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Tuesday 10th October 2017

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Persian Calligraphy, Nasta'liq Script
25/09/2017 6:30pm - 27/11/2017 8:30pm
LMEI, SOAS
This ten-week course is suitable for all levels, from beginners to advanced. Although, previous knowledge of Persian language is not necessary for beginners, familiarity with the alphabet is an advantage. This is an exercise-based course on the writing techniques of the Nasta'liq script which is constantly engaged with Persian language and literature. You will also learn about the theory and history of Islamic calligraphy. The course will start with a general introduction to most Islamic calligraphy styles and traditional tools and materials.
When Islamists Lose: The Politicization of Tunisia's Al-Nahda
10/10/2017 6:00pm - 10/10/2017 8:00pm
Department of Middle Eastern Studies, King's College, London
This paper asks how competitive electoral contests have transformed an Islamist movement by looking at the internal debates and struggles that have shaped Tunisia's al-Nahda since 2011. Drawing on a year's fieldwork in a Nahdawi community in the provincial city of Sousse, Rory McCarthy argues that Islamist politicization during a transition dislocates the relationship between political ambitions and the religious social movement. He identifies three specific points of tension, over ideology, political strategy, and organization, which triggered sharp differences among al-Nahda activists.
Living Histories ? Recent Acquisitions of Works on Paper by Contemporary Arab Artists
05/06/2017 9:00am - 22/10/2017 4:00pm
Arab British Centre and
This display highlights recent acquisitions of posters, prints, drawings, photographs and artists' books. Many of the artists come from Syria, their work produced following the uprisings that began in 2011 that have since resulted in full scale civil war.
Fahrelnissa Zeid Retrospective
13/06/2017 10:00am - 18/10/2017 4:00pm
Tate Modern
This is the first major retrospective of Turkish artist Fahrelnissa Zeid, an important figure in the Turkish avant-garde of the 1940s and the École de Paris (School of Paris) in the 1950s. Trained in Paris and Istanbul, her work is infused with Islamic, Arab, Persian and European influences. Her monumental abstract works reveal her obsession with dramatic lines and exuberant colour.
Pop Art from North Africa
22/09/2017 12:00pm - 04/11/2017 4:00pm
P21 Gallery
The ‘Pop Art from North Africa' will showcase the artworks of fifteen creative individuals from North Africa who are inspired by the Pop Art movement. Every country in the region is represented, including artists from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt and Libya as well as their diasporas living in Europe. In the style of one of the 20th century's most influential movements that was spearheaded by Eduardo Paolozzi and Richard Hamilton in 1950s Britain, the works tackle the social, political and cultural environments unique to North Africa.