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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.
The Political Economy of the Kurds of Turkey: From the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic
24/10/2017 5:45pm - 24/10/2017 7:00pm
Nadje Al-Ali in conversation with Veli Yadirgi on his book The Political Economy of the Kurds of Turkey: From the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic (Cambridge University Press, 2017) in which he analyses the socioeconomic and political structures and transformations of the Kurdish people from the Ottoman era through to the modern Turkish Republic, arguing that there is a symbiotic relationship between the Kurdish question and the de-development of the predominantly Kurdish domains.
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.
From 'Sort of Muslim' to 'Proud to be Alevi': Young British Alevis and Identity
27/10/2017 6:00pm - 27/10/2017 7:30pm
Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
This presentation explains how the negative identity of second-generation Alevis in the UK has been transmitted intergenerationally, linked to their history of persecuted exclusion in Turkey and to the transnational settlement of Alevi migrants in the UK, and how this sense of marginalisation and invisibility in the receiving country can be addressed. Education is identified as a starting point for the underachievement and disaffection of Alevi pupils, which can lead them into more serious trouble and descent into the rainbow underclass.
The Awakening of Islamic Pop
02/11/2017 6:00pm - 02/11/2017 7:30pm
Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
Islamic Pop music is a growing popular cultural phenomenon. Some artists like Maher Zain and Sami Yusuf are nothing less than superstars, widely respected and popular. This lecture will address Islamic Pop through the Islamic media company Awakening and its artists. It is based on analyses of Awakening's song catalogue and other media outlet, but also on interviews and fieldwork. Otterbeck will come straight from the field, following Maher Zain's UK tour, finishing the 30 October.
Tayeb Salih's Season of Migration to the North: 'The most important Arabic novel of the 20th Century'
07/11/2017 7:00pm - 07/11/2017 8:30pm
ROBERT IRWIN gives the 2017 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize Lecture. In 2001 the Arab Literary Academy declared Season of Migration to the North to be 'the most important Arabic novel of the 20th century.' This is not a verdict that our speaker – the acclaimed writer on Arabic history and literature, Robert Irwin – intends to challenge.
Faces of the Infinite: Neoplatonism and Poetics at the Confluence of Africa, Asia and Europe
11/11/2017 9:30am - 11/11/2017 5:00pm
Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East, SOAS
This is the third day of a three-day conference convened by the British Academy and SOAS. It is intended to generate the first comparative overview of the extent to which Neoplatonist philosophy has permeated poetic forms, styles, themes and figurative language as well as poetic theory in seven principal languages of the greater Mediterranean region, from late antiquity to the modern period. Listed in alphabetical order, they are Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Persian, Spanish and Turkish. The findings are intended to result in a major publication.
The Idea of Iran: The Turko-Timurid Intermezzo
18/11/2017 9:30am - 19/11/2017 2:00pm
SOAS and the University of Cambridge
Convened by Sarah Stewart, SOAS and Charles Melville, University of Cambridge. The Centre for Iranian Studies, the Department of Religions and Philosophies, SOAS and the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge remain deeply grateful to the Soudavar Memorial Foundation for their continued support for this series.
Enemies and Neighbours: Arabs and Jews in Palestine and Israel
29/11/2017 6:30pm - 29/11/2017 8:00pm
Middle East Centre, LSE
Ever since the Ottoman Empire was defeated and British colonial rule began in 1917, Jews and Arabs have struggled for control of the Holy Land. Israel's independence in 1948 in the wake of the Holocaust was a triumph for the Zionist movement but a catastrophe - 'nakba' in Arabic - for the native Palestinian majority. This talk launches Ian Black's book ‘Enemies and Neighbours: Enemies and Neighbours: Arabs and Jews in Palestine and Israel, 1917-2017'.