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Thursday 23rd 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.
ISLAMIC BANKING AND FINANCE: A NOVEL AND INCREASINGLY SIGNIFICANT EXPRESSION OF ISLAMIC LAW AND FAITH
23/11/2017 6:00pm - 23/11/2017 7:30pm
Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
A neglected feature of contemporary Muslim life, society and culture, banking and financial services compatible with Islamic law represents a global industry of growing importance. This lecture comprises an introduction to the history, sources, principles and practices of this industry. It distinguishes Islamic banking and finance law from its conventional counterpart by comparing, for example, conventional bank accounts with Islamic bank accounts, and conventional bonds with ‘Islamic bonds' (sukuk).
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.