What & Where

List of Events

Through April

Tafseer of the Holy Qur’an

Conducted by: Shaykh M S Bahmanpour
Venue: Islamic Centre of England, 140 Maida Vale, London W9 1QBMore
Time: Every Friday starting at 7.30 PM
Tel: 0207 604 5500


Creative Kufic Calligraphy Course with Joumana Medlej

In this non-traditional calligraphy course, we will return to the original source of Arabic calligraphy, the Kufi family of styles, and study it with a modern design approach.
The course will culminate in a final project where the student chooses a word or phrase and creates their own composition for it.

Venue: Arab British Centre, 1 Gough Square, London, EC4A 3DE
Time: Wednesdays 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (6 Weeks + 4 hours final project – 16 Hours)
Fee: £210
British Museum Gallery Talks

Light and Islamic art

Speaker: Hilary Lewis Ruttley, independent speaker.

Date : 1st April

Unwrapping Islamic art

Speaker: John Reeve, independent speaker.

Date: 5th April

Venue: Room 34, British Museum

Time: 13.15–14.00PM

Free, just drop in

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1 April

Seeking to Understand Islam as a Christian

To a large extent the media shapes the non-Muslim view of Islam. Due to most media coverage there is a lack of accurate knowledge and understanding about Islam. This can lead to suspicion and fear. This conference offers an opportunity to understand our Muslim neighbour – to dispel the myths.

Presenter; Dr. Chris Hewer is a Christian Theologian who is also an expert on Islamic Studies and Christian – Muslim relations.

Organiser: Coleraine Churches Forum and Causeway Coast and Glens

Venue: Coleraine Methodist Church Hall, 14 Queen Street, Coleraine, BT52 1BE

Time: 10:00 – 16:00 BST

The event is offered free of charge, but there will be a request for donations to help cover some of the expenses.


Islam: Faith and Culture

Islam is a universal faith, which inspires the lives of a billion followers in the world today. Muslims have a great diversity in language, art and culture. Their societies, however, share a firm monotheistic tradition that permeates all aspects of Muslim practice and civilization. The course aims to illuminate a variety of issues that underscore the vitality of Islam and its social impact. It provides a guide to understanding the role of Islam in private and public spheres using a variety of educational interactive means.

Course Director: Mr Richard Weyers, Deputy Registrar, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

Tutors: Dr Basil Mustafa M.Sc (Leeds), Dr Talal Al-Azem BA (Michigan), Sheikh Ibrahim Mohammad Amin Imam, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Mr Amre Aiad Director, MAK + Partners Ltd

Venue: Marston Road, Oxford, OX3 0EE

Time: 9.30AM – 5.PM

Fees: £45 (with lunch) £32 (without lunch) Open to public (18+)


Until 2 April

Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London

Exhibition:  Explore the life, work and lasting impact of John Lockwood Kipling (1837-1911), an artist, teacher, curator and influential figure in the Arts and Crafts movement.  Lockwood Kipling was a social campaigner for the preservation of the Indian crafts, a craftsman whose terracotta panels can still be seen on the exterior of the V&A and an illustrator of books by his son, the renowned writer Rudyard Kipling.  This exhibition uncovers the history of the V&A’s collections through the life of Lockwood Kipling who played a significant role in shaping the foundation collection.  Highlights include paintings of the Indian section of the Great Exhibition, designs and illustrations for books, and furniture designed for royal residences Bagshot Park and Osborne.

Venue:  The Porter Gallery, V&A Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

Time: Open daily 10.00 to 17.45 Admission free

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3 April

IMES Seminar Series: Early Iranian and Arab Shi`i Discussions of Leadership Between Late Antiquity and Early Islam

Organiser: School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Speaker: Prof. Andrew Newman (Edinburgh)

Venue: 16-22 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD

Time: 5.15 PM


Abrahamic Texts Group

Jews, Christians and Muslims are invited to join us as we discuss texts from the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, the Qur’an and later traditions on the subject of Satan.

Presenters: Rabbi Janet Burden, Revd Laurence Hillel, Sayyid Yousif Al Khoei and Siddika Gulamhusein

Venue: London Inter Faith Centre, St Annes & St Andrews Church, 125 Salusbury Rd, London NW6 6RG

Time: 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Contact: Laurence Hillel 07801 286819



8 & 9 April

Seminar: Muslims Write Now!

