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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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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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29 June 202114:00

IAIS PGR Research Seminars 2021

All students and staff are welcome to attend. Full details
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25 June 202112:00

IAIS PGR Research Seminars 2021

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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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16 June 202112:30

Wednesday CSI lunchtime seminar

Pooya Razavian (Birmingham): Motahari: On Rights, Capabilities, and Moral Ontology. 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

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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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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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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 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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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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13 May 202112:00

POSTPONED: IAIS PGR Research Seminars 2021

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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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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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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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23 April 202112:00

IAIS PGR Research Seminars 2021

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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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26 February 202112:00

IAIS PGR Research Seminars 2021

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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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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 202116:00

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

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29 January 202112:00

IAIS PGR Research Seminars 2021

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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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14 January 202116:00

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

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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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13 November 202012:30

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

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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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7 October 202012:30

Wednesday CSI Lunchtime Seminar

Presenters: Kubra Memis and Abdullah Almatar. 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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20 February 201917:15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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15 October 201811:00

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

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

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

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

Visiting speaker: Shir Hever

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

Visiting speaker: Alexandra Hyde

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

Visiting speaker: Saeed ZarrabiI-Zadeh

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

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

You are very welcome to come and listen to a number of current IAIS PhD and Research Fellows who will be giving presentations on their research. Full details
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15 October 201417:15

Christian-Muslim relations in the Inquisition Malta 1605

In 1605 a Moorish slave of the Knights of St. John, Sellem Bin al-Sheikh Mansur, was put on trial by the Roman Inquisition on Malta accused of practising magic among the Christians on the island. The Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project Magic in Malta, 1605 examines this one magic trial in detail, and will use the evidence contained therein to open up a myriad of aspects of life in early-modern Malta, including the place of slaves, Christian-Muslim relations, and the roles of magic and of the Inquisition. In this lecture the project team Professor Dionisius A. Agius, Dr Catherine Rider and Dr Alex Mallett will present the background to the project, including the island's communities (Christians and slaves) at the time, the trial document, and aspects of popular magic.. Full details
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18 March 20145:15

Prof Hans Diaber

The growing interest of the Arabs in Arabic translations from Greek since the 8th century has been interpreted as a sign of humanism in Islam. This is comparable to humanists in Europe who, since the 14th century, considered the Greek and Latin literature the foundation of spiritual and moral education. We will have to address the question of whether a similar ideal of education has been developed in harmony with religion in the Islamic cultural sphere. The perceived tension between the humanists of antiquity and Christianity has a parallel in the tensions between Islamic religiosity and a rational Islamic worldview. However, there are past and present approaches to developing an educational ideal, which is comparable to the European concept of a moral shaping of the individual.. Full details
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11 March 201417:15

Mark Fitzpatrick (IISS )

With the implementation details having been worked out for the interim nuclear deal that Iran and the six major powers reached in late November, Irans enrichment capability is capped for the next six months and Iran is experiencing limited sanctions relief for the first time in many years. The mood is optimistic in Iran and in most other concerned countries with two notable exceptions among Irans most sceptical antagonists. Mark Fitzpatrick will offer his assessment of the interim deal and of the prospects for a comprehensive agreement being reached during the 6-month period.. Full details
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26 February 201417:15

Dr Maha Yamani ( Independant Researcher)

The terms 'Muslim', 'Islamic', and 'Shariah' law have become intermixed, and often used to cover a wide area of rules some religious but others not. These rules have an Islamic origin but have since been restructured and adapted into an expansive field of laws spanning the many diverse cultures, ethnic groups, and geographical areas that now represent the Muslim religion. I sometimes encounter questions along the lines of "What is your opinion regarding the position of women under Muslim law?" Or I face an inquiry regarding "The interpretation of (a specific case) under 'Shari'ah' law"Through the use of examples, my talk will illustrate the way in which 'Muslim' laws have been moulded and shaped by the people who use them. Full details
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19 February 201417:00

Dr Uri Davis Al-Quds University Jerusalem

After defining the key terms of his Paper (What is Palestine?; What is political-Zionism?; What are Zionist Institutions?; What is ethnic cleansing?; What is apartheid?) and after considering the analogies and the specificities of Israeli apartheid versus past South African apartheid as well as the political implication of declaring Israel an apartheid state under international law - the Paper discusses future dangers and ambiguities underpinning the partial diplomatic victory of the PLO/State of Palestine in the UN and concludes that the next best step for Palestine in the UN could very well be: pressing the UNGA to reduce the status of Israel from a Full-Member state to an Observer-Member state so longs as the core of strategic Israeli apartheid legislation is not dismantled, and in this connection declare the borders of Observer-Member "Jewish" (or better Hebrew) state to be the borders designated in UNGA Resolution 181(ii) of 1947. Full details
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5 February 201417:00

