual History. Full details
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3 March 202116:00

Routes event: U.S. Immigration Law - a brief overview of issues with Anthony Vale

Anthony Vale is a 1972 law graduate from the University of Exeter, who has been practicing law in the USA. Tony represents immigrants caught up in the US immigration system, who seek asylum or relief from removal. He has been successful in cases on behalf of non-citizens from Angola, Cameroon, El Salvador Guatemala and Honduras. These cases are difficult and raise many constitutional issues, which he will clarify and discuss. Full details
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3 March 202112:30

Wednesday CSI lunchtime seminar

Ahmad al-Dhubayhi to present: Saru man qabalna and the Derivation of Islamic Law. Full details
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26 February 202112:00

IAIS PGR Research Seminars 2021

All students and staff are welcome to attend. Full details
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25 February 202118:00

Documenting and Archiving Kurdish Oral Heritage

Organisers: Dr Farangis Ghaderi and Dr Joanna Bochenska. Full details
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25 February 202116:00

Exeter-Habib Seminars on Islam after Colonialism: Professor Ilyse Morgenstein Furst (Vermont)

Professor Ilyse Morgenstein Fürst (Vermont) Racialization, Minoritization, and Islam Before and After Colonialism. Full details
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24 February 202119:00

AUISxExeter Talk: Curating Kurdishness: Arts, culture, and the archive In Kurdistan and beyond

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24 February 202112:30

Wednesday CSI lunchtime seminar

Sajjad Rizvi to lead on ʿAllāma Ṭabāṭabāʾī’s critique of moral realism in Risālat al-iʿtibārāt. Full details
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23 February 202114:00

Watercraft of the Islamicate World lecture series: Approaching the shū'ī.

Dr Norbert Weismann (University of Exeter), Mr Ziad Morsi (University of Southampton), Ms Lilli Haar. Full details
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17 February 202117:30

LGBT+ history month at IAIS - A talk by Dr. Mehrdad Ali Poor Kalaei

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17 February 202112:30

Arabic Text Seminar POSTPONED

Luca Patrizi will lead on the discussion on adab in Bayān al-Ḥāja ilā al-Ṭibb wa al-Aṭibbā’ wa-Ādābihim waWaṣāyāhim of Quṭb al-Dīn al-Shirāzī. Full details
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11 February 202116:00

Exeter-Habib Seminars on Islam after Colonialism: Professor Mana Kia (Columbia)

Companionship as Political Ethic: Late Mughal Visions of Just Rule and Ethical Service. Full details
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10 February 202119:00

AUISxExeter Talk: Curating Kurdishness: Arts, culture, and the archive In Kurdistan and beyond

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10 February 202116:00

Routes event: Marriage, migration and Integration with Professor Katharine Charsley

Join online: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_YzNiMzQ0NzYtMDc3Ny00Mjc3LThjYzktZDJiNGMyYzQ2NWVi%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22912a5d77-fb98-4eee-af32-1334d8f04a53%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%226e937dec-e3c4-404e-a24f-6bde3e224f85%22%7d. Full details
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10 February 202112:30

Wednesday CSI lunchtime seminar

Rob Fuller to present: Orientation and decoration of synagogues of Late Antiquity. Full details
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4 February 202118:00

Guest lecture in the European Centre for Palestine Studies

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3 February 202119:00

AUISxExeter Talk: Curating Kurdishness: Arts, culture, and the archive In Kurdistan and beyond

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3 February 202112:30

CSI Arabic Text Seminar

John P Cooper will lead the discussion about a narrative from the Histories of the Patriarchs of Egypt (سير البيعة المقدسة), set in the 8th century, in which religious legitimacy is contested through communal prayer over the annual Nile flood.. Full details
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29 January 202112:00

IAIS PGR Research Seminars 2021

All students and staff are welcome to attend. Full details
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28 January 202116:00

Exeter-Habib Seminars on Islam after Colonialism: Dr Farah Mihlar (Exeter):

Exeter-Habib Seminars on Islam after Colonialism Dr Farah Mihlar (Exeter). Full details
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27 January 202112:30

Wednesday CSI lunchtime seminar

Yasmin Amin to present: Humour in the Hadith. Full details
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20 January 202112:30

CSI Arabic Text Seminar

Sajjad Rizvi to lead on the section of prophecy in Kashf al-murād fī sharḥ Tajrīd al-iʿtiqād of al-Ḥillī. Full details
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14 January 202116:00

Exeter-Habib Seminars on Islam after Colonialism: Dr. Samia Khatun (SOAS, London)

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13 January 202112:30

Wednesday CSI lunchtime seminar

Istvan Kristo-Nagy: How to reform the Islamic empire? Ibn al-Muqaffaʿ’s use of the ‘golden age’ myth in producing trans-religious/cosmopolitan ethics and post-revolutionary political propaganda. Full details
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10 December 202017:00

Exeter-Habib Seminars on Islam after Colonialism: Dr Layli Uddin (kings College, London)

Red Islam in South Asia: Sacred geographies, Networks and Oaths of Socialism. Full details
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9 December 202015:00

African Archaeology and heritage, challenges, practice and prospects

A conversation with Dr Gertrude Aba Mansah Eyifa-Dzidzienyo, Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, University of Ghan; Dr Shadia Taha, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge; and Professor Timothy Insoll, Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter. Full details
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9 December 202012:30

Wednesday CSI lunchtime seminar

Dr Luca Patrizi Presenting: Thus Spake Adam - The Suryaniyya Language in Islamic Esotericism. Full details
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2 December 202016:00

Routes Conversation: What Does Citizenship Mean Today? with Dr Ben Hudson (Lecturer in Law at the University of Exeter) and Daniel Mutanda (MPH Candidate at the University of Warwick)

Routes Conversation: What Does Citizenship Mean Today? with Dr Ben Hudson (Lecturer in Law at the University of Exeter) and Daniel Mutanda (MPH Candidate at the University of Warwick). Full details
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2 December 202015:00

CSI Research Afternoon : Islam In China

Our research topic 'Islam in China' will be discussed by an international panel of speakers, each of whom will present during the session that runs from 3pm until 6.45pm. This event will be hosted by the director of the CSI Sajjad Rizvi. A Zoom link will be provided prior to the event. Please contact Sajjad directly if you wish to include anyone who may not be on our internal mailing lists.. Full details
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1 December 202015:00

Museums, Islam, Archaeology and the Middle East

A conversation with Dr Venetia Porter and Professor Timothy Insoll. Full details
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26 November 202017:00

Exeter-Habib Seminars on Islam after Colonialism: Professor Ebrahim Moosa (Notre Dame)

Discursive Contestations in Post-Colonial South Asian Muslim thought. Full details
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25 November 202012:30

Arabic text reading convened by Professor Robert Gleave

Please contact R.Gleave@exeter.ac.uk if you wish to attend. Full details
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18 November 202012:30

Wednesday CSI lunchtime seminar

Between the Gryphon and the Peacock: the quest for the Self in Bedil Dilhavi (d.1720) and the Practice of the Occult. Full details
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13 November 202012:30

ICE Development Fund Presentation: Christine Robins, ‘Fragile Faiths: Endangered Religious Cultures in Dialogue’

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12 November 202017:00

Exeter-Habib Seminars on Islam after Colonialism: professor SherAli Tareen (Franklin & Marshall)

Hindu-Muslim Encounters, Power,Politics,Political Theology. Full details
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11 November 202015:30

Understanding the relationships between risk factors, intersectional identities and criminal career trajectories: A multilevel approach

Researchers have called for developmental criminologists to better understand how criminal career patterns and 'risk factors' relate to intersectional identities. Full details
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11 November 202012:30

Arabic text reading convened by Professor Robert Gleave

Papers will be distributed before the reading. Please contact Professor Rob Gleave if you wish to attend. Full details
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4 November 202012:30

Wednesday CSI lunchtime seminar

Alexander Khaleeli-Hainy: Before the Safavids: Shi'i Preaching,Polemic,and Piety in Persian 1055-1501. Full details
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29 October 202017:00

Exeter-Habib Seminars on Islam after Colonialism: Professor Norman Baig

The Universe Within: The Anthropocosmic Self in Pakistan's Sufi Tradition. Full details
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22 October 202017:00

IAIS Alumni Autumn Speaker Series

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21 October 202012:30

Wednesday CSI lunchtime seminar

Faris Abdel-Hadi to present: Ibn Arabi and the Sun-Worshippers: Assessing Lipton's Framework. Full details
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15 October 202017:00

Exeter-Habib Seminars on Islam after Colonialism: Professor Shenila Khoja-Moolji (Bowdoin College)

Resistance and Repair: Enacting a Decolonial Praxis in Teacher Professional Development. Full details
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14 October 202012:30

Arabic text reading convened by Professor Robert Gleave

Papers will be distributed before the reading. Please contact Professor Rob Gleave if you wish to attend. Full details
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12 October 202017:00

Exeter-Tehran-Conversations in Philosophy: Sajjad Rizvi and Mohsen Feyzbakhsh (Tehran): What is Philosophy in Iran

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9 October 2020

Exeter-Tehran-Conversations: Professor Muhammad Legenhausen (Imam Khomeini Institute on Ethics

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7 October 202012:30

Wednesday CSI Lunchtime Seminar

Presenters: Kubra Memis and Abdullah Almatar. Full details
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5 October 202017:00

Exeter-Tehran-Conversations: Professor Zahra Moballegh (Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies): on Feminist Philosophy

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3 October 2020

Global Islamic Archaeology Showcase - online event

A free online event, initiated and organised by several of the centre’s PhD candidates, which aims to bring together early career researchers who are working within the field of Islamic archaeology regardless of geographical or chronological focus. Full details
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1 October 202017:00

Exeter-Habib Seminars on Islam after Colonialism

Professor Shankar Nair (Virginia): Pre-colonial Possibilities for the Post-colonial: Muslim-Hindu Interactions as a Source of Theory. Full details
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26 September 2020

Global Islamic Archaeology Showcase - online event

A to bring together early career researchers who are working within the field of Islamic archaeology regardless of geographical or chronological focus. Full details
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9 September 202015:00

Establishment Relations and Fatherhood Wage Premiums

Fathers often earn more than their childless counterparts, although effects can vary among groups of men. Most of this literature uses micro data and attributes these wage effects to individual selection. We instead draw on relational inequality theory (RIT) to argue the importance of establishment relations behind group differences in net fatherhood wage premiums.. Full details
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1 July 202013:00

Data Analysis and visualisation with Python

Building upon the basic introduction offered to Python in workshop 1, this workshop will cover exploratory data analysis, quantitative data analysis, and visualising data in Python and the Seaborn package. Full details
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24 June 202013:00

Introduction to Python for Social Scientists

This workshop is aimed at those who have no experience of Python and little-to-no experience of computer coding.. Full details
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22 June 2020

POSTPONED: 32nd Exeter Gulf Conference

Postponed until 2021 - final date to be announced. Full details
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18 - 20 June 2020

CANCELLED: 4th International Conference on Kurdish Studies 18-20 June 2020

We regret to advise that this conference has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled to autumn 2020. Full details
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17 June 202016:00

What next after your Middle East, Islamic Studies and Arabic degree?

Free webinar with Andrew Phillips, an IAIS graduate, former MD of Pearson. Full details
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12 June 202017:00

Exeter Institutagram Conversation (#ExeterConvos)

William Gallois will be in conversation with Sussan Babaie (Courtauld Institute). Full details
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8 June 202017:00

Exeter Institutagram Conversation (#ExeterConvos)

William Gallois in conversation with Hashem Abushama (Oxford) discussing ‘Beyond Agency and Resistance: Cultural Production, Urban Planning, and Settler Colonialism’. Full details
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3 June 202013:00

Longitudinal Data Analysis

In this workshop you will learn about the principles of longitudinal data analysis; when it should be used and the advantages and disadvantages of longitudinal methods. Full details
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1 June 202017:00

Exeter Institutagram Conversation (#ExeterConvos)

Please do join William Gallois this afternoon at 5pm in conversation with Alex Dika Seggerman, Assistant Professor of Art History, Rutgers University-Newark. Full details
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27 May 202017:00

Exeter Institutagram Conversations II (#ExeterConvos)

The Painters of the City with Christiane Gruber. Full details
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15 May 202013:00

An Introduction to Open-Source Intelligence and its practical applications - ONLINE Workshop

This seminar will be an Introduction to Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT). It will cover some broad themes of what OSINT is and what it is not, as well as some thoughts on the future of OSINT.. Full details
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12 May 202014:00

Bayesian analysis with JAGS/Topics in Bayesian analysis - ONLINE Workshop

One of the advantages of Bayesian analysis is its great flexibility with respect to the functional form of the model. To take full advantage of this flexibility, the analyst need to know how to write code for Stan, JAGS, BUGS or a similar sample.. Full details
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11 May 202014:00

Introduction to Bayesian analysis - ONLINE Workshop

This workshop offers an introduction to Bayesian analysis in R. We will talk about the theoretical underpinnings of Bayesian analysis and the practical considerations for conducting such analyses in R.. Full details
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7 May 2020

Exeter Institutagram Conversation (#ExeterConvos)

Professor Edith Szanto (Alabama): Islam and the Question of Development in Syria and Iraq. Full details
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5 May 2020

Exeter Institutagram Conversation (#ExeterConvos)

Professor Carool Kersten (King’s College London): New Avenues for Exploring Contemporary Muslim Thought. Full details
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28 April 202016:00

Exeter Institutagram Conversation (#ExeterConvos)

Professor Nauman Naqvi (Habib University): Decolonising the Curriculum. Full details
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27 April 202016:00

Exeter Institutagram Conversation (#ExeterConvos)

Professor Supriya Gandhi (Yale): Dara Shukoh’s Legacy in Modern South Asia. Full details
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18 March 202015:30

CANCELLED: Understanding the relationships between risk factors, intersectional identities and criminal career trajectories: A multilevel approach

Researchers have called for developmental criminologists to better understand how criminal career patterns and 'risk factors' relate to intersectional identities.. Full details
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10 March 202014:00

CANCELLED - Hope and Despair: Presidents, Prime Ministers, Populists, Polarization and Mass Democratic Accountability in Challenging Times

The Executive Approval Project (EAP) is a global collaborative data and research project whose goal is to measure public approval of political leaders to help understand why some executives are despised and removed while others remain popular and reelected.. Full details
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4 March 202013:00

Data Analysis with R for Social Scientists

Building upon the basic introduction offered to R in workshop 4, this workshop will cover exploratory data analysis, quantitative data analysis, and visualising data using R, as well as introducing the various libraries that a user needs to be familiar with in order to carry out such tasks. Full details
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28 - 29 February 2020

Research Workshop - Narratives on the Maliki legal school: inside and outside views (from the early period to the present)

Organised by Professor Maribel Fierro. Full details
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24 February 202017:30

Film Screening of “Naila and the Uprising”

“Naila and the Uprising” is a film about the First Intifada in 1987. It tells the story of Naila Ayesh, an activist, and sheds light on the role of women and the predicaments they faced during their resistance to occupation.. Full details
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19 February 202017:00

Visiting speaker: Dr Maziyar Ghiabi - 'Drugs Politics: Managing Disorder in the Islamic Republic of Iran'

Maziyar Ghiabi is a Postdoctoral Research at the Drugs and (Dis)Order at School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Full details
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12 February 202017:30

Visiting Speaker: Professor Peter Adamson - 'Animals in the Philosophy of the Islamic World'

Peter Adamson, Professor of Late Ancient and Arabic Philosophy at the LMU in Munich, Professor of Philosophy at King’s College London. Full details
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7 February 202016:30

Visiting Speaker: Dr Kamran Matin - Kurdish Politics of Class and Nation in Post-Revolutionary Iran

Dr Kamran Matin is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Sussex University, UK. Full details
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7 February 202015:30

Geographical and Place-based dependence in multilevel models

Multilevel models have been applied to study many geographical processes in epidemiology, economics, political science, sociology, urban analytics, and transportation. They are most often used to express how the effect of a treatment or intervention may vary by geographical group, a form of geographical process heterogeneity.. Full details
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5 February 202013:00

Introduction to GIS

A geographic information system (GIS) is a system designed to allow researchers to capture, store, manipulate, analyse, manage, and present spatial or geographic data. This workshop will introduce attendees to the introductory principles of GIS and how to use Python QGIS for research purposes. Full details
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30 January 20209:00

Analysing ambiguity: understanding and managing complexity in the professional environment

Suggested participants: Mid/senior level managers, SMEs in any business sector, those seeking promotion to management levels or new to management, HR SMEs, Data scientists/analysts. Full details
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29 January 202017:30

From the Maghrib to the Mashriq through al-Andalus and Norman Sicily. The sacrifice of she-camels among the Fatimids and Safavids

Professor Maribel Fierro is the Al-Qasimi Professor of Islamic Studies. Full details
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22 January 202017:30

Visiting Speaker : Professor Margrit Pernau - Emotions and Modernity in Colonial India. From Balance to Fervor

Professor Pernau is a Senior Researcher, Center for History of Emotions Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin and Extraordinary Professor, Freie Universität Berlin. Full details
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21 January 202017:30

Visiting speaker: Amr Taher Ahmed -The Kurdish Mahdinanah: Popular or Classical Poetry?

