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Friday 6th 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.
What's Left. A Century in Revolution
29/09/2017 5:00pm - 08/10/2017 6:00pm
Tyneside Cinema and Durham University in association with Cross-Language Dynamics (OWRI).
100 years ago the October Revolution transformed Russia as the old empire was toppled and the Soviet Union rose in its place. To mark the centenary of this, Tyneside Cinema and Durham University invite you to explore revolution across the 20th and 21st centuries this programme of films. This special programme of screenings and discussions examines the paradoxes of revolutionary cycles over the last 100 years. It foregrounds the global reach of revolutionary events, moving from Latin America to the Middle East, from China to the former Soviet Union. See website for screening times.
Arabic Pasts: Histories and Historiographies
06/10/2017 9:00am
The Aga Khan University, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations and SOAS, University of London
Contributions are invited that will consider the practical and conceptual challenges of working on history writing in the region, as well as offering examples of themes, methods, and case studies of recent research that might elucidate these questions. Contributions are invited from scholars at all career levels, addressing any period and any part of the Middle East and North Africa, broadly defined. Please send by 15 May an abstract of 300 words or less to . There is a small budget to provide some travel assistance for scholars outside of London.
Islamic Law and its Implementation in Asia and The Middle-East
06/10/2017 9:00am - 06/10/2017 5:45pm
British Institute of International and Comparative Law
The conference will focus on the topic of Islamic law and the implementation of Islamic law in Asia and the Middle East.
Refugees and the definition of Syria
06/10/2017 4:00pm
MENCAS, University of Sussex
Refugees from the Syrian civil war are one of the largest groups of refugees in the world today. But historically, Syria has been a host country for refugees, from the Iraqis of a decade ago back to the Muslim refugees from Crete, the Balkans, and the Caucasus in the late Ottoman period. This paper focuses on the period between the first and second world wars, when, under French mandate, the modern Syrian state was established. It shows how the arrival and settlement of refugees helped to define ‘Syria' as a territorial unit and as a national state.
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.