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Saturday 11th November 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.
Faces of the Infinite - Neoplatonism and Poetics at the Confluence of Africa, Asia and Europe
09/11/2017 9:00am - 11/11/2017 7:00pm
The British Academy and SOAS
The conference 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.
Teaching about Islam for RE in secondary schools: resources and approaches
11/11/2017 9:30am - 11/11/2017 5:00pm
Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
How do you feel when you teach Islam to your students? World events have placed Islam as a central issue in public debate. Those responsible for teaching young people how to navigate complex questions and issues are often expected to deliver Islam with resources that sidestep contemporary scholarly discussion. The Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (ISMC) is holding a one-day workshop to offer insights into current academic work on Islam that seeks to situate its development into a historical context and investigate primary sources that can be brought into the classroom.
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 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.