Amr Taher Ahmed is Associate Professor of Kurdish language and literature at INaLCO in Paris (France).. Full details
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15 January 202017:00

Visiting speaker: Daniel Meier - Bordering the Middle East? Some reflections on conceptual tools in border studies

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15 January 202013:00

Introduction to R for Social Scientists

This workshop is aimed at those who have no experience of R, and will provide a solid introduction to using it for data analysis by covering how to handle data structures such as vectors, matrices, and data frames. Full details
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10 - 11 January 202016:00

IOW-ARCH Indian Ocean World Archaeology Conference

We are in the process of establishing an annual or biennial research meeting/conference on the archaeology, material culture and heritage of the Indian Ocean (defined as from East Africa to Japan, including Australasia) from the first millennium BC to the contemporary era. The model is likely to be similar to the annual Islamic Archaeology Day at University College London, but lasting perhaps up to two-days and with the location moving between different academic host institutions. The first conference is being held at the Institute of Arab and Islamic studies (IAIS), University of Exeter, with financial sponsorship provided by the Centre for Islamic Archaeology. Full details
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10 January - 12 April 2020

Exhibition: An Introduction to Chinese Ceramics in East Africa: Consumption, Display and Modification from the 8th century to Today

An Introduction to Chinese Ceramics in East Africa: Consumption, Display and Modification from the 8th century to Today. Full details
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17 - 18 December 2019

Archaeological Perspectives on Conversion to Islam and Islamisation in Africa

Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th December 2019, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, UK. Full details
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11 December 201914:45

CSI Research Afternoon: Lived Islam

Professor Kevin Reinhart (Dartmouth College) keynote lecture on Islam as a colloquial and cosmopolitan religion, followed by 4 presentations. Full details
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10 December 201911:30

Centre for Islamic Archaeology seminar: Awet T. Araya - The Red Sea, East Africa, and the Gulf in The Islamic Period

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3 December 201912:30

Introduction to LaTex

LaTex is a document preparation system for high-quality typesetting that is used extensively in academia and elsewhere for technical and scientific documents. This workshop is aimed at those with little-to-no experience of LaTex, but who wish to develop a working understanding of it in order to produce high-quality documents. Full details
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3 December 201911:30

Centre for Islamic Archaeology seminar: Nur Efeoglu - The Representation of the Seljuk and Ottoman Past in British Museums

A Comparative Critical Evaluation of the Collections in the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Full details
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22 November 201915:30

Data Analysis & Q-Step Alumni Careers Q&A Discussion

Come along to our Q&A event and speak to a number of recent Exeter Q-Step and Politics graduates who have taken different career routes into social data science since graduating! This event is intended for any students, UG or PG, interested in a career in data analysis. You will have the opportunity to find out about a range of careers, and learn about what you can do, both now during your studies and after graduation, to follow a similar path.. Full details
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21 November 201916:00

Professor Ali Ansari, University of St Andrews, presents: "Michael Axworthy, Nader Shah and the importance of 18th century Iranian history"

Refreshments will be available from 15:30 in The Street Gallery. Full details
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20 November 201917:30

Dr Pernilla Myrne, Gothenburg University, presents: ‘What can manuscript evidence tell us about attitudes to sexuality in the pre and early modern Islamic world?’

Dr Pernilla Myrne teaches Middle Eastern History and Classical Arabic Literature. Her research focuses on women and sexuality in Arabic literature and Islamic history. She has published several peer-reviewed articles and chapters on gender and sexuality in the pre-modern Islamic world. Her latest publication is a monograph entitled Female Sexuality in the Early Medieval Islamic World; Gender and Sex in Arabic Literature (I.B. Tauris, November 2019). Full details
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20 November 201910:30

Who do we think you are? Detecting salient identities in text

Behaviour differs between social groups – this appears to be true for linguistic style as well. Recent research has shown differences between age, gender, religious and political groups in the way group members speak. Since we are members of many different social groups, the question arises whether group membership affects our linguistic style constantly or whether our style shifts towards the group membership most relevant to the situation. Full details
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8 November 201917:30

The Poetics of Kurdish Resistance

As a minority divided among four nation-states (Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Syria), Kurds have been subjected to various degrees of political and cultural suppression, at times amounting to genocide. Kurdish oral and written literature has been a key component of the Kurdish political struggle for recognition and freedom and the very site of resistance and remembrance throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In this panel, academics from the Universities of Exeter and Swansea discuss paths of resistance in Kurdish literature by examining the role poetry, prose and songs in accompanying as well as inspiring the political movements and keeping the resistance alive. Full details
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8 November 201915:30

The case against perfection in the mean: Why it is time for an individualised approach to evidence for education

Analyses of educational interventions need to produce evidence that is relevant to specific groups of students. When a group is not the target population of an intervention, any analysis involving just that group is called subgroup analysis, which is often regarded as a statistical malpractice, as its findings are often underpowered, unreliable, prone to overinterpretation at best, or misleading at worst.. Full details
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6 November 201917:30

Professor Ipek Demir presents "Kurdish Transnational Indigeneity: how Kurdish roots are being articulated through transnational routes"

Dr Ipek Demir is an Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Leeds. Demir’s research and publications sit at the intersections of the fields of diaspora studies, ethno-politics, race and identity, nationalism, indigeneity, global politics as well as social and critical thought and interdisciplinarity. She has also carried out empirical research on Kurdish and Turkish diasporas, funded by an AHRC (a UK Research Council) fellowship. She is the founder and former co-convenor of the British Sociological Association’s Diaspora, Migration and Transnationalism Study Group and the former Vice-Chair of European Sociological Association’s Migration Research Network. Before joining Leeds, she worked at the University of Leicester and also at the University of Cambridge where she was an ESRC postdoctoral fellow. Full details
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6 November 201913:00

Data Analysis and visualisation with Python for Social Scientists

Building upon the basic introduction offered to Python in workshop 1, this workshop will cover exploratory data analysis, quantitative data analysis, and visualising data in Python and the Seaborn package. Full details
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6 November 201910:30

Worlds Colliding: Examining the social networks and linguistic patterns of a merging organization through email

During a merger the acquiring organization is often a dominant force. It overwhelms the target organization and replaces its norms, routines, and formal structures. I will present the results from an ongoing analysis of a massively rich dataset of emails, longitudinal surveys, individual performance, and ethnography that paints a detailed picture of an unfolding organizational merger.. Full details
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29 October 201913:00

When politics and diplomacy collide; the conflict spiral in the Cuban Missile Crisis 1962

An investigation into the conflicting interests and powerplay revealed in the behaviour of the main protagonists- USSR and USA. A brief overview of this dangerous incident will be provided, but the main focus will be an analysis of public versus private decisions. We'll look at the personal drives and motivations of key figures such as John F Kennedy and Nikita Khrushev and discover why was not all as it seemed... Full details
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24 October 201917:30

Dr Farah Aboubakr, University of Edinburgh presents "Speak Bird, Speak Memory: The Politics of Storytelling in Palestine"

Dr Farah Aboubakr obtained her PhD in 2014 in Translation and Intercultural Studies at the University of Manchester. Her research focuses on a number of areas mainly: Palestinian popular culture and oral literature within memory, gender and cultural studies, identity development and relation to language, music and cinema in Palestine. Her latest publication is a monograph entitled The Folktales of Palestine: Cultural Identity, Memory and the Politics of Storytelling (2019) with IB Tauris in collaboration with SOAS Palestine Studies Centre. Full details
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22 October 201911:30

Centre for Islamic Archaeology seminar: Nick Tait - Local Ceramics from the Islamic Trade Centre of Harlaa, Eastern Ethiopia

Chronology, Connections and Islamisation in the Horn of Africa, 10th – 15th Centuries AD. Full details
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17 October 201916:00

Dr Abdulrahman Alebrahim "Kuwait's Politics before Independence: The Role of the Balancing Powers"

Abdulrahman Alebrahim is an independent researcher who received a PhD from the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter in 2017. Alebrahim’s primary interests include Gulf Studies, predominately culture and identity. His research has focused on the history of the Gulf, particularly Kuwait and Southern Iraq, and he has published chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles on these topics. In 2016, Alebrahim was awarded the State of Kuwait Prize for Historical and Archaeological Studies commending one of his academic publications. Full details
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16 October 201917:30

Dr Faiha Abdulhadi presents "Palestinian Women Rewriting History: The Political Participation of Palestinian Women since 1930s"

Faiha Abdulhadi, PhD, is a writer, poet, research consultant, community activist, and lecturer, in addition to a long life experience in various aspects of research, oral history, gender, and other issues of human interest. She is the founder and the Director General of Al Rowat for Studies and Research, Al Rowat (Narrators) seeks to accomplish a major goal: rewriting social history by focusing on the stories of marginalized groups and documenting people stories who witnessed relevant historic events. She has published 14 books in addition to various studies and articles. She is a member of the Palestinian National Council, the Palestinian Central Council, the deputy Commissioner General for the Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) in Palestine, and the regional coordinator of the Women Organization "Peace Women across the Globe (PWAG)". Full details
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16 October 201912:30

SWDTP Information Session

Gabriel Katz, Exeter's Institutional Academic Lead for the ESRC-funded South West Doctoral Training Programme (SWDTP), has organised an information session on the SWDTP PhD and MA Programs, scholarships and selection procedures. Full details
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16 October 2019

Alternative Sources and Perspectives on Kuwait's History and Sociology

This workshop seeks to revisit the history of the processes of state- and nation-building, as seen through the eyes of those excluded or marginalized from the current tropes of studies on Kuwait. Full details
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15 October 201911:30

Centre for Islamic Archaeology seminar: Hannah Parsons - The Commodification and Modification of Chinese Ceramics in East Africa (9th -17th Centuries):

Fieldwork findings from Ethiopia and the Zanzibar Archipelago, Tanzania, 2018-2019. Full details
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9 October 201917:30

Sabiha Allouche : How to talk about drones: a view from Gaza

In this work, I attempt to decolonize the unchecked scholarship on drone warfare. From TV series, movies and video games, to textbooks, journal articles, and books; every space is apt for theorizing the drone. Although feminist and critical theorists took it upon themselves to rethink the drone and to intervene critically in their examination of it, their work, I argue, remains a self-contained theoretical loop that steers away from the original promise of Dona Haraway’s original Cyborg Manifesto since it is notoriously difficult to translate into feminist praxis. What's more, theirs is an approach that has legitimized abstraction and artificial lexicons to the extent they function as epistemic facts that overwrite matters of concerns. In particular, it speaks little to/of the lived reality - the quintessential feminist standpoint - of the Pakistani, Afghan and Gazan populations who encounter the drone daily. Full details
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8 October 201911:30

Centre for Islamic Archaeology seminar: Alessandro Ghidoni - The Ship Timbers from the Islamic Site of Al-Balid

A Case Study of Sewn-Plank Technology in the Indian Ocean. Full details
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2 October 201917:30

AngloArabia: Why Gulf Wealth Matters to Britain

UK ties with Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf monarchies are under the spotlight as never before. Huge controversy surrounds Britain’s alliances with these deeply repressive regimes, and the UK’s key supporting role in the disastrous Saudi-led intervention in Yemen has lent added urgency to the debate. What are the nature of the ties between the British state and British capitalism on the one hand, and the Gulf Arab monarchies on the other? Why have Anglo-Arabian relations grown even closer in recent years, despite ongoing, egregious human rights violations?. Full details
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2 October 201913:00

Introduction to Python for Social Scientists

This workshop is aimed at those who have no experience of Python and little-to-no experience of computer coding. The workshop will provide a practical introduction to the Python programming language, and cover a host of the major operations a user will need to do in Python; ranging from assigning variables and working with lists, through to writing to/reading from a file, producing graphs, and debugging. Full details
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27 September 201910:00

Translation! Festival 2019: Languages in Motion

The events are all free and offered on a first come, first served basis. A diverse range of workshops, performances and interactive events run by local and international experts provide something for all ages and interests.. Full details
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24 September - 24 October 201911:30

Centre for Islamic Archaeology seminar: Nathan Anderson - Excavations in Boeni Bay

Results from the 2019 Field Season at Kingany, Madagascar, and the Implications for Islamisation in the Mozambique Channel. Full details
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19 September - 20 December 2019

From Damascus to Andalucia

The message from Adib Fattel from Damascus – conveyed to you through his paintings - is a message of love, peace, tolerance and the connections that bring us together. For Adib, the world is not East or West, Islamic, Christian or Jewish, nor is it black or white. For him the world is one world, multilayered, molded by history, coloured with diversity and made more beautiful with our rich cultural heritage — be it natural or man-made. Full details
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9 - 13 September 201911:30

Q-estival 2019: People, Data and Society

The Exeter Q-Step Centre is celebrating six years of teaching and research and our move to a new home. We are holding a series of workshops, seminars and keynote addresses around our key research labs: Education and Life Course Studies, Policing in Practice and Computational Social Science. We will also be hosting a related Arts & Culture stream. Full details
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25 July 201913:00

Understanding women's mental health across the lifecourse

The aim of this workshop is to bring researchers together across the University of Exeter, and beyond, with an interest in understanding women’s mental health. The workshop will convene a multi-disciplinary group with shared substantive interests, but who take different approaches to research on this topic.. Full details
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11 - 12 July 2019

Professor Rob Gleave (Exeter) and Dr Shuruq Naguib (Lancaster) present "Menstruation and Menopause in Islamic Legal Cultures"

The workshop will bring together researchers examining different aspects of menstruation and menopause – from the ritual and religious to the social and cultural – from different methodological perspectives, and across different time periods. Contributions using a variety of theoretical insights from ritual, gender, sexuality, textual, anthropological and historical studies are particularly welcome. Full details
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1 - 2 July 2019

31st Exeter Gulf Conference: Zones of Theory in the Study of Yemen

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8 - 9 June 201912:00

Exeter Respect Festival 2019

On Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th June Exeter will spring to life once again in the beautiful grounds of Belmont Park to the sounds of world music & dance at The Respect Festival. Now part of ‘Exeter Live Better’, the family friendly festival celebrates it’s 22nd year with a theme of ethnic diversity marking 25 years since the end of apartheid in South Africa.. Full details
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13 May 201916:30

Professor Richard Foltz (Concordia University) presents "What is the meaning of 'Tajik'?"

