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Saturday 18th 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.
2017 Annual Meeting - MESA
18/11/2017 9:00am - 21/11/2017 5:00pm
Middle East Studies Association (MESA)
Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association
Urban Planning and Civic Design in Modern Iran
18/11/2017 9:15am - 18/11/2017 6:00pm
Iran Heritage Foundation and Dr Dariush Borbor
The main purpose and focus of the conference will be on the evolution of urban planning and civic design in Iran from traditional to modern, with discussions and critical evaluations of the shortcomings, failures and successes of the process. Two major civic design projects of the period will also be presented and discussed: the ‘Shahest?n Pahlavi', and ‘Urban Renewal of Mashhad City Centre'.
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.
Crisis in Saudi Arabia: War, Succession and the Future
18/11/2017 9:30am - 18/11/2017 5:00pm
Middle East Monitor
With the prospect of democratisation and political openness still remote and with human rights still a challenging issue, what is the future for relations between the UK and Saudi Arabia beyond the significant arms trade? And what of the 'purge' of officials? Registration until 17 November 2017.
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.