Listing of Events


Through October

Tafseer of the Holy Qur’an

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


5 October

Reclaiming the Caliphate

Lecture by Hugh Kennedy on contemporary discussions of caliphate, how they relate to the history on which they claim to be based and whether a revived caliphate is a viable proposition in the contemporary Middle East.
Hugh N Kennedy is Professor of Arabic at SOAS.

Chair: Hassan Hakimian, LMEI
Organiser: London Middle East Institute
Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission Free – Pre-registration Required. To register visit Eventbrite.
Contact email:
Contact Tel: 020 7898 4330


Through 29 October

Comics and Cartoon Art From The Arab World

Explore the art, history and significance of Arab comics, cartoons, caricatures and graphic novels. From 19th century Egyptian satirical press, to mid-20th century children’s comics and contemporary graphic novels discover this vibrant visual archive that illustrates and engages issues concerning everyday life, politics and society across the Arab world and beyond.

Venue: British Library, Sir John Ritblat Treasures Gallery, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB
Time: 9.30 AM – 5.00 PM
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7 October

Exhibition Islam (Wimbledon Mosque)

The Exhibition Islam event at Wimbledon Mosque brings together a wealth of information about Islam under one roof giving the opportunity for the wider community to learn more about their Muslim neighbours in a friendly environment.

Venue: Wimbledon Mosque,
262 – 270 Durnsford Road, Ryfold Rd, London SW19 8DS
Time: 11.00 AM – 6.00 PM


11 October

The Palace of Pedro I in Seville, ‘very much like the residence of the Muslim kings’?

Dr Tom Nickson, Lecturer in Medieval Art and Architecture, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London

Organiser: Rosalind Wade Haddon
Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT)
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Contact email:
Contact Tel: 07714087480


11 October to 19 November

Creative Kufic Calligraphy

Kufic was the first Arabic script to be consciously made beautiful, and unlike the later round scripts with their strict rules, it can be constantly reinvented and is not tied to any given tool or medium. Students, then, can benefit from the same creative freedom that the earliest calligraphers enjoyed, and find their own approach to the art of Arabic calligraphy.

Venue: Arab British Centre, 1 Gough Square, London, EC4A 3DE
Tutor: Joumana Medlej
Course: 6 weeks / 12 hrs + 4 hrs final workshop
Fee: £210
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14 October

Ivories and tulips: arts of Islamic medieval Spain and Ottoman Turkey

A 45 gallery talk by Hilary Ruttley, independent speaker. Suitable for all levels of knowledge.

Venue: Room 34, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
Time: 1.15 PM – 2.00 PM
Fee: Free, drop in

14 & 15 October

Islamic Medicine Summit

Interested in learning more about different natural medical practices? Come join us for this weekend summit event with industry professionals discussing Islamic Medicine and Nutrition Practices. Special attention and breakout sessions will be held on the following topics: Wet Cupping (also known as Hijama), Leech therapy, Apitherapy, Islamic Medicine, Nutrition and Herbal Healing

Venue: CentrEd at ExCel London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, E16 1XL
Time: 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM
Costs: £159.89 – £372.29
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16 October

Public Lecture: Religious truth in an age of diversity?

Join us for our open panel event with Dr Edward Kessler (Woolf Institute), Canon Chris Chivers (Westcott House) and Dr Atif Imtiaz (Cambridge Muslim College)
Religious identity is on one level a statement about what humans think is true: but how does our commitment to diversity combine with the seemingly exclusivist truth claims of the different faiths? Does dialogue demand equality of beliefs or rather the equality of respect? Finally, in a ‘post-truth’ context how can we use the tools of faith and reason to discern a truthful understanding of the world today?

Venue: Woolf Institute, Madingley Road, CB3 0UB
Time: 5.00 PM – 6.00 PM


17 October

A Concise History of Sunnis and Shi‘is
Sunnis and Shi’is

A Lecture by John McHugo on his latest book A Concise History of Sunnis and Shi‘is (Saqi, 2017) in which he provides an understanding of the genesis, development and manipulation of one of the major schisms that has come to define Islam and the Muslim world.
Historian McHugo charts the story of Islam from the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad to the present day, describing the conflicts that raged over the succession to the Prophet, how Sunnism and Shi‘ism evolved as different sects, and how the rivalry between empires contrived to ensure that the split would continue into modern times.