Richard Foltz (Ph.D., Harvard, 1996) is a cultural historian specializing in the broader Iranian world and his work highlights the wide-ranging influence of Iranian civilization on diverse societies stretching from the Balkans to China.. Full details
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9 May - 3 September 201918:00

The Painters of the City: North Africa 1880-1920

This exhibition explores a mystery which also constitutes a unique moment in the history of art. In the last years of the nineteenth century and the first decades of the twentieth century, new forms of painting emerged on and around buildings in cities and towns across north Africa. They were identifiably related to existing cultural forms – especially tattoos , textiles and jewellery – but their sudden appearance in the form of murals and frescoes was unprecedented.. Full details
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29 March 201916:00

Caroline Ayoub and Iyad Kallas: ‘Arts and cultures of resistance and resilience: Radio SouriaLi amidst the Syrian conflict’

IAIS are delighted to welcome Radio SouriaLi’s co-founders Caroline Ayoub and Iyad Kallas to present ‘Arts and cultures of resistance and resilience: Radio SouriaLi amidst the Syrian conflict’. A workshop to explore the role of of Radio SouriaLi during the Syrian conflict.. Full details
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27 March 201917:15

Dr Ebtihal Mahadeen (University of Edinburgh) presents the talk "Media, Militarism, and Culture: Interrogating Jordan’s Gendered War on Terror"

Dr. Mahadeen is lecturer in gender and media with a focus on the Arab world. She is based at the department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on the intersection of gender, sexuality, and media within an Arab context and has addressed questions of female virginity, militarist masculinities and femininities, and LGBT media activism. She has a professional background in reporting and online media and offers consultancies on gender, media, and higher education in the Arab region.. Full details
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22 March 201910:00

UNHCR Careers talk

Our speaker will share details about the application process and what attributes and skills the organisation is looking for. Laura will also discuss their own career journey and the field of external relations, with some personal tips. The talk will be followed by a Q&A. Laura has been a spokesperson and campaigner for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, for over a decade. She works on parliamentary advocacy and communications on UK and international refugee issues, and manages relationships with high profile supporters in the UK. Prior to UNHCR, she worked on asylum issues in government and as a parliamentary advisor. She co-chairs the Families Together coalition of over 30 organisations campaigning on refugee family reunion. Full details
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20 - 21 March 201917:15

Professor Christian Sahner (University of Oxford) presents the talk "Christian Martyrs under Islam: Religious Violence and the Making of the Muslim World"

Christian Sahner is associate professor of Islamic History at the University of Oxford. He is principally interested in the transition from Late Antiquity to the Islamic Middle Ages, relations between Muslims and Christians, and the history of Syria and Iran. A graduate of Oxford and Princeton, where he earned his doctorate in 2015, he is the author of two books: 'Among the Ruins: Syria Past and Present' (Oxford/Hurst, 2014) and 'Christian Martyrs under Islam: Religious Violence and the Making of the Muslim World' (Princeton, 2018).. Full details
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20 March 201913:30

Longitudinal Data Analysis for Social Scientists

In this workshop you will learn about the principles of longitudinal data analysis; when it should be used and the advantages and disadvantages of longitudinal methods. Full details
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19 March 201914:00

Dr Imam Mamadou Bocoum and Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg on "Finding the Hope"

Join Dr Imam Mamadou Bocoum and Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg on 'Finding the Hope': a deep dive into scripture and history. Full details
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18 March 20199:00

Making Sense of the Qur’an in Translation

Al-Qasimi Visiting Islamic Studies Professor, Bruce Lawrence will host the conference linked to his research, forming an element of his tenure here. All are welcome to some or all of the conference. There is a pack of papers – if you are interested in receiving this pack, then email csi@exeter.ac.uk. Full details
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14 March 201917:30

Dr Attiya Ahmad (Columbian College of Arts and Sciences) presents the talk "Housetalk and Everyday Conversions: South Asian Migrant Domestic Workers' Newfound Islamic Pieties in Kuwait"

Dr. Attiya Ahmad is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at The George Washington University (Washington DC, USA). Broadly conceived, her research focuses on the gendered interrelation of Islamic movements and political economic processes spanning the Middle East and South Asia, in particular the greater Arabian Peninsula/Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean regions.. Full details
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14 March 201913:00

"Nazira Zeineddine: A Pioneer of Islamic Feminism": A Masterclass with the book's author miriam cooke

Our session will consist of a contextualising talk by miriam, followed by discussion of the book's content, themes and methodology. We will learn about Nazira Zeineddine's life and project, as well as tensions that accompany the practice of "retrieving women's voices." As scholars, where can we find authorial voice in the absence of information about a person? For miriam this has meant engaging in the practice of 'creative non-fiction', which uses elements of fiction to bridge the gaps between the biographical data scattered throughout the author's hermeneutical text. There will be much for all of us to engage with intellectually, methodologically and politically. Full details
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14 March 201912:00

Are you listening? Crisis Negotiation Skills with Deborah Goodwin OBE

Join us as we welcome prestigious guest speaker Dr Deborah Goodwin OBE, to present her seminar on Crisis Negotiation Skills. Ever wondered how negotiators work? How do they even start to de-escalate something like a siege or a conflict? Would you know what to do? No? Well, here's a chance to learn! We're also throwing in a pizza lunch for attendees!. Full details
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13 March 201915:30

Seminar Series - “Can genetics tell us anything about voting patterns, including Brexit?”

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8 March 201917:30

Women in Leadership: Balance for Better

To celebrate International Women’s Day we are delighted to announce our Women in Leadership discussion panel and networking will take place on Friday 8th March. With support from the Annual Fund and from the Women and Law SACA project, this exciting event will be a highlight of the social sciences employability events calendar. Open to all students and local alumni, this event will showcase the inspiring career journeys of our speakers. This discussion panel event will allow plenty of time for a Q&A. Following the event there will be the opportunity to network with all of our guests, where you will be able to speak more freely with them about their careers. Light refreshments will be provided. Our speakers are all SSIS graduates and leaders in their fields: Janet Garcia – Law and Society, President at PSI International Denise Hadow – Law, Non-Executive Director, AJH Ltd Sue Heady – Philosophy, Director at Heady Communications. Full details
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6 - 7 March 201917:15

Professor Adam Sabra (University of California at Santa Barbara) presents the talk "Household and State in Ottoman Egypt: The Case of al-Sāda al-Bakrīy"

Adam Sabra is Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he holds the King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud Chair in Islamic Studies. Currently, he is a senior research fellow at the Alexander von Humboldt Kolleg for the Study of Islamicate Intellectual History at the University of Bonn. He has published extensively on the history of Egypt in the Mamluk and Ottoman sultanates. His most recent publication is ʿAbd al-Wahhab ibn Ahmad ibn ʿAli al-Shaʿrani, Advice for Callow Jurists and Gullible Mendicants on Befriending Emirs' (Yale University Press, 2017). Full details
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5 March 201918:30

Dr Neil Faulkner presents "Lawrence of Arabia, Islamophobia and the War on Terror"

A diverse talk on Lawrence of Arabia, problematic perceptions of the Middle East, Islamophobia and the War on Terror. Dr Neil Faulkner FSA is an archaeologist, historian, writer, political commentator, and occasional broadcaster. He has directed field projects in Britain, Jordan, and elsewhere, including the Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project in north-west Norfolk, and the Great Arab Revolt Project in southern Jordan. Full details
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5 March 201913:00

Gender, Sexual Orientation and Stereotypes: Challenges for Lesbian and Gay Candidates

This paper explores how the public stereotypes politicians based on gender and sexual orientation when cued about these identities in low information environments. While many studies examine high profile races to demonstrate the impact that media coverage and its potential to trigger stereotypes has on opportunities for female or queer candidates, few studies explore its implications in typical elections at the riding level.. Full details
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28 February 201912:30

SSIS Careers: Working in Public Relations / Communications

Join Alicia De Haldevang (International Relations with Arabic and German, 2010), Public Relations and Digital Communications Manager at Atkins Global, who will deliver a session on what it's like to work in PR and communications. In this interactive workshop, Alicia will cover: An introduction with a career outline PR scenario group task Consolidation on how the skills you learn from your social sciences degree are relevant to your future employers Q&A on what steps you can take to get in to a PR careers The session will cover both UK and Middle Eastern opportunities, the skills required from your social sciences degrees to succeed in PR employment, what steps you can take to do so, as well as a Q&A where you will get the chance to ask our guest speaker the questions on your mind!. Full details
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27 February 201917:15

Professor Miriam Cooke (Duke University & Honorary Research Fellow, Exeter) presents "Dancing in Damascus: Creativity, Resilience and the Syrian Revolution"

Miriam Cooke is Braxton Craven Professor of Arab Cultures emerita at Duke University. She has been a visiting professor in Tunisia, Romania, Indonesia, Qatar and Istanbul. She serves on several national and international advisory boards, including academic journals and institutions. Her writings have focused on the intersection of gender and war in modern Arabic literature, Arab women writers’ constructions of Islamic feminism, contemporary Syrian and Khaliji cultures, and global Muslim networks. Full details
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27 February 201915:30

Seminar Series - “Measuring global gender inequality indicators using large-scale online advertising data”

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a key instrument in setting the agenda around global development until 2030. The promotion of gender equality features prominently in the SDGs, both as a standalone goal as well as in relation to other goals (e.g access to education). Full details
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26 - 27 February 20199:00

Managing Intra-State Territorial Contestation: Iraq’s Disputed Territories in Comparative Perspective

Iraq’s Disputed Territories remain a source of contestation and instability. Located in the north of Iraq, this broad swathe of territory lying to the south of the Kurdistan Region, and including within it parts of the provinces of Nineveh, Erbil, Salahadin, Kirkuk, and Diyala, the Disputed Territories remain a focus of contestation between the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government following the Kurdistan Region referendum of 2017 and the subsequent military response of the Government of Iraq. Furthermore, while the immediate threat of Islamic State actions has diminished, conditions in the Disputed Territories continue to create opportunities for the resurrection of militancy and insurgency, associated with the Sunni community, against the Government of Iraq and its allies. Full details
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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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6 February 201913:00

Introduction to Discourse Network Analysis (DNA)

Discourse network analysis is a toolbox of research methods for the analysis of actor-based debates, such as policy debates or political discussions. Examples include the policy debates on climate change, pension politics, or around the introduction of large infrastructure projects. Full details
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5 February 201911:30

SSIS Careers: Life as a commercial lawyer in a regional law firm

Our speaker, corporate solicitor Henry Maples, trained at a large regional full service firm (Foot Anstey) which included a secondment to a large London law firm specialising in private equity work before moving in 2013 to Murrell Associates, a smaller corporate commercial law firm based in Truro, Cornwall. He will share his views on life as a corporate lawyer in a regional firm (large and small) for those interested in such career outside of the major cities. He will also provide some tips on how to demonstrate your commercial awareness – a key question in many job applications. Full details
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1 February 201912:30

SSIS Careers: Journalism Workshop: Getting a story on air with Simon Vigar (5 News)

Join Exeter alumnus Simon Vigar (Royal Correspondent for 5 News) for a workshop focusing on delivering a news story, analysing different scenarios and practical ways of dealing with them. There will also be time for a Q&A with Simon about careers in journalism. 'Everything you wanted to know about getting a story on air but were afraid to ask' Exeter alumnus Simon Vigar shares his 30 years experience in broadcast news, which includes everything from major terrorist attacks to Royal weddings. Simon will lead a workshop analysing different scenarios and will look at practical ways of dealing with them. Simon will also reveal some newsgathering top tips on how to stay safe but still get the story. The session will finish with a Q&A. Full details
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31 January 201918:30

Social Sciences Careers Speed Networking

Back by popular demand! Hear from alumni speakers working in Government, Foreign Office and Consultancy. We have four alumni working in a variety of sectors who have used their degrees to have successful careers. This will be a fantastic opportunity to hear about the career options open to you, to network with a number of successful alumni, find out about their careers, and learn about what steps you can take to follow a similar path.. 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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23 January 201913:00

Network Analysis for Social Scientists

This workshop provides an introduction for beginners to Social Network Analysis. It gives an overview of key concepts needed to design research that looks at social relations (networks) that connect individual units (actors), so that students can apply social network analysis to their own research.. 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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16 January 201917:30

Professor Bruce Lawrence (Duke University & al-Qasimi Visiting Professor of Islamic Studies, University of Exeter) presents "Is There a Discernible Islamic(ate) Civilization?"

