Listing of Events – April 2018


Through April

Tafseer of the Holy Qur’an

Conducted by: Shaykh M S Bahmanpour

Venue: The Islamic Centre of England, 140 Maida Vale, London W9 1QB

Time: Every Friday starting at 7.30 PM


30 March to 2 April

Spiritual revival 2018

Itikaf of month of Rajab (13 -15 Rajab) conducted by Sheikh Mirza Abbas

A‘mal, lectures, Qur’an recitation, duas, Ahkam and contemplation.

Venue: London, Masjid Imam Ali 852 Harrow Road, Wembley HA0 2PX

Time: Programme starts at 10pm on 30th March and ends after Iftar on 2nd April

Fee: £10

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6 – 8 April

MSN 2nd Annual Educational & Spiritual Retreat camp 2018

Teenagers’ religious & moral education, scholarly led discussions, personal reflection, supplication sessions and one to one consultation.  Opportunities to update your knowledge and experience.

Venue: Devere Harwood Estate, Milton Keynes, Mursley Road MK17QPH

Fee: Standard £180 members £140

Register on line


7 April

Family Half term fun day (Global) @ Blackburn

Venue:  Bangor Street Community Centre, Norwich St, Blackburn BB1 6NZ
Time: 1:00 to 5:00 pm

Cost: Free

Contact:  01254 503311 / 079 2058 8049


7 & 8 April

Young Friends’ sleepover: how to be an archaeologist – Age: 8 to15

Young Friends can come to an exciting sleepover to find out how to be an archaeologist. Find out about the history of archaeology – from the first excavations to what they do today, and what role they have played in the history of the British Museum. See what we can learn from ancient tombs and crack forgotten languages. Discover the story behind some of the objects in the collection and how they came to be in the Museum.

At the end of the evening Young Friends and their guests will spend the night sleeping in the Egyptian and Assyrian galleries surrounded by kings from the ancient world, followed by breakfast in the morning.

Venue: The British Museum Russell Street
Time: Saturday 7 April, 18.15
Sunday 8 April, 09.00
Tickets: £45
To book: call 020 7323 8195


7 April to 15 May

Workshops on Recitation of the Holy Qur’an

Islamic College of London is offering a series of workshops to serve those who love the Qur’an.

Level 1: Tajwid and rules of recitation
Level 2: Voice and tune in the recitation of the Holy Qur’an (Prerequisite: Knowledge of Level 1)
Level 3: Different narrations in the recitation of the Holy Qur’an (Prerequisite: Knowledge of Levels 1& 2)

These three different workshops will give you overall knowledge of correct and certified recitation.
(Age 16+)

Venue: The Islamic College, 133 High Road, Willesden. London NW10 2SW
Tutor: Seyed Jalal Masoomi
Fee: £20 (Registration fee per workshop)
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14 April

Easy Conversational Arabic

Half-day Spoken Arabic course. An opportunity for a lovely learning event alongside a chance to socialise (ladies only).
Refreshments/treats provided.
Venue: The Bermondsey Square Hotel, Tower Bridge Rd, London. SE1 3UN
Cost: £19.99 Time: 1pm
For more information: Email


16 April

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 our later traditions on the subject of Living with Difference: Incarnation.

Presenters: Rabbi Janet Burden (Jewish) TBC (Christian) TBC (Muslim)

Venue: London Inter Faith Centre, St Annes & St Andrews Church, 125 Salusbury Rd, London NW6 6RG
Contact: Laurence Hillel 07801 286819

Time: 10:15 AM – 12:30 PM


17 & 18 April

Emergent Religious Pluralism(s)

An Interdisciplinary Conference at the Woolf Institute.
The concept of religious pluralism has been at the centre of major political developments and discourse in recent years. The rise of the Hindu right in India has contributed to an increasing sense of marginalisation amongst non-Hindu minorities, and Muslims in particular. Donald Trump’s divisive rhetoric and persistent attempts to impose a Muslim travel ban have similarly left Muslim minorities in the U.S. feeling targeted. In war torn countries throughout the Middle East, the place of the dwindling Christian communities looks ever more precarious, and the rich tradition of pluralism seems to be disappearing. Across Europe controversial attempts, both legal and political, to manage the challenge of religious diversity has led to heated debates on how to deal with difference. At the heart of these developments, the very ideal of religious pluralism itself is being contested. But how have changing realities on the ground informed the ideal of religious pluralism itself in different parts of the world?

Convenors: John Fahy and Jan-Jonathan Bock, Sami Everett

Fees: £35 (full price) or £15 (student concession)

Lunch and refreshments are included in the fee.

