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Monday 13th November 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.
The Study of Islam in an Age of Trump: Notes from the Field
13/11/2017 6:00pm - 13/11/2017 7:30pm
Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
The Study of Islam has always been, protestations to the contrary, a politically fraught field. If Orientalism defined previous generations of scholarship, a recent paradigm shift has moved to Cosmopolitanism. The election of Trump to the U.S. Presidency in 2016 has exacerbated, among other things, the place and role of Muslims in the United States, just as it has provoked a set of responses among scholars of Islam. This lecture charts some of the repercussions of a Trump presidency on the academic study of Islam and examines that field's responses to it, both positive and negative.
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.