Bruce B. Lawrence is Marcus Family Professor of Religion Emeritus at Duke University and adjunct Professor at Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakf University, Istanbul. His most recent monograph, 'The Koran in English - A Biography', was published from Princeton University Press (2017). He is also co-editor, with Vincent Cornell, of 'The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Islamic Spirituality' (forthcoming, 2019), and with Rafey Habib, he is working to complete, 'The Qur'an - A Verse Translation' (W.W. Norton, forthcoming 2020). In addition, he has drafted a manifesto on Islamicate Cosmopolitan (Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming 2021).. 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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9 January 201913:00

Introduction to R for Social Scientists

This workshop is aimed at those who have no experience of R, and will provide a solid introduction to using it for data analysis by covering how to handle data structures such as vectors, matrices, and data frames. 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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5 December 201814:00

Sentiment Analysis/Career as a Data Scientist

ASI Data Science utilise artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques in conjunction with large and small data sets in order to provide businesses with a competitive advantage. In this workshop, members of the company will provide an in-depth understanding of sentiment analysis, and how it can identify and categorise opinions from text data in order to understand the attitude of the individual(s) that wrote a piece of text. 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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28 November 201817:15

Professor Rasheed El-Enany (Emeritus Professor, University of Exeter) presents "Representations of Death in Naguib Mahfouz"

Rasheed El Enany is Emeritus Professor of Modern Arabic Literature in the University of Exeter. He worked in the university for more than 30 years before taking early retirement in 2010. He was a founder member of the first Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies in 1978, and was head of the old department and director of the current Institute at various times.. Full details
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21 November 201817:15

Dr Katherine E Brown (University of Birmingham) presents "Gender and the Apocalypse in Daesh"

Dr Katherine E Brown is interested in Muslim women's involvement in violent religious politics, specifically those linked to Islam. This talk examines key areas of the apocalyptic institutions and practices at the heart of the Islamic State Group's (Daesh) propaganda and practices: first the idea of ‘sacred lands’ and future battles, second the destruction of shrines, third the creation of new saints as martyrs, fourth the narrative of paradise, and fifth the role of ‘widows’.. Full details
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16 November 201817:30

"Women's Voices in Kurdish Poetry" by Exeter Kurdish Translation Initiative

This event is a rare opportunity for the Anglophone audience to discover Kurdish poetry in translation. Members of the Exeter Kurdish Translation Initiative will read their original translations of 20th and 21st century Kurdish poetesses and poets and discuss the place of women's issues and the emergence of women's voices in this extremely rich yet little known poetry. Works read will include poems by Hemin Mukriyanî, Abdulla Goran, Trîfa Doskî, and Tîroj. The Exeter Kurdish Translation Initiative was launched in May 2018 following a translation workshop supported by the British Institute for the Study of Iraq and the Centre for Kurdish Studies. It gathers St Andrews and Exeter scholars in Kurdish and Arabic Literatures, Creative Writing, and Translation Studies. This event is part of the Exeter Literary Festival. More information about the festival is available here: http://exelitfest.com/kurdish%20poetry.html. Full details
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14 - 15 November 201817:15

Professor Ozan Karaman (CNRS, Paris) presents "Urban redevelopment in Istanbul: contestations and negotiations"

Ozan Karaman is a CNRS researcher, based in LATTS (Research Centre on Technologies, Territories and Societies). Focusing on Istanbul, this talk will contextualize urbanization processes within an entrenched authoritarian-Islamic-neoliberal political framework and discuss facets of urban (re)development. 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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7 November 201817:15

Professor Nadje Al-Ali (SOAS) presents "'Between the Rainbow and the ISIS Flag': Feminist Dilemmas and Complexities"

Nadje Al-Ali is Professor of Gender Studies at the Centre for Gender Studies (CGS), SOAS University of London. She is currently chair of the Centre for Gender Studies but will leave SOAS to take up a new position in anthropology with reference to the Middle East at Brown University in January 2019. Her main research interests revolve around feminist activism and gendered mobilisation, mainly with reference to Iraq, Egypt, Turkey and the Kurdish political movement, and most recently Lebanon. Nadje Al-Ali has been a member of the Feminist Review Collective, and is on the editorial board of Kohl: a journal of body and gender research. As a feminist activist she has been involved in various local and transnational organisations and campaigns and was a founding member of Act Together: Women's Action for Iraq.. Full details
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7 November 201813:00

Data Analysis with Python for Social Scientists

Building upon the basic introduction offered to Python in workshop 1, this workshop will cover exploratory data analysis, quantitative data analysis, and visualising data in Python. It will also provide an introduction to the major Python packages used in data analysis; including NumPy, Pandas, and Seaborn. Full details
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24 October 201817:15

Dr Samer Dajani (The Muslim College, London) presents "Ibn 'Arabi and Islamic Reform in the 18th and 19th Centuries"

Dr Samer Dajani studies the different methodologies of the Sunni schools of jurisprudence, as well as broader theories on legal diversity and the nature of the Shari'a. His PhD focused on the links between the legal thought of four major Sufi figures from the 3rd/9th centuries until the 19th century, as well as the influence of their ideas on later revivalist movements in the 19th and 20th centuries. He received his BA in Arab & Islamic Civilizations from the American University in Cairo, followed by an MA and PhD in the field of Islamic Studies from SOAS, University of London. He is the author of 'Reassurance for the Seeker: A Biography and Translation of Salih al-Ja 'fari's al Fawa'id al-Ja 'fariyya, a Commentary on Forty Prophetic Traditions' (Fons Vitae, 2013) and his upcoming works include 'The Sufis and the Law: Ibn 'Arabi's School of Mercy' (to be published). Dr Samer Dajani previously worked as a Research Fellow at the Cambridge Muslim Centre and is currently a lecturer at The Muslim College, London. Full details
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23 October 201818:30

Magic for Smiles : "Magic : An Illustrated Talk with Demonstrations"

Humanitarian magician Jamie Balfour Paul (stage name Jamie Jibberish) launched the self-funded, independent initiative Magic for Smiles in Lebanon in early 2016, following a 30-year career working for major charities in the Arab world and East Africa.. Full details
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17 October 201817:15

Dr Edwige Fortier (Gates Foundation, London) presents "Transition and Marginalization: Locating Spaces for Discursive Contestation in Post-Revolution Tunisia"

Dr Edwige Fortier began her career in HIV/AIDS policy development and research in 2001 working with organisations including Save the Children UK and the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV/AIDS. Through her work at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, she began to focus more extensively in supporting the engagement of civil society organisations. Edwige received her doctoral degree in Development Studies from SOAS researching civil society organisations in the Middle East and North Africa. She currently works as the Advocacy and Resource Mobilization Lead on the Global Fund at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Europe and Middle East Office in London supporting a portfolio of grants to smaller organisations working in HIV/AIDS activism. Full details
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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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11 October - 12 December 2018

"Sewn Boats: People, Technologies and Materials of the Indian Ocean"

Sewn watercraft were predominant in the Indian Ocean until the arrival of the Europeans in the late 15th century. The sewn-plank ships that sailed the Indian Ocean in the pre-modern Islamic period (622-1500 CE) were agents of trade, religion, and culture. They connected the Indian Ocean and the littoral Islamic world, carrying people, goods, and ideas back and forth from East Africa to China. Full details
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10 October 201817:15

Professor Ali Mian (Seattle University) presents "Beyond Minority/Majority: Theorizing Islam in South Asia"

Ali Altaf Mian is an assistant professor of Islamic studies at Seattle University. His research and teaching interests include Islam in South Asia, Islamic law and ethics, gender and sexuality, and critical theory and method in the study of religion. Full details
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10 October 201813:00

Introduction to Python for Social Scientists

Python is increasingly used by social scientists to collect, process and analyse new types of unstructured or semi-structured data, such as online text and social media data. It is an accessible, yet versatile programming language which is also broadly used for data science and machine learning tasks, combining multiple types of data, simulation and visualization. This workshop provides an introduction to basic programming notions in Python, and introduces some of the most useful packages used in social science research. No previous programming experience is required.. Full details
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9 October 201818:30

Speed Networking for Careers with Arabic and Islamic Studies

This Speed Networking evening will be a fantastic opportunity to speak with prestigious Arabic and Islamic Studies Alumni, and get their tips on how you can use your degree to have a successful career. Drinks and nibbles will be provided. Full details
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3 October 201817:15

Dr Sejad Mekic (Visiting Fellow, University of Exeter) presents "Husein Dozo: A Bosnian Mufti"

The first of our Visiting Speakers for 2018-2019 is Dr Sejad Mekic who is currently a Visiting Fellow at the University of Exeter. This talk will examine the Islamic modernist thought of Husein Đozo (1912-182), a prominent Balkan scholar who lived and worked in Titoist Yugoslavia. Through the medium of his fatāwā (legal rulings), Qur’anic interpretation and other writings, Đozo responded to the challenges he and his people were faced with, above all the so-called ‘Yogoslav Communism’ and modernity. As a Muslim scholar who lived in a European, secular, multi-religious and multi-cultural society, Đozo and his work present us with a particularly exciting and dynamic case through which to examine the innovative interpretations of Islam. Moreover, in Đozo’s scholarly work we are presented with a propitious moment for the academic, researcher and lay reader alike to analyse a ‘European-Islamic’ voice whose importance has yet to me articulated. This is particularly the case in the fields of ethics and faith, interfaith dialogue and the study of religious identity within Muslim minority communities. Dr Mekic will argue that Husein Đozo was the most important proponent of Islamic modernism in the countries of former Yugoslavia in the second half of the twentieth century. It wil also be argues that through the prism of Đozo’s spirit and thought, the ideas of modernist and reformist interpretations of Islam gained a local ‘Yugoslav’ dimension. And finally, Đozo’s work in general and his fatāwā in particular represent a rich and unexplored resource that should be considered in assessing the development of Islamic law in the Balkan region.. Full details
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3 October 201813:00

Introduction to Python for Social Scientists

Python is increasingly used by social scientists to collect, process and analyse new types of unstructured or semi-structured data, such as online text and social media data. It is an accessible, yet versatile programming language which is also broadly used for data science and machine learning tasks, combining multiple types of data, simulation and visualization. This workshop provides an introduction to basic programming notions in Python, and introduces some of the most useful packages used in social science research. No previous programming experience is required.. Full details
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17 - 18 September 20189:00

Iranian-Kurdish Cultural Production: Past, Present and Future

This workshop will take place on 17-18 September 2018 at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies and aims to open scholarly discussion on the Kurdish cultural heritage of Iran and its relation to contemporary Kurdish cultural creation. While certain aspects of Kurdish culture, such as its music, are well appreciated and celebrated in Iran, other vibrant activities in literature, the visual arts and cinema are much less well known. We hope to open avenues of research in vital areas hardly explored hitherto. The workshop has been made possible by a grant awarded to Farangis Ghaderi by Iran Heritage Foundation and the support of Centre for Kurdish Studies. As well as providing an opportunity for analytic and theoretical discussion, the workshop seeks to showcase contemporary Kurdish art through music performance by prominent Iranian Kurdish musician Arash Moradi and a poetry reading session. [The call for paper was published on 24 April and deadline for submission is 10 June 2018.] Full details here: https://iismm.hypotheses.org/30086. Full details
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23 August 201813:00

Picturing Everyday Life In Palestine

The European Centre for Palestine Studies, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, is pleased to present an exhibition and talk by Palestinian cartoonist Mohammed Sabaaneh called "Picturing Everyday Life in Palestine". The exhibition starts at 1pm in the IAIS Common Room, followed by a talk at 4pm in IAIS Lecture Theatre 1. All are welcome. Full details
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16 July - 26 September 2018

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. The exhibition is open weekdays 09:00 - 17:00 in the Street Gallery and is free to enter. Full details
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16 July - 26 September 2018

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. The exhibition is open weekdays 09:00 - 17:00 in the Street Gallery and is free to enter. 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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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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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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11 May 201817:30

Gender Studies Takeover Night- a pop up exhibition

Co-curated/created by students and the convenor of gender studies courses at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, this event showcases projects developed for 'Gender, Identity and Modernity' and 'Gender, Sexuality and Violence in Palestine/Israel' - from short stories to propaganda posters, video and photo essays, play scripts, podcasts, flip-books, personal letters, discographies, newspapers, and original artwork. Staged as an interactive exhibition, audience members are invited to move through the projects/presenters/performers in an open space and create their own 'journeys' through the work. Please join us for a celebration of creativity and critical thought! Refreshments will be provided. Full details
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12 April 201817:30

Graceful Runes, art exhibition by Dahlia Mahmoud

Graceful Runes is an exhibition by Dahlia Mahmoud. It is a photographic series on language, calligraphy and design. All are welcome to the launch on 12 April at 17:30 and drinks and snacks will be served. The exhibition runs from 12 April to 13 June, Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm in the Street Gallery. The artist explains " Travelling through the Arabian Gulf, listening to stories passed from mothers to daughters like heirlooms, triggered this series of images. Matters of faith and survival, urban legends and heroic figurines in local accents find their way to patterns, amulets and the amended adornment of tribes. The common trait to the stories is the essence of strength and survival. The photographs of the women and the superimposed letters, text and texture and layered histories are viewed in this series.". Full details
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9 - 11 April 2018

British Association for Islamic Studies (BRAIS) Conference 2018

The British Association for Islamic Studies (BRAIS) Conference is coming to the University of Exeter 9th – 11th April 2018. Full details
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23 March 201817:00

Film Screening of 'Vereroz' and Q&A with film director Piran Baydemir

Special film screening of 'Ververoz' followed by Q&A with the film director Prian Baydemir. Ververoz is the 154-day story of parents who look for their daughter at Sur, Rozerin Çukur, in the days of conflict at Sur and curfews in Diyarbakır.. 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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21 March 201818:00

Visiting Speakers from MEND (Muslim Engagement and Development)

Over recent times, many have expressed concerns surrounding an escalating atmosphere of hatred and mistrust which has been fuelled by "fake news" and biased, distorted and manipulative media reporting. In a climate lacking in respect, stigmatised communities become vulnerable to hatred - hatred that has in many cases escalated to violence. In addressing this current climate, MEND and IAIS welcome you to a discussion panel exploring the causes and solutions to anti-Muslim hatred in the UK. All are welcome and tea/coffee will be served in the IAIS Common Room from 17:15. Full details
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19 March 201816:30

Visiting Speaker: Dr Francois Burgat

François Burgat is a senior researcher (DR1) in political science at the CNRS based at the IREMAM in Aix-en-Provence. Fluent in Arabic, François Burgat has devoted his career as a political scientist to the analysis of political systems and civil societies in the contemporary Arab world. All are welcome to attend his talk on "Understanding Political Islam: In Search of the Islamist other 1973-2013". Tea/coffee will be served in the IAIS Common Room at 16:00. The talk will take place at 16:30 in The Cave, downstairs in IAIS. Full details
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28 February 201817:15

Visiting Speaker: Dr Haila Manteghi - The Alexander Romance in Persian History and Literature

In Persian tradition and literature, Alexander the Great is usually depicted with two faces – either as the two-horned one of the Qur’an or as the accursed-one of Zoroastrian tradition. This lecture endeavours to show that Persian literature, legend and mythopoetics has much more to say about Alexander than simply this, while demonstrating why and how the Persian image of Alexander is completely distinguishable from the Islamic portrayal of the world conqueror. I will concentrate on how the Greek Alexander Romance entered classical Persian literature, revealing how Alexander became as Persian as any other hero/king in the Persian tradition, as well as illustrate with great detail how Alexander is pictured in the works of great Persian poets ranging from the tenth to seventeenth century, with particular focus on Nizami’s Book of Alexander. I also demonstrate the existence of a positive view of Alexander in both Classical Arabic and Persian sources that is not just the result of biases derived from the Islamic era, but which also reflects the viewpoint of the pre-Islamic Persian depiction of Alexander.. Full details
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21 February 201817:15

Visiting Speaker: Dr Akanksha Mehta - Negotiating Space on the Right: Everyday Politics of Israeli Zionist Settler Women in the Southern West Bank

Right-wing movements that have mobilised women have had very uneasy encounters with feminism and feminist politics. Focusing mainly on themes of motherhood and the familial, feminist scholars often view the increasing participation of women in the right-wing as a 'problem' that needs to be 'countered,' thereby silencing the multiplicity of narratives, roles, and politics that encapsulate the everyday experiences of right-wing women. Moreover, dominant theorizations of right-wing women either depict them as ‘subjects/victims/pawns’ of right-wing men that live in ‘false consciousness’ or as beings with a ‘quasi/partial/limited’ agency; ignoring sites of complexities, contradictions, subversions, and resistance among right-wing women. In this paper, drawing on ethnographic research conducted with right-wing women in the Zionist Settler movement in Palestine-Israel in 2014, I present narratives that examine the intersections of settler women’s everyday politics and space. I argue that through a politics of the everyday, Zionist settler women construct, transform, and negotiate with space and spatialities. These negotiations on the right not only further their political violence and settler colonialism but also become means to bargain with patriarchal communities/homes, male-formulated ideologies and discourses, and male-dominated right-wing projects and spaces. These spatial negotiations replicate and affirm as well as subvert and challenge patriarchal structures and power hierarchies, troubling the binaries of home/world, private/public, personal/political, and victim/agent. Akanksha Mehta is a lecturer in International Relations at the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex. She teaches courses on gender, sexuality, race, and political violence. She finished her PhD at the Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London in 2016, writing a thesis on the everyday politics of right-wing women in the Hindu Nationalist Movement in India and Israeli Zionist Settler Project in the West Bank, Palestine. Her thesis uses ethnographic and narrative material to interrogate conceptualisations of space, agency, violence, and everyday politics. She is currently working on the book manuscript for this project. More recently, she is thinking and writing about critical intersectional and feminist pedagogies and is a part of the Decolonize Sussex movement. She is also a photographer and visual artist.. Full details
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15 February 201817:30

