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Tuesday 7th 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.
Figures and Animals: Sculptures from the Medieval and Modern Iranian World
07/11/2017 6:00pm - 07/11/2017 7:00pm
Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
This presentation will focus on the preserved sculptures in the round or in very high relief, especially in stucco, ceramic and metal, from the Medieval and Modern Iranian World.The sculptures are taken from architectural settings or belonged as objects, to private mansions. Some are linked with devotional practices. The talk will consider these different contexts and also look at how human beings and animals were represented and for which purposes.
Tayeb Salih's Season of Migration to the North: 'The most important Arabic novel of the 20th Century'
07/11/2017 7:00pm - 07/11/2017 8:30pm
ROBERT IRWIN gives the 2017 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize Lecture. In 2001 the Arab Literary Academy declared Season of Migration to the North to be 'the most important Arabic novel of the 20th century.' This is not a verdict that our speaker – the acclaimed writer on Arabic history and literature, Robert Irwin – intends to challenge.
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.