Dominic Casciani ( Home Affairs Correspondent. BBC News)

There has long been a tense debate about how the British news media goes about reporting counter-terrorism, security and related issues. BBC News home affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani explains how he and his colleagues go about their job - and the practical and editorial challenges they face.The talk will give you an insight into how modern 24-hour news organisations operate from the moment that the police make an arrest to the point that a jury reaches a verdict.Dominic will explore some of the major issues that organisations like the BBC grapple with these major stories - and how the BBC goes about trying to unpeel their many layers.Dominic Casciani has covered terrorism and security for BBC News for a decade on TV, Radio and Online.In 2011 he won a landmark court battle with the government to film the story of a terrorism suspect held for eight years without trial. In 2013 he was one of a just a few journalists to witness the deportation of Abu Qatada to Jordan. Full details
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30 January 201417:00

Prof. Ghanim al-Najjar

20 years ago, the world started a political discourse of human rights with the World Conference on Human rights held in June 1993 in Vienna. Hopes were high that the world was entering a new era, in which human dignity would be the main catalyst of world international affairs and path.Abstract: 20 years ago, the world started a political discourse of human rights with the World Conference on Human rights held in June 1993 in Vienna. Hopes were high that the world was entering a new era, in which human dignity would be the main catalyst of world international affairs and relations. The question now is not whether those hopes were genuine, but whether any progress has been made in this path. How human rights dynamics are featured in the international scene, and do human rights matter at all in international, regional, and national decision making? This question is especially relevant in the so-called "empty quarter" of democracy, i.e. the Middle East. Full details
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29 January 201417:15

Prof Guy Standing - The Global Precariat - Why it is the new dangerous class

Globalisation and the neo-liberal economic policies underpinning it have spawned a global class structure, in which the precariat is the new mass class. It consists of millions living in insecurity, without occupational identities, without control of their lives, without secure income and losing rights. Many are still unaware that they are in it or close to being in it. But millions do recognise themselves as in it. The precariat is not yet a class-for-itself. Indeed, it is almost at war with itself. But that is changing as the anxiety, alienation, anomie and anger are growing everywhere.This presentation will draw on a recent book to consider what may happen as the precariat swells. Governments have yet to understand; a politics of inferno is building up, against which a new politics of paradise is urgently required.. Full details
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22 January 201417:15

Dr Laurent Bonnefoy - The Yemini Revolution and the Salafis

Since 2011, Yemen has engaged in a revolutionary process whose outcomes remain unknown but which has clearly transformed the political landscape. Some Salafis have seized the opportunity to break with their quietist past and to form a political party: Ittihad al-Rashad. They are now appearing as potential competitors of the Muslim Brotherhood. Other Salafis have resisted such a move towards overt politicization and have long advocated the status-quo. This lecture will analyse the debates unfolding in the Salafi field and will highlight how these are meaningful if one wants to understand contemporary dynamics in Yemen.Contactz.jennings@exeter.ac.uk. 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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15 July 201312:30

IAIS Graduation Reception Drinks

The Institute is holding a special reception in the IAIS Common Room for graduating students and their families (and IAIS staff) on Monday 15th July 12.30 2.30 pm. The time is chosen to accommodate graduates from the morning ceremony and graduands awaiting the afternoon ceremony. Drinks will bubble, and Middle Eastern canapes will be served so do come and join us, celebrate your success and say au revoir (we hope to see you back at the Institute)! Unfortunately this event is for staff, students and family members only, and is not open to the general public. Full details
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30 March 2013

(AHRC) Classical Persian Poetry & poets: The Timurid & Turkmen Periods - Dr Leonard Lewisohn

The workshop focuses on the life, works and thought of all major and some of the minor poets who flourished during in the late Mongol, Timurid and Trkmen periods (roughly the 14th-15th centuries) when most the models of classical Persian poetry were perfected, and during which many major Persian poets flourished. Participants will discuss and revisit the quite different conclusions regarding the decadence or deviance of the poets of this period that scholars have reached. Some of issues raised by the speakers will include: intertextuality in Persian poetry; bachannalian and wine symbolism; eroticism and doctrines of love; Ibn Arabis theomonism; development of poetic genres; and the politics of patronage on Persian poetry.. Full details
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26 March 201317:15