Visiting Speaker: Dr As'ad Ghanem - The Plight of the Palestinian Minority in Israel

Over the last few years, the Palestinian-Arab minority in Israel has been the primary target of a mounting campaign of repression and incitement, especially in the last decade following the re-election to Natanyahu. While initially spearheaded by the Israeli government, this campaign is increasingly making significant inroads into the legal and public spheres. The trend is most obvious in the realm of legislation. Basic principles of democracy – including the democratic process itself – are being subverted and can no longer be taken for granted. Elements of freedom of expression, a system of checks and balances in government, and the independence of the judiciary have all been weakened. The Arab minority has been repeatedly forced to defend its legitimacy, status, freedom of political activity and basic citizenship rights.. Full details
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14 February 201817:15

Visiting Speaker: Dr Claire Beaugrand - Biduns:Stateless in the Gulf: Migration, Nationality and Society in Kuwait

The Kuwaiti population includes around 100,000 people – approximately 10 per cent of the Kuwaiti nationals –whose legal status is contested. Often considered ‘stateless’, they have come to be known in Kuwait as biduns, from ‘bidun jinsiyya’, which means literally ‘without nationality’ in Arabic. As long-term residents with close geographical ties and intimate cultural links to the emirate, the biduns claim that they are entitled to Kuwaiti nationality because they have no other. But since 1986 the State of Kuwait, has considered them ‘illegal residents’ on Kuwaiti territory. As a result, the biduns have been denied civil and human rights and treated as undocumented migrants, with no access to employment, health, education or official birth and death certificates. It was only after the first-ever bidun protest in 2011, that the government softened restrictions imposed upon them. Claire Beaugrand argues here that, far from being an anomaly, the position of the biduns is of central importance to the understanding of state formation processes in the Gulf countries, and the ways in which identity and the boundaries of nationality are negotiated and concretely enacted.. Full details
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7 February 201817:15

The Alid Imams as Authors (Dr Teresa Bernheimer)

Besides the many legal and religious traditions going back to the Shi‘ite Imams, early Islamic historiography also preserves a wide variety of other kinds of works ascribed to the Imams. They include a great variety of topics and genres, from sermons and sayings (best known is the Nahj al-Balāgha of ʿAlī b. Abī Ṭālib), to poetry, to works on medicine (such as the Risālat al-dhahabīya by ʿAlī al-Riḍā), divination and astrology. The talk explores the context and reasons for ascribing particular works to the Imams, and the role these ascriptions played in the historical development of Shi‘ism. Full details
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31 January 201817:15

The Challenge of Translating the Quran in Plain English (Dr Musharraf Hussain OBE)

The Majestic Quran is a new translation from the original Arabic by Scholar, Imam, Author and scientist Dr Musharraf Hussain. The Majestic Quran combines the beauty of Allah’s Word with the rhythm and liveliness of conversational Plain English. Full details
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27 January 20189:45

Migration: Displacement and Development in the MENA region

In the past fifteen years the MENA region has been in the eye of the refugee displacement storm, experiencing dramatic waves of refugees and forced migration. Although episodes of forced migration are not new in this part of the world, today there are 20 million displaced people in the MENA, a number that rises to 54 million when including economic migrants. This massive movement of peoples is having profound effects on territorial fragmentation, societal transformation and the practice of sovereignty. This symposium intends to tackle the issue of migration through an interdisciplinary, multi-sided approach, which is also peculiar to the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter. The objective is to bring together scholars whose interest in migration in the Arab world and the wider Mediterranean can trigger meaningful comparative debate. By focusing on several themes and with different perspectives, this would allow a comprehensive discussion of major aspects of migration and displacement that is affecting the region and its people. To register, please email bjb205@exeter.ac.uk by Monday 22 January 2018, stating any dietary requirements. The full programme is attached. Full details
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24 January 201817:15

“Language has always been the companion of Empire”: The Politics of Turkic and Persian in Safavid Iran (Dr Ferenc Csirkes)

In Persian tradition and literature, Alexander the Great is usually depicted with two faces – either as the two-horned one of the Qur’an or as the accursed-one of Zoroastrian tradition. This lecture endeavours to show that Persian literature, legend and mythopoetics has much more to say about Alexander than simply this, while demonstrating why and how the Persian image of Alexander is completely distinguishable from the Islamic portrayal of the world conqueror. I will concentrate on how the Greek Alexander Romance entered classical Persian literature, revealing how Alexander became as Persian as any other hero/king in the Persian tradition, as well as illustrate with great detail how Alexander is pictured in the works of great Persian poets ranging from the tenth to seventeenth century, with particular focus on Nizami’s Book of Alexander. I also demonstrate the existence of a positive view of Alexander in both Classical Arabic and Persian sources that is not just the result of biases derived from the Islamic era, but which also reflects the viewpoint of the pre-Islamic Persian depiction of Alexander.. Full details
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19 January 201813:30

Journalism Workshop: Getting a story on air with Simon Vigar (5 News)

Join Exeter alum Simon Vigar (Royal Correspondent for 5 News) for a workshop focusing on delivering a news story, analysing different scenarios and practical ways of dealing with them. There will also be time for a Q&A with Simon about careers in broadcast journalism. Full details
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18 January 201817:30

Exhibition launch -Remembering the Dead in Bahraini Shia Cemeteries

You are warmly invited to the opening reception of this new exhibition. Refreshments will be served. Cemeteries are contexts in which the dead are remembered by Bahraini Shia communities through visitation, grave based commemorative practices, and material culture. Plastic flowers, incense burners, rosewater bottles, containers for watering plants, fragments of cloth wrapped around stones or other objects on the grave, and decorated flags are all items that can be left at the graveside. As an unstudied aspect of Bahraini life and illustrating the diversity of Muslim practice in Bahrain and the Gulf, the artefacts, graves, and cemeteries are represented in the exhibition by images and a small display of material culture, collected as part of a larger project recording historical gravestone inscriptions on Bahrain.. Full details
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17 January 201817:15

The Ash'ari creed in Southeast Asia across the Centuries

Muslim Southeast Asia is known as a region thoroughly dominated by Shāfiʽi law and Ashʽari theology. This dominance was the result of a gradual marginalization of non-Ashʽari theology in the region and the linked ascendancy of a specific strand of Ashʽarism based on the thought of the post-classical North African scholar Abū ʿAbdallāh al-Sanūsī (d. 895/1490). From the mid-18th century onwards local Islamic scholars have produced an extensive body of Ashʽari creeds, mainly in Malay, but also in other Southeast Asian languages, thereby firmly entrenching a common standard of orthodoxy across the region. By the mid-20th century, however, several challenges to the status quo had become manifest.. Full details
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5 December 201717:30

Lecture - “The Route to China: A Seaborne Exploration in Medieval Islam” Professor Dionisius Agius FBA

Drinks reception from 5pm in the common room followed by the talk at 5.30pm Lecture Rooms 1 and 2, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter Enquiries to Professor Timothy Insoll, T.Insoll@Exeter.ac.uk The Route to China: Seaborne Exploration in Medieval Islam Dionisius A. Agius FBA Emeritus Al-Qasimi Professor of Arabic Studies and Islamic Material Culture, University of Exeter, UK Adjunct Distinguished Professor, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Abstract Nowadays, when maps, distance and speed have become integral to our life style, we have almost forgotten that world where people relied on camel, horse, donkey, or ship for transport. Whether travel was by land or sea, man perforce had to call upon the experience of generations gone before to endure his safety, but sea transport was always perilous for many reasons, not least that navigational aids were not accurate. The sea proved no barrier to human enterprise; trade and cultural interaction brought together the great civilizations of Islam, India and China. The caravan routes overland, as they have been in the past, were a vital source for trade; their connections with the main harbours led to an expansion of the seaborne trade and, though there were times when it was affected by political instability and natural disasters, trade continued to prosper until the day the Europeans entered the Indian Ocean in 1487, as capitalist predators, disturbing the commercial and cultural system of peoples who had lived in relative harmony since antiquity. This is a journey of Classical and Medieval Islam narrated by people who lived those days; they will tell us their impressions about the cultural, material and commercial significance of the Classic Ships of Islam, their role in the life and interaction of coastal communities; the long tradition of seafaring in the Indian Ocean and seaborne exploration – the route to China.. Full details
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5 December 201717:30

"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
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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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8 November 201717:15

Visiting Speaker - Elias Nasrallah, Author

Elias Nasrallah will be talking about his book "Testimonies on the First Century of Palestine" that has just received the 2017 Ihsan Abbas Award for Culture and Creativity. It is is an autobiographical account of Nasrallah’s life, his family, friends and other Palestinians and Israelis. The events cover the period of the past 100 years He documents the social, political and psychological effects of dispossession and tragedy originating from the Balfour Declaration. Nasrallah provides a unique account of the Palestinian suffering and struggle. He documents the story of the Palestinians that remained in Palestine after the Nakbah of 1948.. Full details
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1 November 201717:15

Visiting Speaker - Dr Yafa Shanneik, University of Birmingham

This is a joint Centre for the Study of Islam and Centre for Gulf Studies Event. Full details
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28 October 201710:00

"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
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27 October 201712:30

Yemen: From War to Famine

Public event, no registration required. Full details
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26 October 201711:30

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
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25 October 201717:15

“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
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25 October 201714:00

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
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19 October - 22 December 201718:00

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
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19 October 201718:00

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
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18 October 201717:15

Visiting Speaker - Dr Akanksha Mehta, University of Sussex

Right-wing movements that have mobilised women have had very uneasy encounters with feminism and feminist politics. Focusing mainly on themes of motherhood and the familial, feminist scholars often view the increasing participation of women in the right-wing as a 'problem' that needs to be 'countered,' thereby silencing the multiplicity of narratives, roles, and politics that encapsulate the everyday experiences of right-wing women.. Full details
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18 October 201712:30

Secessionism in Iraq: The Realisation of the Kurdish Dream?

How will this powerful expression of Kurdish self-determination be used by Kurdish leaders? Will they attempt to use it as leverage in Iraq, to gain further autonomy, perhaps through a confederation arrangement? Or will they attempt to turn what has been the Kurdish century-old dream of independence into the reality of a new Republic of Kurdistan?. Full details
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17 October 201717:15

Visiting Speaker - Prof Ismail Poonawala, University of California

The presentation considers an overview of modern scholarship on this eminent jurist and historical importance of his works among the Ismailis. It will conclude with specific remarks on the chronology of his approximately 36 works which helps us to better understand the author’s works and his intellectual development.. Full details
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16 October 201710:30

Introduction to Career Planning for Mature students

THIS WORKSHOP IS CANCELLED DUE TO LOW SIGN UP. OUR CAREERS CONSULTANT WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE ROOM AT THIS TIME FOR ONE TO ONE APPOINTMENTS. PLEASE EMAIL KATE FOSTER K.L.FOSTER@EXETER.AC.UK. 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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11 October 201717:15

Visiting Speaker - Dilip Hiro, Author and Journalist

The root cause of the civil war is the rule by the minority Alawis, a sub-sect within Shia Islam, since 1970. To understand how and why Alawis got into the driving seat one has to look at the French Mandate in 1920. I will do that briefly. Full details
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11 October 201710:30

Civil Service Diversity Internships Talk

In this session, Exeter Alumnus and Civil Service Fast Streamer Jonathan Webb will discuss the Civil Service's Early Diversity Internship Programme (EDIP) and Summer Diversity Internship Programme (SDIP). These internships are available to undergraduates and graduates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, socially or economically disadvantaged backgrounds, or who have a disability. They aim to give people from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to see what a career in the Civil Service is like, and put talented undergraduates and graduates on a work placement in a government department. The Early Diversity Internship Programme (EDIP) is for first-year undergraduates only. For more information please click here: https://www.faststream.gov.uk/early-diversity-internship-programme/ The Summer Diversity Internship Programme (SDIP) is for both undergraduates and graduates. For more information please click here: https://www.faststream.gov.uk/summer-diversity-internship-programme/ *This event is for students from BAME backgrounds, socially or economically disadvantaged, or who have a disability.. Full details
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5 October 201717:15

Visiting Speaker - Ben White, Analyst, Journalist and Author

The occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) has now been under Israeli military rule for half a century, during which time - and accelerating in recent years - a de facto, single regime has emerged in Israel and the oPt. Despite such developments, the dominant paradigm for 'conflict resolution' remains a two-state solution. But when different actors mean very different things by such a formula, and when key Israeli political leaders openly reject even the idea of Palestinian statehood, does paying lip service to a 'two-state solution' help conceal and prolong an apartheid reality?. Full details
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20 September 201717:15

Visiting Speaker - Dr Sedat Benek, Harran University

A talk by Sedat Benek (Harran University) on Syrian Migrations in Turkey, followed by the screening of Kevok, a film by Sedat Benek (2016, 15mn). Full details
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10 - 11 July 20179:00

2017 Exeter Gulf Conference - "Hegemonic Boundaries and Asymmetric Power in the Gulf"

In recent decades, scholarship on the Middle East has benefited from a dynamic approach to the relationship between identities and boundaries. The post-structural turn encouraged us to think beyond bounded communities to reveal the interconnections, exchanges and forms of relationality that cross and contest perceived cultural and national boundaries. More recently, the Arab revolutions brought our attention to discourses of liberation throughout the region along with collective challenges to hegemonic power and hopes for new moral communities.. Full details
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26 June 201718:15

"Return to Kurdistan" by Richard Wilding

Return to Kurdistan shows Iraqi Kurdistan and Northern Iraq in contemporary photographs by Richard Wilding, alongside historical photographs by Anthony Kersting. Full details
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26 - 28 June 20179:00

Kurdish Futures In and Outside of Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Iran: Fresh Hopes or New Tragedies?