John McHugo, Centre for Syrian Studies, St Andrews University

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: Wolfson Lecture Theatre
Time: 5:45 PM to 7:00 PM


20 October

Dark Water Burning World: The Island of Lesbos & The Boats of Syria

It is now six years since the Syrian uprising but the sea between Turkey and the Greek islands is still a terrifying passage for Syrians fleeing the violence in their country. The poet Ruth Padel visited Lesbos in 2016 and then joined Syrian artist Issam Kourbaj in collaboration to mark the courage of the refugees, and generosity of the islanders. Dark Water Burning World explores, through poetry and art, the visible and invisible scars of loss scored into escaping Syrians by the separation from their homeland.

Venue: Nash Lecture Theatre, King’s College London, Strand Campus, Strand London WC2R 2LS
Time: 7.00 PM to 8.30 PM
Organiser: King’s College London / Arts & Humanities Research Institute (AHRI)
Entry: Free, Registration required.
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21 October

My Faith… My Inspiration: MAB National Convention 2017

The Muslim Community is full of skilled, motivated and aspiring people. This is why the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) National Convention 2017 will highlight the wonderful work Muslims do to show what the reality is. The Convention aims to increase hope and unleash barriers to allow us, our children, our brothers and sisters to make our dreams come true.

Venue: The New Bingley Hall, 1 Hockley Circus, Birmingham West Midlands, B18 5PP
Time: 11.30 AM – 8.00 PM
Tickets: £7 – £10
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23 October

Islamic Geometry Workshop

Participants learn to draw and paint an Islamic geometric pattern in these 3-hour workshops using a compass and straight edge to create a complex underlying grid from which a beautiful pattern will emerge. They will then outline, trace and transfer the pattern to watercolour paper, to be decorated using watercolour pencils & paints.
All are welcome, no experience is needed and all resources & materials are provided.
Maximum capacity is 8, so please book your place in advance

Venue: The Art Space, Cass Art Islington, 66-67 Colebrooke Row, N1 8AB
Time: 3.00 PM to 6.00 PM
Fee: £20
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28 October

The Night of Photography – lecture

Conductor: Sara Russell
Venue: Kanoon Towhid, 30-32 Southerton Road, Hammersmith, W6 0PH
Time: 6-8 pm
Contact info: 00447872572467
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Fee: £5

28h & 29 October

Muslim Lifestyle Expo 2017

Building on the immense success of MLE2016, we are excited to bring back the world’s leading Muslim lifestyle event. The Expo is a spectacular mix of modest fashion shows, top celebs, the latest products and services, top brands, entertainment, business seminars, kids’ activities and so much more!
(NOTE: If you have a business, product or service that needs to reach thousands of new customers then email us at:

Venue: EventCity, Phoenix Way, Stretford, Manchester M41 7TB
Time: 11.00 AM – 8.00 PM
Tickets: £21.36
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31 October – 2 November

World Halal Expo 2017

Showcasing a convergence of an Ethical Lifestyle with ‘Halalonomics’, the World Halal Expo is a two-day International Halal Trade & Tourism exhibition for the Global Halal industry to meet the key players of UK Halal market, providing a comprehensive business platform to connect the trade & industry with the multi trillion-dollar Global Halal market. A high impact business platform to look at the lucrative business opportunities that the global halal market presence and cater to the needs of halal producers, traders and business leaders looking to expand their business globally.

Venue: Olympia, Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX
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1 & 2 November

MEDIU Second International Conference on Islamic Studies 2017

Organised by Al-Madinah International University in Malaysia, this conference seeks to create an opportunity for a scientific meeting where researchers, intellectuals and students can study a number of the most important contemporary issues in the field of Islamic studies.



4 November

Palestine Solidarity Campaign National March and Rally – ‘Justice Now: Make it right for Palestine’

For the past 100 years Palestinian rights have been disregarded. As we approach the centenary of the Balfour Declaration – 2nd November – which paved the way for their dispossession, we demand justice and equal rights for the Palestinians now.

Assembly Venue: Speakers’ Corner, Hyde Park, Marble Arch, London
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

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