Syria's Islamists: re-construction through militarisation - Dr Thomas Pierret

Dr. Pierret earned his PhD in Political and Social Sciences at Sciences Po Paris and the Catholic University of Louvain (2009), funded by the Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (Belgium).He received his License in Modern History from the University of Lige (2001), his MA in International Politics from the Free University of Brussels (2002), and his MA in Comparative Politics (Muslim world) from Sciences Po Paris (2003).He attended a year-long intensive advanced Arabic language course at the French Institute of Damascus (2003-4).In 2010, he was a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University, Department of Near Eastern Studies.In 2011, he was a visiting fellow at the Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin. Full details
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20 March 201317:15

CANCELLED Persian Poems: The gestation of a book - Bruce Wannell and Robert Maxwell

CANCELLED due to unforeseen circumstances; sincere apologies: Bruce Wannell (traveller and linguist) and Robert Maxwell (poet) will introduce their new parallel text translation of Persian poems. Full details
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13 March 201317:15

Islam in Europe: Hospitality, Migrancy and Sovereignty - Professor Meyda Yegenoglu

Meyda Yegenoglu is a professor of Cultural Studies at Bilgi University, Istanbul-Turkey. She has held visiting appointments at Columbia University, Oberlin College, Rutgers University, New York University, University of Vienna and Oxford University. She is the author of Colonial Fantasies; Towards a Feminist Reading of Orientalism (Cambridge University Press,1998). She has numerous essays published in various journals and edited volumes such as Feminist Postcolonial Theory; Postcolonialism, Feminism and Religious Discourse; Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism; Postmodern Culture; Race and Ethnic Relations; Culture and Religion; Inscriptions; Religion and Gender; Handbook of Contemporary Social and Political Theory; State, Religion and Secularization; Feminism and Hospitality; Toplum ve Bilim; Defter; and Dou-Bat. Her latest book Islam, Migrancy, and Hospitality in Europe has recently come out. Full details
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8 March 201317:15

CANCELLED Muslims in Britain - Not 'People Like Us'? Dr Ghada Karmi

CANCELLED due to unforeseen circumstances.. Full details
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6 March 201317:15

Pakistan as a Political Idea, Dr Faisal Devji

Dr Faisal Devji is University Reader in Modern South Asian History. He has held faculty positions at the New School in New York, Yale University and the University of Chicago, from where he also received his PhD in Intellectual History. Devji was Junior Fellow at the Society of Fellows, Harvard University, and Head of Graduate Studies at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London, from where he directed post-graduate courses in the Near East and Central Asia. He sits on the editorial board of the journal Public Culture. Full details
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28 February 201317:15

Mona Siddiqui - Reflections on Jesus in Christian - Muslim Encounter

Mona Siddiqui joined the University of Edinburghs Divinity school in December 2011 as the first Muslim chair in Islamic and Interreligious Studies. Prior to this she was Professor of Islamic Studies at Glasgow University for 15 years where she directed the Centre for the Study of Islam. Her research areas are primarily in the field of Islamic jurisprudence and Christian-Muslim relations. Amongst her publications are Christians, Muslims and Jesus (Yale University Press, 2013), The Good Muslim: Reflections on Classical Islamic Law and Theology (Cambridge University Press, 2012), The Routledge Reader in Christian-Muslim Relations, (Routledge 2012) How to read the Quran (Granta 2007) as well as numerous articles and think pieces. She currently holds a visiting professorship at the universities of Utrecht and Tilburg and is an associate scholar at Georgetown University's Berkley Centre for Religion, Peace and World Affairs. In her public work she engages on issues of faith and ethics in society as a well known public intellectual. Professor Siddiqui is a regular commentator in print and broadcasting media, a frequent contributor to Thought for the day for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland and chairs the BBCs Religious Advisory Committee. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Royal Society of Arts and an honorary fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Scottish Architects in recognition of her public work in the UK. In 2011 she was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her contribution to interfaith services. She holds 3 honorary doctorates and currently serves as Assistant Principal for Religion and Society at Edinburgh University.. Full details
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20 February 201317:15