Following the success of the last two previous Kurdish studies conferences here in 2012 and 2015 at the University of Exeter Centre for Kurdish Studies, our next conference event will be held over 2.5 days: 26th – 28th June 2017. The theme for this event will be: Kurdish Futures In and Outside of Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Iran: Fresh Hopes or New Tragedies? Venue: Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, Stocker Rd, Exeter, EX4 4ND For further details contact z.humble@exeter.ac.uk - Ms Zoe Humble. Full details
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2 June 201715:30

"Voice of the Ocean" Film Documentary

This film provides an historical narrative of Oman's maritime past from the Bronze Age to present. It examines its rich boatbuilding tradition that developed in Oman, and the different types of dhows that were used. Perhaps most importantly, it documents Oman's participation in the dhow trade in the western Indian Ocean through the voices of those that lived through it. It weaves interviews with the older generation of Omani sailors, fishermen and boatbuilders, with actual footage of dhows sailing in the mid-twentieth century. This invaluable historic footage taken by Alan Villiers and others has never been shown before on film, and provides new and unique visual sources to bring this history to life. Full details
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1 June - 1 September 2017

"Return to Kurdistan" by Richard Wilding

Return to Kurdistan shows Iraqi Kurdistan and Northern Iraq in contemporary photographs by Richard Wilding, alongside historical photographs by Anthony Kersting. Full details
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24 - 25 May 20179:00

IAIS Postgraduate Conference 2017 - "Conflict, Borders and Contested Space"

Within the context of conflicts in the Middle East which challenge historical borders, the growth of militarised borders in Europe and the US, and the increasing securitisation of migration and the ‘refugee crisis’, the need to understand spatial articulations of conflict has become increasingly critical. In this time of a securitisation of civil space and the militarisation of borders, this conference seeks to explore changing formations of conflict, contestation and dissent, as well as their implications for contemporary academia.. Full details
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29 March 201717:15

Visiting Speaker - Dr Lisa Wynn

Using an ethnographic case study of intimate violence, this paper examines the link between love and desire, pain and violence, kinship and gender roles, and uses that as a springboard for examining a dilemma of representation: when ethnography is always political, how can we write about, and write against, gender violence in the Middle East?. Full details
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22 March 201717:15

Visiting Speaker - Professor Hugh Kennedy, SOAS, University of London

In this talk I will discuss the problems and opportunities offered in writing a history of the idea of caliphate from the time of the death of Prophet Muhammad down to the present century.. Full details
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15 March 201717:15

Visiting Speaker - Dr Ramon Harvey, Ebrahim College

The centrality of theological and ethical questions for the articulation of Islamic jurisprudence is well-known. A meaningful systematic account of the sharīʿa cannot be given without enquiry into the nature of God and of morality, as well as their relation to the obligations placed upon human beings.. Full details
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8 March 201717:15

Film Presentation

Introduced by Dr Istvan Kristo-Nagy, IAIS, University of Exeter and Associate Producer of the Film. Full details
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3 March 201711:30

A Barrister's perspective on working with tribal communities

Gordon Bennett is a human rights lawyer who works closely with Survival International. He recently published an article in the Guardian on the rights of tribal people to hunt. In this talk, Gordon will reflect on his work as a barrister and how his role interacts with other agencies involved in supporting the human rights of indigenous people. This event is designed to give you a flavour of some of the roles and activities involved in working in human rights with indiginous communities. Students from all disciplines are welcome to come and hear Gordon speak and discuss issues of tribal human rights. Full details
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23 February - 12 May 201716:00

A Tale of Two Rivers: The Lower Wye and the Nubian Nile

The exhibition reflects on how the people of each river valley are dealing with threats to their environment and how they are protecting these outstanding sites of natural beauty and cultural importance. Full details
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23 February 201716:00

Opening of A Tale of Two Rivers: The Lower Wye and the Nubian Nile

The exhibition reflects on how the people of each river valley are dealing with threats to their environment and how they are protecting these outstanding sites of natural beauty and cultural importance. Full details
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17 February 201715:00

The Refugee Crisis in the Modern World, UNHCR External Relations

Andrej Mahecic is UNHCR spokesman based in London. Formerly a radio and TV journalist, he joined the UNHCR in 1997 and has been working for the UN refugee agency throughout South East Europe, at UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva and in numerous emergency deployments to refugee crises in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Andrej will give a formal module presentation on the Refugee Crisis in the modern world, covering forced displacement. Andrej will also speak about his own personal career journey and the field of external relations. The talk will also cover the broader work of the UNHCR and give tips on career opportunities for graduates.. Full details
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15 February 201717:15

Visiting Speaker - Dr Ross Porter, IAIS

This lecture will present that findings of long-term ethnographic fieldwork at the heart of the recent revolution in Yemen, tracing the history of the event from 2011 to the current civil war.. Full details
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13 - 17 February 201710:30

SSIS Careers Week 13th - 17th February 2017

If you are in Politics, International Relations, Law, Sociology, Anthropology, Criminology, Philosophy or Arabic & Islamic Studies, you will find the SSIS Careers Week events and drop-ins designed to help at all stages of your career planning. Full details
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9 February 201718:30

The British School in Kuwait on teaching opportunities in the Middle East

Mr Paul Shropshire, the Principal of the British School of Kuwait (BSK), will be giving a presentation on the theme of opportunities for newly-qualifying teachers and those considering teaching as a career at British-system school overseas, particularly in the Middle East. Full details
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8 February 201717:15

Visiting Speaker - Professor Christian Lange, Utrecht University

In this talk, I provide, first, an overview of the Muslim literature about paradise and hell up to ca. 250 AH.. Full details
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1 February 201717:15

Visiting Speaker - Dr Asghar Seyed-Gohrab, Department of Persian, University of Leiden

In this lecture, I will talk about the romance of Layla and Majnun, which has become a source of inspiration for generations of poets since the seventh century, crossing the boundaries of languages, cultures and religions.. Full details
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25 January 201717:30

Visiting Speaker - Dr Michael Feener, Sultan of Oman Fellow, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, University of Oxford

This paper explores a diverse range of historic Muslim experiences with and appreciations of pre-Islamic cultural legacies.. Full details
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20 January 201714:00

ESRC SWDTP Studentships Info Day

An afternoon to experience and learn more about what Social Sciences and International Studies Postgraduate Research in Exeter can offer. Full details
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19 January 201717:45

Visiting Speaker - Dr Toufic Haddad,

In Palestine Ltd., Toufic Haddad explores how neoliberal frameworks have shaped and informed the common understandings of international, Israeli and Palestinian interactions throughout the Oslo peace process.. Full details
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18 January 201717:15

Visiting Speaker - Kawa Hassan, Director Middle East & North Africa Program, East West Institute, Brussels

After almost a decade of boom from 2005 to 2013 thanks to its share of the federal budget, foreign and domestic investment, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) faces its most severe economic crisis since 1991. Full details
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11 January 201717:15

Visiting Speaker - Dr Cengiz Gunes, The Open University

This paper examines the Kurds’ rise as new regional actors in the Middle East and the impact this is having on the regional order.. Full details
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7 December 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Assoc Prof Abdel Takriti, University of Houston

Abdel Razzaq Takriti is Associate Professor and Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History at the University of Houston.. Full details
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30 November 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Avigail Abarbanel, Fully Human Psychotherapy

The theory Avigail will discuss has special relevance to understanding the relationship between the individual and the group in general and particularly in the Zionist and Israeli context. Full details
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29 November 201618:00

Visiting Speaker - Dr Khalil al-Anani, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies

This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt since 1981 and unpacks the principal factors that shape the Brotherhood’s identity, organisation and activism, investigating the processes of socialisation, indoctrination, recruitment, identification, networking and mobilisation utilised by the movement. Prof al-Anani argues that the Brotherhood is not merely a political actor seeking power but also an identity maker that aims to change societal values, norms and morals to line up with its ideology and worldview. The author attributes the Brotherhood’s longevity to its tight-knit structure coupled with a complex membership system that has helped them resist regime penetration. The book also explores the divisions and differences within the movement and how these affect its strategy and decisions. The culmination of over a decade of research and interviews with leaders and members of the movement, this book challenges the dominant narratives about Islamists and Islamism as a whole. Full details
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26 November 20169:30

2016 African Archaeology Research Day (AARD)

The Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS) at the University of Exeter will host the 2016 African Archaeology Research Day (AARD 2016) meeting on Saturday, 26 November. Full details
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24 November 201613:00

The politics of economic reform in Saudi Arabia and the Arab Gulf - can the 'Visions’ become reality?

This keynote puts the attempts by Arab Gulf States and Iran to launch large-scale development programs into historical and comparative context. Strategic ‘visions’ have been a hallmark of regional policymaking for more than two decades but persistent difficulties in implementation have meant that the plans have fallen far short of intended outcomes. By focusing on the practical and political challenges of technocratic and economic reforms, using specific examples to illustrate broader thematic points, this address analyses what the current generation of officials need to do differently in order to secure more favourable and sustainable results. Although the prolonged fall in oil prices has opened a ‘window of opportunity’ to introduce politically and economically sensitive reforms, the urgency of the fiscal pressures on budgets on both sides of the Gulf means there is little margin for error, and it is vital that decision-makers absorb the lessons from the flawed earlier attempts at reform that did not adequately link their economic and political dimensions. The urgency of the fiscal pressures that face Middle Eastern oil producing states means that policymakers no longer have the luxury of the slow pace of incremental change that has characterized previous episodes of reform in GCC states. Public talk, all welcome. Full details
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23 November 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Dr Humeyra Iqtidar, King's College, University of London

Dr Iqtidar is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the Department of Political Economy at King's College London. She is the author of "Secularising Islamists?" (Chicago, 2011) and the co-convenor of London Comparative Political Theory Workshop. She led the ERC funded project "Tolerance in Contemparory Islamic Politics: Political Theory Beyond the West.". Full details
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9 November 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Stephen Griffith

When he became Anglican Chaplain in Syria in 1997, Stephen was asked to report to the British Council of Churches on the condition of the Syrian Orthodox Community in the Turabdin area of south east Turkey where there had been a drop of population over 20 years of about 90%. He continued covering the area after he left Syria in 2002, and was instrumental in forming the Tur Abdin Focus Group which lobbied for protection for the community until 2015. Set in an overwhelmingly Kurdish context, the Syriac Christians of Turabdin have complex relations with the majority, and often find themselves under pressure from the Turkish government and various Kurdish factions. This lecture talks about the community, its dynamics and relationships as well as its astonishing survival. Full details
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2 November 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Dr Roderick Grierson, Rumi Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus

The culture of the Ottoman Empire has been described as a culture created by the Mevlevi, the Sufi order founded to preserve and nurture the teachings of the mystical poet Mevlana Jalal al-Din Rumi. The lecture will explore the validity of the claim, describing the origin of the order in Konya after the death of Rumi in 1273 and considering the reasons why it was able to rise to such prominence in a highly competitive milieu, especially in Istanbul.. Full details
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18 October 201615:30

Working in the Middle East: FULLY BOOKED

We are delighted to be welcoming back two alumni, Andrew Turner and Daniel Jeffery, who will be discussing working in the Middle East. Both have extensive experience of the Arab world and have followed interesting career paths working in a range of sectors including government, defence and security. Their roles have seen them working in several different countries across the MENA region. If you are interested in developing your own career working in the Middle East, then come along to hear from our speakers and ask any questions during the Q&A session. Our speakers: Andrew Turner (LL.B. European, 1986) Andrew joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) as a graduate entrant on graduation from Exeter. He studied Arabic with the FCO in London and Cairo, before working as a Political officer in Oman and Syria. On return to London he headed up the teams in maritime issues including Law of the Sea (1994-96) and North Africa (1996-98). He worked in Cape Town 1998-2001 as Head of the Political Section at the British High Commission in South Africa, covering events including South Africa’s second democratic national elections and the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting. Back in London he headed up the FCO’s work on international export controls and Small Arms control 2001-4 and then worked on international counter-terrorism co-operation. He went to Riyadh as Deputy to the British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia 2006-9. Back again in London he was worked in senior roles on strategic finance, IT and promoting the UK’s prosperity. He has just started a new Middle-East focussed role with the Ministry of Defence. Daniel Jeffery (LL.B., 2007 and MA International Relations of the Middle East, 2008) Dan attended Exeter Uni between 2004 and 2008 where he achieved a 2:1 in Law (LLB) and an MA in International Relations of the Middle East and received the Ayubi Memorial Prize for Most Outstanding Dissertation in Middle East Politics. Since graduating Dan interned at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and worked his way up to acting Head of the Middle East & North Africa desk before moving to BAE Systems to work in their Competitive Intelligence Team. Dan then moved to Detica (a specialist cyber security and intelligence company now called BAE Systems Applied Intelligence) where he helped them break into the Middle East after moving to Abu Dhabi. Specifically he headed up a national Government account and was Head of the Commercial Client Group across the Middle East. After a two successful years in this role Dan was made Director of Operational Analysis for the Middle East & North Africa for BAE Systems’ Head Office. In this role Dan devised and executed growth strategies in key markets; project managed key opportunities in the region; and was responsible for governance and financial reporting to the Board of Directors. In 2016 Dan moved to Accenture in the UK where he helped found their UK Cyber Security Strategy practice. In this role Dan has designed, built and delivered a Cyber Academy; worked on a number of projects covering a wide variety of subject matter from Threat Intelligence, through to Governance and Leadership; and Cyber Resilience to name a few.. Full details
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12 October 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Dr Natasha Ezrow, University of Essex

This lecture examines the role of the military during and after the transitions of the Arab Spring, by looking at the cases of Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, Egypt and Syria to offer an explanation for why these states have taken different pathways. Full details
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5 October 201618:00

Sir Jon Day: "What keeps me awake at night?”

Sir Jon Day - Formerly Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee at the Cabinet Office in March 2012. Prior to his appointment, Sir Jon was 2nd Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence (MOD).. Full details
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5 October 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Professor Gilbert Achcar, SOAS, University of London

The Arab Spring of 2011 was but the beginning of a long-term revolutionary process, rendered much more complicated than other revolutionary processes by specific socio-political features - rentierism and patrimonialism - of the dominant Arab state system. Another complicating specific feature is the fact that counter-revolution in the Arab region is two-pronged: the revolutionary process confronts not only the established regimes, but also their fundamentalist contenders. Full details
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28 September 201612:30

IAIS Postgraduate Welcome Lecture and Lunch

Special lunchtime lecture followed by welcome buffet lunch. Full details
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27 September 201617:30

Book Launch - Sustaining Conflict: Apathy and Domination in Israel-Palestine

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23 September - 16 December 2016

The Hidden Face of Iran

What is life really like in Iran?. Full details
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22 September 201618:00

The Hidden Face of Iran

What is life really like in Iran?. Full details
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21 September 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Professor William Ochsenwald, Virginia Tech University, USA

Professor William Ochsenwald will discuss the historical transformation of education in the major cities of the Hijaz from their conquest by Saudi forces in 1925 to the end of World War II, with an emphasis on curriculum, funding, administrative structures, levels of education, foreign influences and the education of women. Full details
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24 May - 25 June 201617:00

On Palestine

Opening: 5-7pm Tuesday 24 May with Ilan Pappe (University of Exeter) and Annie Pfingst.. Full details
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23 - 24 May 20169:00

IAIS and Politics Postgraduate Conference

The Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies and the Politics Department of the University of Exeter will be holding a conference on 23-24 May 2016 to address the current state of uncertainty in Europe, the Middle East and world, and to understand how we, as researchers, should conduct our work within these complex dynamics. Full details
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27 April 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Professor Jorunn Buckley, Bowdoin College, Maine, USA

Professor Buckley will speak about the Mandaeans, one of the world’s most endangered religious minorities. They are the last Gnostics still living in the Middle East from ancient times, but in the current situation, they are leaving their homeland for the diaspora. Professor Buckley is a leading scholar in the history and religion of the Mandaeans; she has also spent many years doing advocacy work for the Mandaeans. She is also an academic adviser to our research project “The Worlds of Mandaean Priests”, so we are particularly happy to welcome her to Exeter. Full details
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14 April 2016

Sufis and Mullahs: Sufis and Their Opponents in the Persianate World

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23 March 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Professor Geert Jan van Gelder, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

This lecture will focus on a number of minor poets from the first few centuries of Islam, who were said to be insane (muwaswis, literally "bewhispered"), even though their poetry was not always mad. Full details
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16 March 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Professor Lisa Wedeen, University of Chicago, USA

Sponsored by the Centre for Gulf Studies. Full details
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9 March 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Professor Nicolai Sinai, University of Oxford

