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AngloArabia: Why Gulf Wealth Matters to Britain
15/10/2018 7:30pm
LMEI, SOAS
In his ground-breaking new book, AngloArabia: Why Gulf Wealth Matters To Britain (Polity 2018), David Wearing argues that the Gulf Arab monarchies constitute the UK's most important and lucrative alliances in the global south. Panel Discussion with David Wearing, Iona Craig and Owen Jones. Chaired by Gilbert Achcar. All welcome.
Limited Statehood in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia
16/10/2018 5:45pm
LMEI, SOAS
Santini discusses her recently published book Limited Statehood in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia: Citizenship, Economy and Security (Palgrave Pivot, 2018) in which she explores the complexity of the only widely-acclaimed successful democratic transition following the Arab uprisings of 2010-2011 – the Tunisian one. Discussant: Charles Tripp, SOAS
Elias Khoury Reads and Discusses 'My Name is Adam'
16/10/2018 7:00pm
Centre for Palestine Studies, SOAS
Lebanese writer and public intellectual Elias Khoury is hosted in a round table discussion on the release of his new novel Children of the Ghetto/My Name is Adam (MacLehose Press, 2018) in English translation--which is positioned as the 'impossible' sequel to his renowned Gate of the Sun, and continues to explore the legacy of the Nakba on memory, identity, and writing. The event is free, but registration is required.
From Pre to Post-Revolution Ideals of Womanhood
18/10/2018 7:00pm
LMEI, SOAS
The flourishing of Iranian women's writing in the wake of 1979 revolution has been much noted and celebrated. What is less scrutinized is whether this phenomenon is a reflection or a by-product of the revolution and what it might reveal about the conditions of women's belonging to the national imaginary. Focusing on a selection of contemporary prose fiction penned by women, this presentation will explore their representations of women's self-configuration in the nation.
The Politics of 'Women without Men': Novel and Film
19/10/2018 7:00pm
LMEI, SOAS
Shahrnush Parsipur's novel, Women without Men, is arguably the most controversial novel published after the 1979 revolution. It was banned in Iran shortly after its publication, and Parsipur was imprisoned purportedly for the novel's discussion of women's sexuality and virginity. The novel has been translated twice into English and has been adapted into a feature film by Shirin Neshat. This presentation will examine the film's amplification of the novel's political undercurrents and their implications for understanding gender relations in modern Iran.
The Idea of Iran: The Safavid Era
27/10/2018 9:45am
The Centre for Iranian Studies, the Department of Religions & Philosophies, School of History, Religions & Philosophies, SOAS and the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge
The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries saw the establishment of the new Safavid regime in Iran, heir not only to the succession of leadership of the Safavid sufi order, but also to the Aq Qoyunlu dispensation of western Iran and more remotely to the Timurid Empire in the East. Convened by Sarah Stewart, SOAS and Charles Melville, University of Cambridge.
Mapping the Mediterranean by the Cartographers of Medieval Islamic Societies
30/10/2018 5:45pm

Islamic cartographers perceived the Mediterranean as a sea which unites all of its shores, making them one geographical entity, contrary to the European perception of a sea which divides the world into three continents. The map of Ma'mun, devised in the early 9th century, represents a major improvement in mapping of that Sea.
Iberian (In)tolerance: Minorities, Cultural Exchanges, and Social Exclusion in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Era
08/11/2018 9:00am
LAHP Funded Postgraduate Students-led Conference
During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, minorities in the Iberian peninsula experienced both peaceful coexistence and, at times, violent intolerance. But despite restrictions, persecutions, and forced conversions, extensive cultural production and exchange among Jews, Christians and Muslims defined the life in towns and cities across the centuries, particularly in Al-Andalus. In this context of religious (in)tolerance, the question of limpieza de sangre (blood purity) played an important role in preventing newly converted Christians from occupying high social positions.
Adonis, the internationally renowned poet and theoretician of Arab poetics, gives the 2018 Saif Ghobash Banipal Arabic Translation Prize Lecture on "Translation, a Second Act of Creation"
09/11/2018 7:00pm - 09/11/2018 8:30pm
Banipal Trust for Arab Literature www.banipaltrust.org.uk
Is this the time of translation? Is translation a second act of creation? In his lecture Adonis will consider the relationship of translation to human identity. He will explore the fact that human beings live in the same chronological moment, but in multiple, disparate moments culturally. Translation creates, he argues, a universal cultural time in which the world gains new knowledge and each language discovers its creative presence in other languages. He will go on to consider how new life can be breathed into the linguistic destruction that is the translated poem.
Shari'a, dissection and justice in modern Egypt - BRISMES Annual Lecture 2018 by Professor Khaled Fahmy
20/11/2018 5:30pm - 20/11/2018 8:00pm
British Society for Middle Eastern Studies
This lecture describes the process of the introduction of modern medicine in early nineteenth-century Egypt. It describes how dissection was instituted as a central practice in the Qasr al-'Aini School of Medicine, Egypt's first institution of modern medicine founded in 1827. It charts how different segments of Egyptian society understood and reacted to this disturbing practice. It also follows the increasing reliance of a budding legal system on autopsies as a prime means to establish legal proof in criminal cases. Followed by drinks reception.