Listing of Events

Through March

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


1 March

Zaytoun Supper Club

Join us for a very special collaborative supper club with Damascus Chef and Palestinian fair-trade food suppliers Zaytoun.  Share maftoul and other delicious Palestinian dishes served in a communal environment on rugs and cushions in our main exhibition room. The meal will be prepared by Abdullah Al Awayed, head chef at Damascus Chef, who grew up in a small farming village in Syria. This supper will bring the spirit of sharing Abdullah grew up with to The Mosaic Rooms. We will also be joined by Bassema Barahmeh, a maftoul and olive oil producer for Zaytoun, visiting from Palestine, who will share her experiences of farming and agriculture in the West Bank.

Venue: The Mosaic Rooms, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, London SW5 0SW

Time: 7.00 PM

Tickets: £35

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3 March

Sadaqah Trek

Join our volunteers for an enjoyable and challenging trek through Box Hill to help raise funds to build an Orphans eco-home in Tanzania. There’s only a £150 fundraising target which we’re confident you’ll be able to easily exceed!

Time: 10.00 AM – 3.00 PM

Meeting point: East London Mosque, 42 Fieldgate Street, E1 1ES

Registration: £25 (includes transport from East London)

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Jihad, Violence, War & Peace in Islam

When did the idea of jihad, and Islam become so interchangeable? Why is jihad only equated with violence in the minds of so many in the West? Where does peace fit into the narrative and when is violence ever acceptable? IIDR invites you to join the debate in our latest addition to the Critical Reflection Series: Jihad, Violence, War & Peace in Islam. Hosted by the author of the course text himself, Prof. Tariq Ramadan, this one day seminar will offer you coherent, evidenced and practical answers to all your jihad related questions.

Venue: Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Rd, London, E1 4NS

Time: 9.00 AM – 6.30 PM

Fee: £29 – £35

More info:|jihad-violence-war-peace-in-islam-london|9565


5 March

Market Islam and organising Hajj-going in late modern Britain: tour operators, pilgrim welfare and UK governance

The modern management and organisation of Hajj has been continually transformed in recent decades. Infrastructure and pilgrim services in the Holy Places have been ‘upgraded’ to accommodate (and take advantage of) a growing global demand for Islamic pilgrimages, travel and tourism. Indeed, during the 2000s the Saudi authorities finally put an end to Muslims from non-Muslim states organising Hajj independently. Since then British Muslims have been obliged to purchase packages from approved Hajj organisers. This paper sketches this transformation of the cultural and political economy of Hajj-going in Britain, drawing on around 40 in-depth interviews conducted with UK Hajj organisers, pilgrims and other industry stakeholders, as well as observations at industry related events over several years.

Speaker: Professor Sean McLoughlin (University of Leeds)

Venue: ERI 144, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, B15 2TT

Time: 12.00 PM – 2.00 PM

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6 March

Who speaks for Muslims?

This event is part of the British Academy’s season on Identities & Belonging. Muslims are regularly presented in a negative light in mainstream media, and as a result, the

word terrorism has become almost synonymous with Islam. Similarly, racist hashtags are commonplace online. Social media channels do however; offer a space to counter toxicity. Sharing the findings of their British Academy funded research project into the #StopIslam Twitter campaign, Elizabeth Poole and colleagues discuss how – and by who – anti-Muslim sentiment is being challenged online.

Venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, St. James’s, London SW1Y 5AH

Time: 6.30 PM – 7.45 PM

Entry: Free, booking required.

More info:|who-speaks-for-muslims-london|9447


7 March – 16 April

Creative Kufic Calligraphy

Kufic was the first Arabic script to be consciously made beautiful, an 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.

Tutor: Joumana Medlej

Venue: The Arab British Centre, 1 Gough Square, London, EC4A 3DE

Course:  6 weeks | 12 hrs + 4 hrs final workshop

Fee: £215

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9 March

Mesopotamia: the cradle of civilisation

A 45-minute gallery talk by Sebastien Rey, British Museum staff. Suitable for all levels of knowledge.

Venue: Room 56, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

Time: 1.15 PM – 2.00 PM

Fee: Free, drop in.


12 March

Lost Maps of the Caliphs: The Fatimid View of the World

Seminar with Yossef Rapoport, Queen Mary University of London.

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: WLT, SOAS University of London, 10 Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, WC1H 0XG

Time: 12:00 PM

Organiser: Dr. Ceyda Karamursel


17th & 18th March

Introduction to Islamic Poetry (Arabic, Persian & Urdu)

This two-day course will explore the rich culture of pre -Islamic and Islamic poetry. Dating back to pre-Islamic Arabia, poetry is one of the oldest and most esteemed forms of expression in the Islamic world.  Islamic poetry spread across Persia, Africa, Asia and Spain, and was written in exaltation of Allah and His Messenger. (It was also written in praise of kings, to profess love, and provide political commentary. This course will cover well known pre-Islamic poetry such as Mu’allaqat and Islamic poetry written by Jalaluddin Rumi, Allama Iqbal and others, exploring their poetic style and the vibrant literary heritage they left.

Venue: TBC London

Time: 9.30 AM – 5.00 PM

Fee: £32.85 – £97.36

More info:|introduction-to-islamic-poetry-london|9456


19 March

Islamic studies – scientific or confessional? A contested university subject

Speaker: Professor Jorgen Nielsen (University of Birmingham

Venue: ERI 144, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, B15 2TT

Time: 12.00 PM – 2.00 PM

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22 March

Theological Training in the 21st Century: A Debate  – Part 2

The second of three events in the series.  The purpose of this series of debates, organised by Woolf Institute Cambridge Scholar Austin Tiffany, is to bring together various voices in the field of theological education and clerical training. Categories to be discussed will include Jewish, Christian and Muslim theological education, the adaptation of religious leaders to their surroundings and circumstances (that happens at a more rapid pace than at theological institutions), and debates about Mixed-mode or Residential-mode-style of clerical training.

Venue: Woolf Institute, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0UB

Time: 5.00 PM

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23 March

From Cairo to Aleppo: exploring the photographic archive of K.A.C Creswell

Join us for an in-depth exploration of a unique archive of Middle Eastern topographical photographs dating from the early-20th century. As part of The Barakat Trust’s commitment to the study and preservation of Islamic heritage and culture, more than three thousand of Sir Keppel Archibald Cameron Creswell’s photographic prints are now being analysed and systematically catalogued by researcher and The Barakat Trust’s Grantee, Omniya Abdel Barr.  During this talk, she will discuss her efforts to investigate Creswell’s photographs as well as the stories they reveal; adding geospatial data to map these historic sites and including Arabic script.

Venue: Prints & Drawings Study Room, Victoria and Albert Museum

Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

Time: 6.00 PM – 8.00 PM

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27 March

Edward W. Said London Lecture 2018

The annual lecture will be presented by Amira Hass with the title: The Preventable: Israeli Fantasies and Techniques of Population Expulsion.  Hass has been a correspondent for the Israeli daily Haaretz in the Occupied Palestinian Territory since 1993. She lived in Gaza between 1993 to 1997 and, since then, in the town of Al-Bireh in the West Bank. She is the author of two books: Drinking the Sea at Gaza (Metropolitan, 2000) and Reporting from Ramallah (Semiotex, 2003).

Venue: The Royal Geographical Society, Ondaatje Theatre, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR

Time: 7.00 PM

Tickets: £14 / £8 concession for students

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28 March

Introducing Islamic Art

 A 45-minute British Museum gallery talk by Anne Haworth, 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.





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