Iran and the West : Slaying the Demons, Edward Chaplin

As international tension builds again over Iran's alleged drive for a nuclear weapon, former diplomat Edward Chaplin looks at the prospects for a peaceful resolution which might finally allow the normalisation of relations between Iran and the international community. He argues that such an outcome requires negotiations going well beyond the nuclear issue, and the rethinking by both Iran and the West of long held assumptions about each others' policies and motives. Full details
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8 February 201317:15

Return of a King. The Battle for Afghanistan, William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple is the bestselling author of In Xanadu, City of Djinns, From the Holy Mountain, The Age of Kali, White Mughals, The Last Mughal and, most recently, Nine Lives. He has won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award, the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year Award, the French Prix dAstrolabe, the Wolfson Prize for History, the Scottish Book of the Year Award, the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize, the Asia House Award for Asian Literature, the Vodafone Crossword Award and has three times been long listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize. In 2012 he was appointed Whitney J. Oates Visiting Fellow in Humanities at Princeton University. He lives with his wife and three children on a farm outside Delhi. Full details
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6 February 201317:15

Revolutions and Elite Factionalism in Egypt and Bahrain - Dr Laurence Louer

Laurence Louer is Research Fellow at CERI/SciencesPo in Paris. She has served as a permanent consultant for the Policy Planning Department of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (CAP ) since 2004 and as co-editor-in-chief of Critique internationale since 2006. Her research focuses on the politics of identity and ethnicity in the Middle East. Full details
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30 January 201317:15

Peace in Turkey, Dr Tim Jacoby

After graduating in History and working as a school teacher in Turkey and Nigeria, Dr Tim Jacoby won an Economic and Social Research Council scholarship for a MA in International Conflict Analysis at the University of Kent. From 1999 to 2003, he then completed his PhD and an Economic and Social Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Politics at the University of York. He joined the Institute for Development Policy & Management at the University of Manchester in 2003 where he is now Senior Lecturer in Conflict Studies. In 2009, he helped to found the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute at the University of Manchester. Tim Jacobys research initially focussed on state development in Turkey, but a particular interest in issues of minority identity and politics there has led him to study broader topics related to political violence, civil society, Islam, nationalism and post-conflict reconstruction.. Full details
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23 January 201317:15

The Disease of Love.A Medical View of Infatuation in the Medieval Arab World.

Between 1999 and 2001 Dr Karmi was an Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, where she worked on a reconciliation project in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Most of her recent research has been on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and has appeared widely on the British and Arab media and also contributes articles on Middle Eastern subjects to the Arabic and British press.. Full details
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10 December 201217:15

Dr Walid Saleh "The Hashiya as Intellectual History: A Reassessment of the History of Islamic Religious thought"

Walid Saleh was born in Colombia to immigrant Lebanese parents, who returned to the Middle East so the children would learn Arabic. Dr. Salehs undergraduate degree was at the American University of Beirut, in Arabic literature and language. In addition to his doctoral studies at Yale University in Islamic Studies, where he studied the Quran and its exegesis in medieval Islamic Civilization, Dr. Saleh also studied at Hamburg University. He had fellowships from the NEH, the American Research Center in Cairo, and the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. He was also awarded a three year fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Full details
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6 December 201217:00

Jerusalem - Story of a Contested City

Ghada Karmi is an honorary research fellow and an assistant lecturer at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies. Between 1999 and 2001 she was an Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, London, where she worked on a reconciliation project in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Most of her recent research has been on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and has appeared widely on the British and Arab media and also contributes articles on Middle Eastern subjects to the Arabic and British press. She is a Palestinian born in Jerusalem, but spent most of her life in Britain. Full details
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5 December 201217:15

Maritime Cultural Heritage - Is it important? A perspective from the Gulf

Dr Lucy Blue is a senior lecture and director of the Centre for Maritime Archaeology at the University of Southampton. Dr Blue has worked as a maritime archaeologist for over twenty years and her research is largely focused around the eastern Mediterranean, Red Sea, Indian Ocean and the Arabian Gulf where she specialises in harbour archaeology, maritime ethnography, and maritime trade particularly through the lens of shipwreck archaeology and coastal landscapes. Besides co-directing a range of maritime archaeological projects in Egypt, India, Montenegro and the UAE, she has recently been engaged in developing capacity for maritime archaeology and coastal heritage in the Arab region (MAST Maritime Archaeological Stewardship Trust). Dr Blue is also passionate about communicating archaeology to wider audiences and is an active member, former chair and vice president of the Nautical Archaeology Society and was a presenter on the BBC series Oceans. Full details
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28 November 201217:15