This lecture will examine the noticeably elevated status and wide range of functions that the Medinan Qur'an, in contrast to the earlier Meccan surahs, ascribes to the Qur'anic messenger. The perceptible discontinuity with the Meccan presentation of Muhammad's role raises the question whether the Medinan Qur'an might be recasting and latching on to pre-existing templates of communal leadership. Professor Sinai will proprose that the Christian episcopate yields a surprising number of close overlaps. At the same time, he will also highlight important differences. In the light of the evidence presented, the Medinan Qur'an emerges as engaged in a sophisticated appropriation of a wide range of late antique predecessor traditions. Full details
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2 March 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Professor David Thomas, University of Birmingham

Christians living under early Islamic rule often enjoyed considerable social freedom, but they were also constrained by a sense of increasing inequality. In addition to discriminatory legal measures, Muslim religious writings frequently ignored Christianity as a full faith tradition. Religious experts routinely stripped it down into a series of individual teachings which they proved were weak by contrast with the strength of their own Islamic doctrines. Christianity as a tradition of faith was gradually erased from the picture and Christians were silenced as partners in religious debate. Professor Thomas has been a specialist in Islam and Christian-Muslim relations for many years. After undergraduate work at Oxford, he worked in the northern Sudan, where his interest in Islam was kindled. He took this further in theological studies at Cambridge and in PhD research at Lancaster. Professor Thomas worked in parts of the UK for some years on relations between the churches and Muslim communities, and in 1993 he was appointed Lecturer at the Centre for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Selly Oak. In 2004 he was promoted to Reader in the Department of Theology and Religion, and in 2007 was appointed Professor of Christianity and Islam. In 2011 he was made Nadir Dinshaw Professor of Interreligious Relations.. Full details
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24 February 201617:15

Visiting Speaker: Dr Andrea Mura, IAIS, University of Exeter

By assuming Islamism, as a complex, dynamic and highly differentiated discursive universe, the seminar explores the way in which territorial boundaries have variously been negotiated, disputed, and creatively reconfigured within the Islamist matrix. With intersections between political theology, Middle East politics and political thought, and a comparative approach between different eschatological traditions, the lecture draws a cartography of the ‘border’, exposing critical implications for notions of citizenship, antagonism, and religious space in the history of the twentieth-century Sunni Islamic political movement.. Full details
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17 February 201617:15

Visiting Speaker: Dr Vasileios Syros, Academy of Finland

This presentation is a preliminary attempt to look at the evolution of early Islamic and Renaissance Italian advice literature in a comparative perspective, by focusing on some of the major works produced in the 8th century Abbasid Empire and 16th century Italy. I will undertake a comparative analysis of Ibn al-Muqaffa’s (d. ca. 140/757) Adab al-Kabīr and Baldassare Castiglione’s (1478-1529) Il Libro del cortegiano (The Book of the Courtier) and canvass a shared set of themes that inform early Islamic and Renaissance Italian political discourse on the complex relationship between the ruler and his courtiers, the qualities of the ideal adviser and the dynamics of the decision-making process and consultatation. The presentation will also identify new modes of exploring the development of Abbasid and Italian court cultures within a comparative framework and revisiting their relevance in the context of current debates on effective leadership and delegation of authority.. Full details
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10 February 201617:15

Visiting Speaker: Dr Mateo Farzaneh, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, USA

Sponsored by the Centre for the Study of Islam. Full details
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10 February 201615:15

Visiting Speaker: Dr Ghassan Khatib, Vice President for Development, Birzeit University, Palestine

Sponsored by the European Centre for Palestine Studies. Full details
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3 February 201617:15

Visiting Speaker: Professor Eugene Rogan, University of Oxford

As the Great War is remembered in the rest of the world, the part the Ottomans played in that conflict must be taken into account. For it was the Ottoman front, with its Asian battlefields and global soldiers, that turned Europe's Great War into the First World War. And the consequences of that war still resonate in the modern Middle East today. Full details
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27 January 201617:15

Visiting Speaker: Dr Joost Hiltermann, International Crisis Group

IS and Us: How to Confront the Challenge of the Islamic State. Full details
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26 January 201619:30

Film Screening and Exhibition Opening

A documentary film by Yiannis Kanakis. Full details
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26 January 201617:30

Last of the Dictionary Men: Stories from the South Shields Yemeni Sailors

You are warmly invited to the opening reception of the Exhibition with an introductory talk by Iranian film director, Tina Gharavi. Bridge + Tunnel Productions has developed a unique project, engaging two international artists (Tina Gharavi and Youssef Nabil) to work collaboratively with 14 Yemeni sailors, the last survivors of the first-generation who settled in South Shields. A series of thirteen hand-coloured portraits by the internationally renowned photographer, Youssef Nabil, captures the first generation of Yemeni sailors with the pride they embody as individuals and as a community.. Full details
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18 January 201617:15

Visiting Speaker: Dr Roham Alvandi, London School of Economics and Political Science

Sponsored by the Centre for Persian and Iranian Studies. Full details
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13 January 201617:15

Visiting Speaker: Ramita Navai

Sponsored by the Centre for Persian and Iranian Studies. Full details
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10 December 201517:30

Workshop and Lecture: Professor Leon van den Broeke (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

In this lecture Professor van den Broeke will examine how European states have used “church taxes” and similar instruments to fund religious groups, and how these groups have organized their finances internally, using these and other funds.. Full details
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9 December 201517:15

Visiting speaker: Prof. Jon HOOVER (University of Nottingham)

Did Ibn Taymiyya confess to being an Ash’ari?. Full details
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2 December 201517:15

Visiting speaker: Dr. Emmanuel BLANCHARD (University of Versailles, France)

Repression of Terrorism and Internment Camps in France during the Algerian War of Independence (1954-1962). Full details
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27 November 201514:00

Visiting Speaker: Professor Ramin Jahanbegloo, Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto

Gandhi and the Idea of Democracy. Full details
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25 November 201517:15

Visiting speaker: Dr. Gabriele vom BRUCK (SOAS)

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20 November 2015 - 29 January 20169:00

Last of the Dictionary Men: Stories from the South Shields Yemeni Sailors

The North East of England boasts a proud maritime and industrial heritage that has all but disappeared from today’s landscape along the River Tyne. Within this heritage lies a remarkable Middle Eastern connection – South Shields is the Land of the Arabs! Over the course of 100 years, thousands of seamen from Yemen settled in the small town of South Shields and made it their home. Successful integration of the Yemeni community, it is argued, is one of the key multiculturalism stories that the region has to offer to the nation. In 2005, the Iranian film director, Tina Gharavi, embarked on a journey to discover the legacy of Mohammed Ali’s visit to South Shields in 1977 (one day after the Queen’s Jubilee tour to the region). While filming she met with the Yemeni elders at the Al-Azhar mosque who shared glimpses of their amazing lives, previously unknown and untold. A series of thirteen hand-coloured portraits by the internationally renowned photographer, Youssef Nabil, captures the first generation of Yemeni sailors with the pride they embody as individuals and as a community.. Full details
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19 November 201518:00

Opening Exhibition Reception: Last of the Dictionary Men - Stories from the South Shields Yemeni Sailors

The North East of England boasts a proud maritime and industrial heritage that has all but disappeared from today’s landscape along the River Tyne. Within this heritage lies a remarkable Middle Eastern connection – South Shields is the Land of the Arabs! Over the course of a 100 years, thousands of seamen from Yemen settled in the small town of South Shields and made it their home. Successful integration of the Yemeni community, it is argued, is one of the key multiculturalism stories that the region has to offer to the nation. In 2005, the Iranian film director, Tina Gharavi, embarked on a journey to discover the legacy of Mohammed Ali’s visit to South Shields in 1977 (one day after the Queen’s Jubilee tour to the region). While filming she met with the Yemeni elders at the Al-Azhar mosque who shared glimpses of their amazing lives, previously unknown and untold. A series of thirteen hand-coloured portraits by the internationally renowned photographer, Youssef Nabil, captures the first generation of Yemeni sailors with the pride they embody as individuals and as a community.. Full details
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18 November 201517:15

Visiting speaker: Professor Sami ZUBAIDA (Birkbeck College, London)

Middle Eastern food cultures are products of geography, ecology and the mixing and syntheses of historical empires, the most recent being the Ottoman. The discourses of the emerging nation-states and their imagination have included assertion of national and ethnic cuisine: Turkish (or ‘Ottoman’), Iranian, Lebanese, Iraqi, or Arab, Armenian and Kurdish, with implications of historical roots going back centuries. I argue that food cultures are related more to geography than ethnicity or nation, and that what we eat now is the product of historical transformations more than continuities, such as the import of New World products, notably the tomato, and more recent globalised exchanges and innovations. And what is ‘Mediterranean cuisine’?. Full details
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17 November 201517:00

Visiting Speaker: Dr Muhammad Najib Azca (Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia)

While the image of jihad activism has been portrayed in Western media commonly associated with terrorism, my research revealed another side of the picture: it also has unique link to the new dynamic of local politics in the post-authoritarian Indonesia. Focusing on non-local actors of Islamist movements who taking part in religious communal violence in 1999-2002 in eastern Indonesia, called as holy war or jihad, the research found that those who joined in jihad mobilization comes from various networks of Islamist activism: Jihadi, Wahabi, and Political activists. The presentation will centre on jihad actors from political activism network in their post-jihad involvement in eastern Indonesia. Full details
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12 November 201518:15

Special Film Screening of Queens of Syria

An award-winning documentary film, directed by Yasmin Fedda, Queens of Syria tells the story of fifty women from Syria, forced into exile in Jordan, who came together in Autumn 2013 to create and perform their own version of the Trojan Women, the timeless Ancient Greek tragedy about the plight of women in war. Winner of the Black Pearl Award for Best Documentary Director from the Arab World at Abu Dhabi Film Festival, 2014 Special Mention from the UNHCR at the 3rd edition of the Human Rights Film Festival in Tunis 2014 (Human Screen Festival 2014). Full details
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12 November 201516:30

Reflections on Vatican II: Religions in a World of Religious Diversity

Panel discussion to include reflections from Catholic and non-Catholic perspectives. Full details
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4 November 201517:15

Visiting speaker: Professor Blain AUER (Lausanne University, Switzerland)

This talk concerns the construction and production of Persian historiography in India during the medieval period. It considers debates about the knowledge of history in the broader intellectual milieu developing across the Middle East and South Asia in the 13th and 14th centuries. Finally, it attempts to confront broader challenges in the writing of Islamic history in relation to myth and religion. Full details
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31 October - 1 November 20159:30

Early Career Middle Eastern Studies Research Network (MESnet) Workshop

A 2-day workshop consisting of talks and roundtables on Getting Published, Careers in Middle Eastern Studies, Digital Networking & Social Media, and Impact & Relevance (Day 1 - Career Development) and an academic conference where participants can present their research (Day 2 - Academic Conference). Full details
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14 October 201517:15

Professor Dirk Moses, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

The right of violent resistance to occupation and the protection of international law generally are often asserted by proponents of occupied peoples. If only international law were respected, so the argument goes, indigenous peoples would be able to repel colonists' transformative occupation. In this paper, I challenge this common view by showing how the law of occupation has always favoured the occupier as does international law more generally. If peoples want to resist transformative occupations, they have to face the forces arrayed against them without misplaced trust in the law. Full details
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2 - 4 October 2015

Conference on Settler Colonialism in Palestine & Workshop on the Naqab Bedouin

The study of settler colonialism as an historical, geographical and political formation is attracting the attention of more and more scholars around the globe. Our effort will be oriented towards the examination of the settler colonial paradigm’s validity in the context of Palestine. The organisers encourage interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to the study of settler colonialism in Palestine, so as to build bridges between settler colonial studies and other disciplines, as well as to challenge Israel’s alleged exceptionality. Full details
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16 June 201517:15

Visiting Speaker: Dr Ziba Mir-Hosseini, SOAS

Dr Ziba Mir-Hosseini (www.zibamirhosseini.com) will critically assess an assumption that underpins much of thinking around gender relations in modern Islam: that God gave men authority over women in the Quran, Sura 4, verse 34. To do this, she will use her research, and that of others, under the auspices of the Musawah project. Full details
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8 - 9 June 20159:00

Researching the Middle East: Fieldwork, Archives, Issues, and Ethics

Submission deadline: 16th April 2015 Email to iaispgrconference@exeter.ac.uk. Full details
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4 June 201517:30

Book Launch by Jenny Balfour Paul

Jenny Balfour Paul will give a talk about Thomas Machell. This intriguing odyssey, set on the edges of time, encompasses biography, memoir, detective story, travelogue and history. Full details
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3 June 201517:15

Visiting Lecture: Dr Shuruq Naguib, Lancaster University

Dr Shuruq Naguib will give a lecture on the Egyptian Qur’anic commentator, Bint al-Shati’, famous for her contribution to rhetorical analysis of the Qur’an, gender issues, and understanding the Qur’an in the light of contemporary structures of knowledge. Full details
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20 May 201517:15

Roundtable with Dr Alireza Bhojani (Al-Mahdi Institute, Birmingham), Dr Haifaa Jawad (Dept of Theology and Religious Study, University of Birmingham) and Dr Karim Lahham (Tabah Foundation/Barrister Inner London Temple)

The Roundtable will explore, from different perspectives, examining the major intellectual challenges for Muslims in the contemporary period. This event will be chaired by Dr Mustafa Baig. Full details
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18 May 20159:00

Ecologies of Violence and Genealogies of Terror

A one day symposium sponsored by the Centre for Gulf Studies, at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies. For information contact: n.al-qasimi@exeter.ac.uk or w.Gallois@exeter.ac.uk. Full details
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6 May 201517:15

Visiting Speaker: Dr Meir Hatina Professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The expansion of secular education, the rise of a literate public, and the development of mass media in the Arab and Muslim milieu from the nineteenth century onward evoked a strong measure of pluralization in religious knowledge, and a resultant fragmentation in religious authority and its sources. The religious scholarly community was transformed from an elitist body of ‘ulama’ and Sufi shaykhs to a dissolute group and an arena for various cultural agents who struggled for representation and political power, as well as for the right to shape the values of society. The lecture explores major developments in the concept of religious authority in modern Islamic thought, analyzing its sources and spokesmen, while also providing comparative insights regarding Sunna and Shi‘a, as well as Islam and Judaism.. Full details
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25 March 201517:15

Visiting Speaker: Prof Simona Sharoni, The State University of New York in Plattsburgh

There is much to learn about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the analysis of community-base research conducted by the Women’s Studies Institute at Birzeit University in Palestine or from listening to the accounts of Israeli soldiers who refuse to serve in the Occupied Territories. However, these stories are seldom included in most accounts of the conflict. By focusing on gender and resistance, this book addresses dimensions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that are often overlooked or altogether ignored by politicians, ordinary scholars, and the mainstream media. Unlike conventional accounts that portray the conflict as a primordial, intractable war between two collectivities with competing claims over the same territory, the analysis featured in this talk exposes the power asymmetries and systemic injustices at the heart of the conflict. The talk chronicles the gendered aspects of the conflict and resistance acts in both Palestine and Israel with special attention to the situation on the ground in the aftermath of the July 2014 Massive Israeli attack on Gaza. Using an original framework that foregrounds feminism as a theory of anti-oppression and liberation the talk offers an original analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the prospects for its resolution.. Full details
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23 March 201517:15

