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Islam in the RE Classroom

Online conference, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, 25-2 July 2022

This two-day online conference aims to enhance the quality of learning and teaching about Islam in secondary schools in the UK. It engages with both the academic-theoretical and practical-pedagogical aspects of Religious Education. On one hand, the conference aims to make teacher-practitioners more confident in teaching about Islam in mainstream secondary schools in the UK. On the other, it aims to initiate dialogue between the key stakeholders (include curriculum designers, researchers, PGCE RE faculty and trainee teachers) to ensure that Islam is represented with greater complexity in textbooks and the classroom.

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Roi sur son Trône: the Achaemenid royal audience in late Qajar media

Organiser: British Institute of Persian Studies (BIPS)

Speaker: Lindsay Allen (King's College London)

This paper aims to advance the case for specific patterns of neo-Achaemenid citation in the late nineteenth century by scrutinising selective Qajar-era appropriations of the royal audience scene. I argue that detailed multi-media mapping allows us to both refine and diversify our understanding of the intended meanings of pre-Islamic “influence” in the context of nineteenth-century Iran.

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Challenging the Kyl-Bingaman Amendment: opening access to satellite imagery over Israel and Palestine

Organisers: Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL) & Palestine Exploration Fund (PEF)

Access to satellite imagery has enabled major advances in archaeology and other disciplines studying the Middle East and North Africa. A comparable impact had not been realised over Israel and Palestine, where U.S. restrictions known as the Kyl-Bingaman Amendment limited imagery resolution over this area. This paper will present the work of Michael Fradley and Andrea Zerbini (1984-2019) to remove these restrictions, culminating in the reduction on limits in June 2020, but also considering how structural barriers remain in place. As well as telling this slightly improbable tale, it will also reflect and celebrate the work of Andrea Zerbini who died in July 2019.

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Decolonising European Modernity: Text, Paratext, Urtext

Organiser: Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC)

Convener: Hamid Dabashi (Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature, Columbia University)

This in-person short course will take place from 11-14 July 2022. During the course, participants will engage with the following:

1. Is the idea of “modernity” European or global?

2. Can it be saved from its colonial pedigree?

3. Is the binary of “Traditional versus Modernity” useful at all?

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55th Seminar for Arabian Studies

Conference, 5-7 August 2022, Humboldt University, Berlin

Registration is open for the 55th Seminar for Arabian Studies. A draft programme and more information on registration can be found below.

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Rivalling Rome: Parthian coins and culture

Organiser: British Institute of Persian Studies (BIPS)

Speaker: Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis (British Museum/BIPS)

The first official encounter between Parthia and Rome happened in 96 BC when envoys from these two empires met along the river Euphrates. This was the beginning of a series of endless encounters, clashes as well as periods of peace between two political powers who fought over political and economic supremacy in the ancient world. While numerous secondary Roman sources describe Rome’s continuous clashes with its mighty eastern opponent, Parthian sources are few and far between, but the coins of this period are an important primary source for Parthian history and culture.

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