Persian influence on Sufi poetry in India and Pakistan

Christopher Shackle FBA is Emeritus Professor of Modern Languages of South Asia at SOAS, University of London. He originally graduated in Persian from the University of Oxford and has always maintained an interest in the Persian literature of India. Besides South Asian languages and literatures, particularly Panjabi and Urdu, the fields of his research have included Sikhism as well as Sufism in South Asia. His recent publications include Attar and the Persian Sufi Tradition (ed. with Leonard Lewisohn, 2006), besides a forthcoming translation of the Sufi lyrics of Bullhe Shah (2013). He is currently writing a study of two nineteenth-century Panjabi Sufi poets.. Full details
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21 November 201217:15

CANCELLED Religious Freedom in Britain Today: The Boundaries Between Freedom of Conscience in Religion and Secularism

Due to the torrential rain causing transportation difficulties, Mehri Niknam is unable to make tonight's seminar and it has therefore had to be CANCELLED. It will be readvertised if it is possible to reschedule. Sincere apologies. Full details
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14 November 201217:15

Teaching the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - problems and rewards

Between 1999 and 2001 Dr Karmi was an Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, where she worked on a reconciliation project in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Most of her recent research has been on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and has appeared widely on the British and Arab media and also contributes articles on Middle Eastern subjects to the Arabic and British press.. Full details
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14 November 201213:00

Women in the Qur an

Dr Samira Alkhawaldeh is a Joint Assistant Professor of Contemporary Islamic Thought and Comparative Literature at the University of Jordan in Amman. She is actively involved in Muslim women's affairs. She was on the board of the National Committee of the Jordanian Womens Federation and has represented the Jordanian government and NGOs at several international women conferences, including Beijing , Cairo and Tehran.She will be speaking on the changing of gender roles in the Quran. Full details
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9 November 201217:15

Sorani is a Dialiect with an Army and a Parliament: Political and Ideological Conflicts over the Officialization of the Kurdish Language in Iraq

Dr. Amir Hassanpour has taught communications and Middle Eastern studies at the University of Windsor, Concordia University and the University of Toronto. He is author of Nationalism and Language in Kurdistan, 1918-1985 (1992), and has contributed numerous articles on the Kurdish language and media to academic journals and reference works including Encyclopedia of Modern Asia, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Encyclopedia of Modern Middle East, Encyclopedia of Diasporas, Encyclopedia of Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity. His most recent work is co-editing and contributing to the International Journal of the Sociology of Language (Issue 217, 2012 on Kurdish). Full details
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7 November 201217:15

An Imaginary Anthropology: The Western Perception Of Afghanistan

Gilles Dorronsoro is professor of Political Sciences at the University Paris 1-Sorbonne. He is an expert on Afghanistan, Turkey, and South Asia. His research focuses on security and political development in Afghanistan, particularly the role of the International Security Assistance Force, the necessary steps for a viable government in Kabul, and the conditions necessary for withdrawal scenarios. Previously, he had been detached to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace where he is still a non resident scholar. He taught at the Institute of Political Studies of Rennes. He also served as the scientific coordinator at the French Institute of Anatolian Studies in Istanbul, Turkey. He is the co-founder and editor of South Asian Multidisciplinary Academic Journal and the European Journal of Turkish Studies. He is the author of Revolution Unending: Afghanistan, 1979 to the Present (Columbia University Press, 2005), and La rvolution afghane, des communistes aux Taleban (Karthala Publishers 2000), and editor of La Turquie conteste. Rgime scuritaire et mobilisations sociales (Editions du CNRS, 2005). He recently published an article entitled Waiting for the Taliban in Afghanistan, available at: https://www.carnegieendowment.org/2012/09/20/waiting-for-taliban-in-afghanistan/dvkr. Full details
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31 October 201217:15

RESCHEDULED - Teaching the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - problems and rewards

Due to unforeseen circumstances this event has had to be cancelled and rescheduled to Wednesday the 14th of November at 17.15. Sincere apologies for the inconvenience. Full details
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30 October 201210:00

Talking to Terrorists - A Discussion with General (Retd) Sir Paul Newton

The College of Social Sciences and International Studies is offering an exciting opportunity for Politics and IAIS students who are interested in contemporary approaches to world security. Full details
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29 October 201215:00