Dr Lia Brynjar, Associate Professor, University of Oslo, Norway

The rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has drawn renewed attention to the notion of “a jihadi state” as a real world experience. Comparing the “Islamic State” with previous jihadi “emirates” and proto-states, his lecture discusses how militant Islamists cope with the dilemmas of state building. Particular attention is devoted to explaining the apparently irrational behavior of many jihadi groups in situations where adaptation and pragmatism would have seemed more logical.. Full details
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23 March 201515:00

Dr Talmiz Ahmad

Talmiz Ahmad joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1974. He served in Kuwait, Baghdad and Sanaa, early in his career, followed by postings in New York, Jeddah, London and Pretoria. He was the ambassador to Saudi Arabia twice, between 2000-03 and then again in 2010-11.He was also ambassador to the UAE (2007-10) and Oman (2003-04). He was Additional Secretary for International Cooperation in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas during 2004-06. In 2006-07, he was Director General of the Indian Council of World Affairs. After retirement from foreign service in 2011, he worked in the corporate sector in Dubai for three years. He is now a business consultant in Dubai. He has written three books: Reform in the Arab World: External Influences and Regional Debates (India Research Press, 2005), Children of Abraham at War: the Clash of Messianic Militarisms (Aakar Books, 2010) and The Islamist Challenge in West Asia: Doctrinal and Political Competitions after the Arab Spring (Pentagon Press, 2013). He writes and lectures frequently on the politics of West Asia, political Islam and energy security. He is currently a Visiting Distinguished Fellow at Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi.. Full details
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18 March 201517:15

Reimagining Political Space--Empire, Revolts, and Competitive State-Formation in the Middle East and North Africa in the 1920s

Against a dominant historical narrative emphasizing the importance of war-time agreements (Sykes-Picot et al) and the post-World War I peace settlement in "making" the modern Middle East, this paper shifts the focus to the postwar decade, examining a set of synchronic "revolts" in the mid-1920s from Morocco to Turkey that were critical in negotiating new political topographies in North Africa the Middle East. This comparative analysis works out different typologies of state formation (both by the British, French, Italian, and Spanish colonial powers and by local actors including Ataturk, Ibn Saud, and Abd al-Krim) and of anti-state resistance, emphasizing the importance of transregional linkages during this critical historical juncture. Full details
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11 March 201517:15

Dr Guy Laron, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

A global crisis that enveloped the developing world in the 1960s shifted the balance of power between civilians and generals in Israel, Egypt, and Syria during the years 1963-1967. It also caused the Soviet Union and the U.S. to militarize their relations with the Middle East. These changes exacerbated existing tensions in the region and created an inflammable environment in which war more probable. The combination of weak civilian leaderships, powerful generals, and interlocking alliances which typified the Middle East in the 1960s is not unique. There is at least one similar instance: namely, World War I. Both the Six-Day war and World War I are examples to how regional wars might start: global shifts causing domestic instability, which, in turn, aggravates regional tensions.. Full details
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25 February 201517:15

CANCELLED : Neoliberal Autocracy and its Unmaking: Syria from 2000 to the present

Due to unfortunate personal circumstances the speaker is unable to give this talk, so we will be rearranging this talk at a later date. Full details
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24 February 201517:30

Books and Bibliophiles: Studies in Honour of Paul Auchterlonie on the Bio-bibliography of the Muslim World ed. R. Gleave

The Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter invites you to the launch of: Jokes in Safavid Iran Professor Sajjad Rizvi Assistant Professor of Islamic Intellectual History Head of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter Paul Auchterlonie was the Librarian for Arabic and Middle East Studies here at the University of Exeter from 1981 until his (semi) retirement in 2011. Since then we have been delight that he has accepted our invitation to be an honorary fellow here in the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies. Paul's contribution to Middle Eastern studies librarianship was not limited to the Universities of Lancaster and exeter where he worked during his distinguished career. He was pivotal in the on-going success of the Middle East Libraries Committee (MELCOM), a society which brings together Middle East librarians to work together and provide this specialist library service to researchers and students in UK universities. Paul was also central to MELCOM International, a similar body bringing together Middle East librarians on a Europe-wide basis. And more than this, Paul has also published widely in the field of Middle East librarianship, archival collections and the early relationships between the Islamic world and the UK. This collection of studies, from scholars across Europe, from researchers and research librarians, is a token of the appreciation in the field for his contribution. All are welcome to attend.. Full details
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18 February 201517:00

Before the Portolan Charts: Navigation and Maritime Spaces in the Fatimid Book of Curiosities - by Dr Yossef Rapoport

The talk will examine the earliest textual account of navigation that has come to us from any medieval Muslim source: the diagrams of seas, islands and bays in the Fatimid Book of Curiosities. The maps of the Mediterranean and Cyprus, as well as a diagram of the Bays of Byzantium, contain rich details of navigation along the coasts, including the quality and size of harbours, sailing distances, water sources and wind directions. This paper will outline the significance of these diagrams in the context of the Mediterranean as a shared (and contested) space, highlighting the differences between these images and the European portolan charts of the later Middle Ages. Full details
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18 February 201513:00

'Academic Writing & Publishing: Advice from an Editor.' by Dr James Onley

For post graduate students and Staff. 'Academic Writing & Publishing: Advice from an Editor.' Wednesday 18th February 2015. 1pm - 2pm Lecture theatre 1 by Dr James Onley. Full details
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11 February 201517:15

Dr Gina Bekker, School of Law Ulster University.

Rights violations in North Africa have increasingly been the subject of much discussion in the media as well as in academia. This seminar will consider the response of the African Union mechanisms charged with the promotion and protection of human rights on the African continent to these violations. In this regard, the work of the African Commission and African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights will be explored. Issues considered include, the right to life, women’s rights, democracy and transitions, rights of internally displaced persons, forced evictions, freedom from torture and fair trial rights.. Full details
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11 February 201517:15

Rights in North Africa: The African Commission and African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights ’ by Dr Gina Bekker

Rights violations in North Africa have increasingly been the subject of much discussion in the media as well as in academia. This seminar will consider the response of the African Union mechanisms charged with the promotion and protection of human rights on the African continent to these violations. In this regard, the work of the African Commission and African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights will be explored. Issues considered include, the right to life, women’s rights, democracy and transitions, rights of internally displaced persons, forced evictions, freedom from torture and fair trial rights. Full details
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11 February 201513:00

Careers and Further Study with an IAIS degree

This panel discussion is part of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies Careers Days. 11:00-12:00: Drop in session with Susannah Day, Global Employability Consultant in IAIS common room. 12:00-1:00pm: What can I do with my IAIS degree? with Careers Consultant Mark Armitage in IAIS Seminar Room 2 1:00-2:30pm: Panel Discussion: Careers and further study with an IAIS degree in IAIS LT1 (please sign up for the panel discussion through http://ex.ac.uk/DT) The panel will be followed by an opportunity to network with our guest speakers. 2:30-3:30pm: Networking tea and cake – a chance to have a chat with the panelists over tea and cake on the IAIS street.. Full details
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21 January 201517:15

The divine man’s Holy Spirit. Some new remarks regarding Imamate and prophecy

A certain number of Imamite traditions speak of the imam’s ‘‘five spirits’’ among which is the holy spirit (rūḥ al-quds). This notion of the divine man’s ‘‘intellective organs’’ – which can be found in other esoteric Shi’ite sources as well as in al-Ḥakīm al-Tirmidhī’s work – seems to find its origins in a number of Manichean and Gnostic anthropologic and noetic doctrines. These in turn appear to be exegeses of Isaiah 11: 2-3 and commentaries on the 19th logion of the Gospel of Thomas (in particular Manichean writings such as the Coptic Psalter and the Chinese treatise so-called “Traité Chavannes-Pelliot”). These traditions, alongside many others pertaining to the imams’ qualifiers, allusively or implicitly emphasize the latter’s and even their initiated followers’ prophetic capacities. How does one accord this doctrine with the orthodox dogma according to which Muḥammad is the “last of the prophets”? Has the Quranic expression khātim/khātam al-anbiyā’ always had this particular meaning for Muslims? Examining this expression’s historical background seems to prove the contrary – at least during the very first centuries of the Hijra. This explains the ancient Shi’ite texts’ ambiguous stand as well as a certain practice of the taqiyya applied to this data. CV: Mohammad Ali AMIR-MOEZZI is professor at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Sorbonne University) where he holds the classical Islamic studies chair once held by Louis Massignon, Henry Corbin and Daniel Gimaret. He is the author of a great number of books and articles dealing with such subjects as classical Shi’ite Islam and the history of the Quran. Among these: Le Guide divin dans le shi’isme originel (Paris, Verdier, 1992; English transl. The Divine Guide in Early Shi’ism, New York, SUNY Press, 1994); La religion discrète: croyances et pratiques spirituelles dans l’islam shi’ite, Paris, Vrin, 2006 (English transl. The Spirituality of Shi’i Islam: Beliefs and Practices, London-New York, I.B.Tauris, 2011); Le Coran silencieux et le Coran parlant. Sources scripturaires de l’islam entre histoire et ferveur, Paris, CNRS Editions, 2011 (transl. The Silent Quran and the Speaking Quran, forthcoming, Columbia University Press). He also supervised the Dictionnaire du Coran, Paris, 2007. Full details
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14 January 201517:15

The Twelve Israeli Wars On Gaza

Jean-Pierre Filiu is professor of Middle East studies at Sciences Po, Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA). He has held visiting professorships both at Columbia and Georgetown universities. He is the author of « Apocalypse in Islam » (University of California Press) and « The Arab Revolution » (Hurst). His last book, « Gaza, a History », has been published in September 2014 by Hurst.. Full details
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3 December 201417:15

Citizenship after Orientalism

This lecture reflects on the process and findings of a research programme that began in 2002 in Canada as a project associated with Canada Research Chair (CRC) grant and ended in the UK with a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced grant in 2014. It outlines the original premises of the research, various research projects undertaken on Islamic trust, discusses difficulties of undertaking transdisciplinary research, and the possible contributions of this research programme to understanding political subjectivity called citizenship.. Full details
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25 November 201417:15

"Between Authoritarianism and Intellectualism. Some Recent Controversies on the Role of Hadith in Sunnite Islam"

Prof. Rainer Brunner, born in 1964, was appointed as a Director of Research at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris, in 2005. Before that he had held positions as a Research Associate at the Orientalisches Seminar of Freiburg University (1998-2004), Invited Director of Research at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, Section Sciences Religieuses at the Sorbonne (2002), Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Hebrew University Jerusalem (2002/03), and was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (2004/05). His main research interests are modern Muslim intellectual history, especially the history and theology of the Shia, the relationship between Sunni and Shia, and Islam in Europe.. Full details
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5 November 201417:15

Indonesia’s Islamic Revolution

From 1945 to 1949, as the nascent nation of Indonesia fought off Dutch re-colonization, several simultaneous understandings of the fight were current among the fighters. The Islamic understanding, calling the fight against the Dutch a Holy War and expecting the creation of an Islamic state, was held among religious militias and pious communities across the archipelago. This presentation, a summary of Dr Fogg’s forthcoming monograph, explains some of the characteristics of the Islamic understanding of the revolution at the grassroots level, and contrasts that experience with the struggle of Islamic politicians in the highest echelons of the government. Finally, it draws some conclusions about how the Indonesian revolution set up the structures of Islamic life and politics in Indonesia until today.. Full details
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22 October 201417:15

Female Islamic Authority in the Middle East and beyond

‘In many areas of the globe, women speak on behalf of Islam by teaching, preaching, and interpreting Islamic texts. This talk places female religious leadership in historical context, discussing early Islamic precedents as well as the social, cultural, and political trends that have contributed to contemporary trends in Islam leadership, male and female. It presents twentieth-century Egypt as a case study that can enhance our understanding of the emergence and expansion of contemporary forms of female Islamic leadership and authority around the world’. 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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1 October 201417:15

Public Event. Visiting Speaker : Onnik James Krikorian

Onnik James Krikorian is a journalist, photojournalist, and media consultant from the United Kingdom. He has worked for the UK and International Media and from 2007-2012 was the Caucasus Regional Editor for Global Voices. Living in Yerevan, Armenia, since 1998, he moved to Tbilisi, Georgia, in 2012.Launching his first web site in 1994 he has focused on publishing material online on issues overlooked by the mainstream media such as poverty and minority issues in transitional countries.Since 1994 he has covered the frozen conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed territory of Nagorno Karabakh and from 1995-1997 worked extensively on human rights issues related to the Kurds in Turkey. In 1998 that work saw him visit the Republic of Armenia to research the Yezidi minority in the country for the London-based Kurdish Human Rights Project (KHRP). This has included working closely with academics researching the same issues.His work on the frozen conflicts of the South Caucasus, including countering single narratives and amplifying alternative voices using new and social media, has also recently brought him into the sphere of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE). This particularly concerns the use of new and social media by extremist groups such as al-Qaeda and the Islamic State. With frozen conflicts thawing and developments in Iraq cause for considerable concern, such a need is more urgent than ever.http://onnik-krikorian.com/. Full details
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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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21 November 201213:00

Understanding Business for Social Scientists

We show how social sciences students can demonstrate business acumen to employers. Business awareness applies to a variety of careers- even teachers need commercial awareness! This session will provide the tools to enable you to discuss your understanding of business more confidently at interview. This event is part of a series of talks delivered by the Careers team in the College of Social Sciences and International studies. Full details
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15 November 201212:00

How to make a good impression with your application form to a law firm

Anup Vithlani, Graduate Recruitment Manager for Trowers and Hamlins will run through his "do's" and "don'ts" with application form writing.Trowers and Hamlins is an international law firm with offices in the UK, Middle East and South East Asia. See http://www.trowers.com/careers/students/ for information about their graduate recruitment schemes.Trowers and Hamlins are keen to meet Exeter students at this event to discuss recruitment to the firm. Following on from this talk, Anup will be available for around 45 minutes in the Institute of Arab and Islamic studies to discuss their graduate training schemes. You may be interested to know that the training contracts available in their Manchester and Exeter offices both involve working in the Middle East. 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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31 October 201214:00

Careers in Translating - a panel discussion

The panel members are:Chair: Nesrin Amin http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/iais/staff/amin/Panel member: Paul Bickham from Sure Languages http://www.sure-languages.com/Panel member: Liz Harris, International Committee of the Red Cross sourcing delegate www.icrc.orgPanel member: Leslie McLoughlin http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/iais/staff/mcloughlin/Example questions: Q1. Why you went in to your career and how you got in the position you are currently in?Q2. What practical advice would you give to anyone interested in a career in translation?Q3. What postgraduate qualifications, if any, are needed to be a professional translator?Q4. How do you become a freelance translator?. 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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24 October 201212:00

What job would suit me?

Careers consultant Tom McAndrew will talk through how you can find out what your strengths and weaknesses are, what skills and attributes you possess and how you can match them to potential careers. This event is part of a series of talks delivered by the Careers team in the College of Social Sciences and International studies.. Full details
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16 October 201213:00

What Career can I do with a Social Sciences Degree?

Careers consultant Tom McAndrew will run through some of the ways you can research careers, find out what may suit you. This talk is aimed at penultimate and final year social sciences students - especially if you have no idea what you want to do! Materials will also be available. This event is part of a series of talks delivered by the Careers team in the College of Social Sciences and International studies.. 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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