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Thursday 26th October 2017

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Persian Calligraphy, Nasta'liq Script
25/09/2017 6:30pm - 27/11/2017 8:30pm
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.
Rethinking Fiscal Policy in Arab Countries
26/10/2017 12:30pm - 26/10/2017 2:00pm
The UNESCWA Report on fiscal policies for structural transformation and human development in Arab countries focuses on the fiscal policy responses by Arab countries to their worsening conditions since 2010. Its central argument is that ‘business-as-usual' governance systems and economic policies cannot address the region's multiple and growing challenges. Registration required due to limited seating.
The Balfour Declaration, One Century After
26/10/2017 6:00pm
Centre for Palestine Studies, SOAS
Panel discussion with Gilbert Achcar (SOAS), Avi Shlaim (University of Oxford), Jacob Norris (University of Sussex), Karma Nabulsi (University of Oxford). Chaired by Dina Matar (SOAS).
Open Music night with the London-based group "Rivers of Babylon"
26/10/2017 7:00pm
The Woolf Institute
The London-based group "Rivers of Babylon" will be playing music of the Jewish Iraqi and Indian diaspora. ( ) Its main focus is Songs of Praise (Shbah?oth) in the Babylonian (Iraqi) Jewish tradition. In addition to Iraqi Jewish song, Rivers of Babylon performs songs in Arabic, Middle Eastern instrumentals, songs in the Bene Israel (Indian Jewish) tradition in Hebrew and Marât?hi (the language of the state of Maharashtra, India) and vintage Bollywood classi
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.
The Worlds of Mandaean Priests Documenting an Endangered Religion
19/10/2017 9:00am - 22/12/2017 3:00pm
Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter
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.
Memory Metamorphosis
25/10/2017 9:00am - 30/11/2017 11:30am
NYU-London and the Centre for Palestine Studies, SOAS
When a people's history, culture and existence are being altered or erased, holding onto memories and passing them down can be an act of resistance. This exhibition explores and preserves Palestinian diasporic memory through art.