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Populist politics and the minority voice: British Muslims, extremisms and inclusion
19/04/2018 9:00am
Muslims in Britain Research Network
Across Europe and North America populist parties and leaders have surged in recent years. This one-day conference on ‘Populist politics and the minority voice' will discuss the effects of these changes on British Muslims, and how the concerns of British Muslims relate to those of other minority groups as well as wider debates about the future of liberal states, free speech and ‘fake news'. Since at least the 1970s, British Muslims – as a group and alongside other minorities – have been involved in a struggle for rights, for media and political representation and for recognition.
Telling Stories in Basrah: a New Museum for Iraq
19/04/2018 5:45pm
MBI Al Jaber Foundation, BISI and the Friends of Basrah Museum
With the support of the London based charity, Friends of Basrah Museum, and a major grant from the Cultural Protection Fund, a former palace of Saddam Hussein has been restored as the new Basrah Museum. After 8 years of work, the first of three gallery spaces was officially opened in September 2016. This lecture will explore the on-going work at the Museum and how the institution will play a significant role in helping to foster sustainable development of antiquity, cultural heritage and the humanities in the post-conflict Middle East.
'Ebrahim Golestan, Noghteh, Sare Khat' A New Documentary on Ebrahim Golestan by Mohammad Abdi
20/04/2018 6:00pm
Centre for Iranian Studies, SOAS
A new feature documentary about Ebrahim Golestan, renowned Iranian writer and filmmaker and an important contemporary intellectual figure. The film, shot over the last 10 years by Mohammad Abdi, has captured new and unseen aspects of his character, including his memories from meeting the Shah, Khomeini and well-known figures in the Iranian arts such as Forough Farrokhzad. Documentary in Persian - no subtitles. Followed by a Q&A with the director, Mohammad Abdi.
BBC Arabic Festival
21/04/2018 9:00am - 25/04/2018 5:00pm
BBC Arabic Festival
The BBC Arabic Festival screens bold and diverse short films and documentaries about the social and political changes taking place in the Arab world today. Now in our fourth year, we have a new focus on digital journalism to explore the changing landscape of our media. Our unique and timely programme includes special talks and exclusive presentations by award-winning journalists and filmmakers as well as music and comedy from the Arab world.
Human Rights in Egypt and Tunisia after the Arab Spring
24/04/2018 7:00pm
Centre for African Studies, SOAS
During the so called "Arab Spring", the demonstrators brought human rights references to the centre of their political struggles. Seven years after the revolution, Egypt is witnessing an unprecedented rate of human rights abuses whereas Tunisia is celebrated as the only successful transitional country with a flourishing human rights record. The panel will address issues of human rights rights in two major "Arab Spring" countries namely Egypt and Tunisia.
Sexual Politics through law in Iran: The narrative surrounding the 2013 bills
25/04/2018 6:00pm
Centre for Iranian Studies, SOAS
The struggle to control women's destinies and bodies through law is a well-known occurrence. The Islamic republic of Iran is no stranger to such attempts, and in 2013, the conservative Majles introduced two bills: the Bill to increase Fertility Rates and Prevent Population Decline (Bill 446) and the Comprehensive Population and Exaltation of Family Bill (Bill 315). The overall lens will be that of the protection and implementation of women's rights from an Islamic and a universalist perspectives, looking at traditional women's rights paradigms.
Welcome to Hell? In Search of the Real Turkish Football
26/04/2018 6:30pm
British Institute at Ankara
Ask a British football fan what they know about Turkish football, and they are unlikely to describe scenes of camaraderie, hospitality and humour. They are most likely to mention banners proclaiming ‘Welcome to hell'. Or Leeds United supporters stabbed to death on an Istanbul street. In this lecture, based on his forthcoming book, anthropologist John McManus shows why Turkish football deserves to shake off that image. Sponsored by Orion Publishers. Post-lecture drinks included.
The Syrian Uprising: Domestic Origins and Early Trajectory
01/05/2018 5:30pm
London Middle East Institute
Panel Discussion to mark the publication of The Syrian Uprising: Domestic Origins and Early Trajectory (Routledge, 2018) with the editors Raymond Hinnebusch and Omar Imady, and contributors. The Syrian Uprising presents a snapshot of how the Uprising developed in roughly the first two to three years (2011–2013) and addresses key questions regarding the domestic origins of the Uprising and its early trajectory.
Strikes, Riots and Laughter: Egypt's 1918 Peasant Insurrection
02/05/2018 5:15pm
Middle East Centre, LSE
In the summer of 1918 the Ministry of Interior in Cairo was bombarded with reports of ‘criminal activity' from villages across Egypt. This marked the unfolding of an important but little-known revolt in 20th Century Egypt. In this event, Alia Mosallam looks at three particular instances of subversive confrontation that took place in the lead up to the summer of 1918 on the World War I fronts in Boulogne, Rafah, and in Roda Island.
The Nakba in the Present
02/05/2018 6:30pm
Centre for Palestine Studies, SOAS
In this year 2018 marked by two competing 70th anniversaries – that of the creation of the state of Israel and that of the Palestinian Nakba – the CPS Annual Lecture will be delivered by Lebanese writer, novelist, university professor and prominent public intellectual Elias Khoury. Contact email: Contact Tel: 020 7898 4330 All welcome.