Talking to Terrorists - A Discussion with General (Retd) Sir Paul Newton

The College of Social Sciences and International Studies is offering an exciting opportunity for Politics and IAIS students who are interested in contemporary approaches to world security. Full details
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4 May 201217:00

A talk by Joseph Massad

Followed by a film screening and Q&A with curator Alia Arasoughly -'The Spring of Young Palestinian Women Filmakers'. Full details
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28 March 201217:15

In quest of Simorgh:a reading of The Conference of the Birds

A talk by Dr Leili Anvar. Full details
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15 March 201217:15

The reconstruction of the countryside in the Kurdistan region in Turkey

A talk by Joost Jongerden. Full details
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13 March 201217:15

Book Launch - Encountering Islam: Joseph Pitts: An English Slave in 17th Century Algiers and Mecca

Author Paul Auchterlonie will be talking about his new book. Full details
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7 March 201217:15

Why Middle East Studies Missed the Arab Spring

The Institute of Arab & Islamic Studies is pleased to present a talk by Professor Gregory Gause. Full details
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29 February 201217:15

Working as a linguist for the International Committee of the Red Cross: the inside story

A talk by Liz Harris from the ICRC. Full details
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22 February 201217:00

Hajj:Journey to the Heart of Islam - Exhibition at the British Museum

A talk by Qaisar Khan - Project Curator at the British Museum. Full details
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21 February 201218:30

Talk by Jerome Starkey - Times Afghanistan Correspondent

A talk about his experiences in Afghanistan. Full details
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20 February 201218:00

Iranian Film Festival

Iranian Film Festival. Full details
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1 February 201213:30

Central Asian Studies seminar series.

Our first Central Asian Studies seminar series of the year will be:'Of national fathers and Russian elder brothers: conspiracy theories and political ideas in post-Soviet Central Asia'. Full details
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26 January 201218:30

The Portrait of a Nation in Poetry and Music

Concert by Prominent Kurdish Harpist Tara Jaff. Full details
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26 January 201214:40

The Portrait of a Nation in Poetry and Music

Workshop on Kurdish Poetry. Full details
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25 January 201217:00

From Islamic to Contemporary? The visual Arts in the Arab World and the Missing Modernity

A talk by Silvia Naef. Full details
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18 January 201217:00

The Turkish carpet in Britain: The identity, material culture and meaning of an Islamic item

A talk by Angela Sutton-Vane MRes. Full details
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10 January 201217:00

Shirin Ebadi will be talking about her work in the fields of human rights and Islamic law

Shirin Ebadi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003, in recognition of her courageous work as a lawyer and human rights activist, defending in particular the rights of women, children, and critics of the Iranian regime.She trained as a lawyer in the time of the Shah, and served as a judge before the 1979 revolution (the first female judge ever appointed in Iran), but after the Islamic revolution was prevented from doing so by a ruling that women could not be judges. For many years she was unable to practice as a lawyer at all, but began to do so again in 1992. In the later 90s she represented several victims of injustice, including the families of Darioush Foruhar and Parvaneh Eskandari (murdered by members of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security). After the award of the Nobel prize in 2003, the Iranian regimes response was grudging (in November 2009 Dr Ebadi announced that the prize itself had been removed from a bank security box by regime officials while she was in London). She continued to defend victims of regime oppression, including members of the Bahai faith that the Iranian regime regard as apostates from Islam. In 2008 her offices were attacked and eventually closed down, and threats were made against her daughter, Nargess. But in the time of the Bush administration in the US, she also spoke out against talk of forcing regime change on Iran, and defended Irans right to a civil nuclear programme. At the time of the disputed elections of 2009 Dr Ebadi was outside Iran, and was advised not to return. Since then she has lived abroad, mainly in London. Full details
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7 December 201117:15

The Invention of the Land of Israel

Shlomo Sand studied history at the University of Tel Aviv and at the cole des hautes tudes en sciences sociales, in Paris. He currently teaches contemporary history at the University of Tel Aviv.. Full details
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3 December 20119:00

Legacy of Rumi (d. 1273) in Later Islamic Philosophy and Poetry

Various speakers. Full details
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11 October 201117:15

Humanitarian Intervention: Lessons from the Past Two Decades

Richard Caplan is Professor of International Relations and Official Fellow of Linacre College. He also serves as Director of the Centre for International Studies (CIS), University of Oxford. His principal research interests are concerned with international organisations and conflict management.. Full details
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