The ‘Muslims Write Now!!’ Author Development programme seeks both young adult (ages 12+) and adults who are emerging writers who want to write books for children or young adults. This includes those who are starting from scratch or may already have an idea or first draft.

The ‘Muslims Write Now!!’ is an innovative online training and interactive in-person seminar that provides the tools needed to create a full outline for your book.

The time is overdue for Muslims to be able to create high-quality content about Muslims, from Muslims. The development of creative writers is one of the most important means for presenting a strong, vibrant voice for Muslims.

This is a program model created by Whitestone Foundation

Sign up online and get started on the online course immediately. First three lessons are available and FREE now. Get started so you can finish before the in-person seminar in April.

For questions or more information, email us at


14 April

Al-Ayn UK: Breakfast and Dua Nudba

Al-Ayn Charity Foundation invites you to their upcoming event ‘Breakfast and Dua Nudba’, an opportunity to remember the Imam of our time(aj) with a recitation of Dua Nudba, and to support the orphans while enjoying breakfast with good company.

Your ticket purchase will make a difference to the lives of over 40,000 orphans supported by Al-Ayn (Iraq).

Venue: Oakington Manor, Oakington Manor Drive, Wembley, HA9 6NF

 Time: 9:30AM

Ticket Price: £15, Under 5s: £3

Book your ticket:

Telephone: 020 3719 5221



22 & 25 April

Short Courses on Primary Sources of Islam: Nahj al-Balaghah

Topic: The image of the Qur’an in Nahj al-Balaghah
Tutor: Dr Mohammad Ali Shomali
22nd April
Time: 15:00-18:00

Topic: Imam Ali’s Theory of Justice
Totur: Prof Ali Paya

Date: 25th April
Time: 18:00-20:00

Registration is mandatory but no Fee is required.
Venue: The Islamic College, 133 High Road, Willesden, London NW10 2SW

More info:

Tel: 020 84519993­­­­­
From 25 April

Introduction To Islam

The Islamic College’s new short courses aim to introduce Islam, Islamic beliefs, traditions, cultures and some of the contemporary issues the Muslim world has been facing, This course is open to all and previous knowledge is not required.


Muslim Cultures & Civilisation

Tutor: Amir De Martino

Date and time: Tuesdays 18:30-20:00 – 25 April to 30 May 2017

Registration is mandatory but no fee is required

To register please email:

Venue: The Islamic College, 133 High Road, Willesden, London, NW10 2SW

Phone: 020 8451 9993



26 April
From Literature to Palaeography. Two Centuries of Research on Islamic Calligraphy

Dr Nourane ben Azzouna, University of Strasbourg

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: KLT

Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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29 April

Everything you always wanted to know about ancient Mesopotamia

British Museum Curator Irving Finkel introduces the world of ancient Mesopotamia – the land between the two rivers (the Tigris and the Euphrates), now part of modern Iraq. Irving explores what Mesopotamia is, what we should look for and why it matters. This talk is the first in a new series giving you a beginner’s introduction to themes and cultures across world history.

Venue: BP Lecture Theatre, British Museum

Time: 14.00–15.00PM

Tickets: £5 Members/Concessions £3

Phone: (0)20 7323 8181

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2 May

The Commander: Fawzi al-Qawuqji and the Fight for Arab Independence 1914-1948

Lecture by Professor Parson’s on her latest book, The Commander: Fawzi al-Qawuqji and the Fight for Arab Independence 1914-1948 (Hill and Wang, 2016). Revered by some as the Arab Garibaldi, maligned by others as an intriguer and opportunist, Fawzi al-Qawuqji manned the ramparts of Arab history for four decades. In his most famous role, he would command the Arab Liberation Army in the Arab-Israeli War of 1948. Laila Parsons tells Qawuqji’s dramatic story and sets it in the full context of his turbulent times. Following Israel’s decisive victory, Qawuqji was widely faulted as a poor leader with possibly dubious motives. The Commander shows us that the truth was more complex: although he doubtless made some strategic mistakes, he never gave up fighting for Arab independence and unity, even as those ideals were undermined by powers inside and outside the Arab world. In Qawuqji’s life story we find the origins of today’s turmoil in the Arab Middle East.

 Organiser: London Middle East Institute

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: Wolfson Lecture Theatre

Time: 5:45 PM – 7:00 PM

Contact email:

Tel: 020 7898 4330/4490


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