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Wednesday 11th 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.
Independence Referendum for Iraqi Kurdistan: the results and their impact in the Middle East and West Asia
11/10/2017 1:00pm - 11/10/2017 2:30pm
University of Sussex Asia Centre (USAC) and Middle East and North Africa Centre at Sussex (MENACS)
On September 25, an independence referendum for the Autonomous Region of Iraqi Kurdistan was held. 92% of the voters opted for independence from Baghdad whilst the Iraqi central government threatened to oppose such attempts of splitting the country. Against the background of the ongoing participation of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters against ISIS in Iraq and Syria; the dispute between Erbil and Baghdad over the oil-rich and multi-ethnic territories in Kirkuk, and the participation of the Kurdish diaspora abroad in the search for independence, we will discuss the unfolding tensions and scenarios.
Trump and the Middle East: Personality, Ideology and Militarisation
11/10/2017 6:30pm - 11/10/2017 8:00pm
Middle East Centre, LSE
The former Governor of New York, Mario Cuomo, famously stated that politicians ‘campaign in poetry but govern in prose.' For the Trump administration, the tension between the rhetoric the Trump campaign deployed to win the election and the discipline of running the United States could not be more profound. In this lecture, Toby Dodge examines the Trump administration's approach to the Middle East, specifically its policy towards Iraq, the fight against the Islamic State, and the Gulf Cooperation Council.
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.