For further details:  email


24 April

Mapping the Mediterranean by the Cartographers of Medieval Islamic Societies

Islamic cartographers perceived the Mediterranean as a sea which unites all of its shores, making them one geographical entity, contrary to the European perception of a sea which divides the world into three continents. The map of Ma’mun, devised in the early 9th century, represents a major improvement in mapping of that sea. Most of the later medieval Islamic maps of the Mediterranean are based on the originals of Balkhi/Istakhri and Ibn-Hawqal made during the 10th century. They are drawn in a symbolic style, and are supported by geographical texts. Most of these maps show the Atlantic at the top, and the four points of the compass at four corners of the page. The larger world map of al-Idrisi shows the Mediterranean in a more realistic style, and seems to be superior to the European Mappa Mundi of the time. Towards the end of the 15th century, Islamic cartography was increasingly influenced by the new European traditions of mapmaking, and was rapidly losing its originality. The Piri Reis map of the Mediterranean bears witness to this claim.

Cyrus Alai was born in Iran and received his PhD from Technische Universitat, Berlin. He founded and directed for twenty years a group of engineering companies in Iran, and also lectured at the University of Tehran. He is the author of the award-winning two monumental volumes of the General/Special Maps of Persia, published by Brill in 2005 and 2010. In 2013, he donated his unique collection of old maps of Persia to SOAS, to be made available to all scholars, researchers and others worldwide.

Speaker: Cyrus Alai

Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre, Russell Square: College Buildings
Time: 5:45 PM to 7:00 PM
Admission : Free – All Welcome
Contact email: Tel: 020 7898 4330


25 April

Islamic Textiles from Iberia: Re-evaluating Their Role in the Mediterranean Context

Dr Ana Cabrera-Lafuente, Marie S.-Curie Fellow, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

 Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT)

Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Organiser: Rosalind Wade Haddon

Contact email:
Contact Tel: 07714087480


Values and Meaning in our Contemporary World: A Series of Seminar Led discussions on Contemporary Themes

Venue: London Inter Faith Centre, St Annes & St Andrews Church, 125 Salusbury Rd, London NW6 6RG
Time: When: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Cost: £5

Contact: Laurence Hillel 07801286819


30 April

 ‘Lost Maps of the Caliphs’: The Fatimid View of the World -seminar

Yossef Rapoport, Queen Mary University of London

Organiser: Dr Ceyda Karamursel

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) room WLT

Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM


Quranic Schools in Northern Nigeria – seminar

Hannah Hoechner will discuss her latest book ‘Quranic Schools in Northern Nigeria – Everyday Experiences of Youth, Faith, and Poverty’, published by the International African Library.

In a global context of widespread fears over Islamic radicalisation and militancy, poor Muslim youth, especially those socialised in religious seminaries, have attracted overwhelmingly negative attention. In northern Nigeria, male Quranic students have garnered a reputation of resorting to violence in order to claim their share of highly unequally distributed resources. Drawing on material from long-term ethnographic and participatory fieldwork among Quranic students and their communities, this book offers an alternative perspective on youth, faith, and poverty. Mobilising insights from scholarship on education, poverty research and childhood and youth studies, Hannah Hoechner describes how religious discourses can moderate feelings of inadequacy triggered by experiences of exclusion, and how Quranic school enrolment offers a way forward in constrained circumstances, even though it likely reproduces poverty in the long run. A pioneering study of religious school students conducted through participatory methods, this book presents vital insights into the concerns of this much-vilified group.

Discussants: Mashood Baderin (SOAS), Robert Launay (Northwestern University)
Louis Brenner (SOAS)
Russell Square: College Buildings room 4429
Time: 5:15 PM to 7:00 PM
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2 May

Centre for Palestine Studies Annual Lecture: The Nakba in the Present

The year 2018 is marked by two competing 70th anniversaries – that of the creation of the state of Israel and that of the Palestinian Nakba. In his lecture, Elias Khoury; Lebanese writer, novelist, university professor and prominent public intellectual will discuss the following themes:

1) The Nakba as ethnic cleansing, and how it has been depicted in Israeli and Palestinian literature;
2) The Nakba as a settler-colonial process that is still ongoing;
3) The error in comparing the Nakba to the Holocaust, and Edward Said’s concept of ‘the victims of the victims’;
4) The Nakba as an open book.

Elias Khoury’s novel Bab Al Shams (Gate of the Sun) was praised by Edward Said and made into a film.

Chair: Gilbert Achcar, SOAS
Venue: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Admission:  Free – All Welcome
Contact: or 020 7898 4330


Rowan Williams: The importance of interfaith in terms of social justice

Woolf Institute Lecture series offers this third event as part of the series by Dr Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and former Archbishop of Canterbury.

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

Time: 17.30

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5 & 6 May

The Fourth International Conference on Shi’i Studies

This conference will provide a broad platform for scholars in Shi‘i studies to present their latest research. Papers are welcome on any aspect of Shi‘i studies.

Organiser: The Islamic College

Deadline for completed papers: 2nd April 2018
Venue: 133 High Road, Willesden, London, NW10 2SW

Contact number: +44 (0) 20 8451 9993

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