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Wednesday 15th 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.
Exploring Syria's Borders and Boundaries: State, Nation and Identities (XIXth C. ? 2017)
15/11/2017 9:00am - 16/11/2017 2:00pm
St Antony's College, Oxford
This workshop is based on strong documentation and fieldwork research, will propose a contemporary history of Syrian borders from 1920 to 2017, and generate a fully documented and innovative history of the Syrian state by studying the emergence, consolidation and questioning of its colonial borders.
BP CULTURAL VISIONS LECTURE SERIES: ST JOHN SIMPSON, BRITISH MUSEUM
15/11/2017 6:30pm
BP - Cultural Visions Lecture Series
Looking at the journey from inspiration to creativity featuring St John Simpson, Assistant Keeper at the Department of the Middle East at the British Museum. A chance to take an intimate look at the creative journey of some of the UK's leading cultural visionaries. Listen to the challenges and the obstacles they faced and how this shaped them into the person they are today and be part of the conversation around a cultural vision for the future.
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.