What & Where

Through June

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


Ramadan Special – ‘Lessons from the Qur’an’

‘Lessons from the Qur’an in the month of Ramadan’ is a FREE event where we discuss the characteristics befitting of a Muslim. We have selected four main topics: Truthfulness, Ihsaan (Kindness), Courage and Patience.  The purpose of the series will be to highlight that Ramadan is a month of change and the Qur’an is a book of change. The most honourable change one can achieve is to develop a good character.

Venue: Leeds University, Leeds, LS2 9JT

Dates: Every Thursday from 1st – 22nd June

Time: 6.00 PM – 7.30 PM

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1 & 2 June

Humanitarian ethics and action

The Centre for the Study of Global Ethics at Birmingham is pleased to announce its third annual conference, on the theme of humanitarian ethics and action. Confirmed keynote speakers: Simon Caney (Oxford), Cecile Fabre (Oxford), Helen Frowe (Stockholm) and Hugo Slim (ICRC).  Public lecture: ‘Blood Oil’ by Leif Wenar (KCL).

Venue: Birmingham University campus in Edgbaston, in the ERI Building, on Pritchatts Rd, B15 2TT

Time: 9.30 AM – 5.00 PM

Fee: £40 (includes lunch and refreshments on both days, but not evening meals)

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Malvern 2017 – Faith, Belief and Nation-building: What sort of Britain do we want to build for the 21st century?

A major consultation involving global thinkers from across all sectors of public life and belief traditions, as well as grassroots practitioners and activists will be hosted at St George’s House, Windsor. The consultation aims to curate a deep and strategic conversation about nation building and the role of institutional faiths and belief (both religious and non-religious) in that task.

The consultation, held under Chatham House rules, will produce a 40-page report which, it is anticipated, will be the basis for future public debates that will take further the important questions being considered.

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3 June

The splendour of ancient Iran

A gallery talk by Carolyn Perry, The British Foundation for the Study of Arabia. Suitable for all levels of knowledge.

Venue: Room 52, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

Time: 1.15 PM – 2.00 PM

Fee: Free, drop in.


3 – 18 June

Walk for Africa

This Ramadan ‘Muslim Hands’ is calling on all to help the families of Africa. We’ll be bringing families together and walking 5km in five cities around the UK this June!

There’ll be entertainment, lively special guests and a FREE IFTAR MEAL for all, it’s going to be a great family day out! You will be helping to provide life-saving food and medical care to those suffering from Africa’s food crisis.


Bradford – Saturday 3rd of June at Lister Park

Birmingham – Saturday 10th of June at Small Heath Park

Leicester – Sunday 11th of June at Abbey Park

Manchester – Sunday 18th of June at Platt Fields Park

London – Sunday 18th of June at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park


Registration: 18:30 – 19:15

Walk Time: 19:30 – 21:00

Closing ceremony: 21:00 – 21:30

Free Iftar meal: Maghrib onwards

Minimum Fundraising: £200

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8 June

University of Chester – Theology and Religious Studies PG Taster Day

Our Postgraduate Taster Days will provide you with the opportunity to find out everything you need to know regarding our postgraduate courses, and what it is like to be a postgraduate student within the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.


Venue: Hollybank Building, Parkgate Road Campus, Chester, CH1 4BJ

Time: 12:45 PM – 4:00 PM

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20 years of survey and excavations at Zoara in the Ghores-Safi, Jordan 1997–2017

Joint Middle East Department/Palestine Exploration Fund lecture series.  Konstantinos Politis, Hellenic Society for the Ancient Near East looks at the archaeological record at Zoara – one of the famed five ‘Cities of the Plain’ which, according to the Bible, survived the wrath of God while others such as Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed.

Recent archaeological works have confirmed Zoara’s regional importance throughout history and brought to light exciting new evidence to verify its identification. All this will now be published by the Palestine Exploration Fund (PEF) in a forthcoming volume and presented here by the excavation project director Konstantinos Politis.

Venue: BP Lecture Theatre, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

Time: 4.00 PM – 5.00 PM

Fee: Free, booking essential

The Muslim Veil (by UCL Festival of Culture)

Earlier this year, airport staff in Rome were filmed telling a Muslim woman that she would not be permitted to board her flight to London unless she removed her hijab. The ensuing debate was one of many recent examples of how the Muslim veil has been politicised – a screen onto which Europe’s current anxieties and political struggles are being projected. This session will consider the history and significance of the Muslim veil – particularly in relation to Algeria’s de-colonial struggle against France -, and its perception as a visible, public marker that can be mobilised to emphasise various political and social agendas.

Venue: Cruciform Building, Lecture Theatre 2, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

Time: 1.00 PM – 2.00 PM

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8 – 9 June

Palestine Expo 2017: Generation Palestine

Palestine Expo will be the biggest social, cultural and entertainment event in Europe. This will be a family-centred event, with an emphasis on the young #GenerationPalestine. Generation Palestine is a new group of people making efforts to educate themselves and are pro human rights, justice and equality.

Venue: Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P 3EE

Time: 10.00 AM – 6.00 PM

Fee: £5 – £40

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16 June

The Vladimir G Lukonin Memorial Lecture

Over the hills and far away: interaction across southern Iran in late prehistory

From prehistory onwards, the Iranian plateau connected the Middle East with Central and South Asia. It is ringed by mountains and piedmont zones with a desert core and was settled by people who traded over long distances from the earliest periods.

In this lecture, Cameron Petrie, University of Cambridge, looks at how people moved across the Iranian plateau and examines the relationship between landscapes, routes, settlements and the dynamics of human interconnection, particularly at the archaeological evidence from the Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods.

Venue: BP Lecture Theatre, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

Time: 6.00 PM – 7.00 PM

Fee: Free, booking essential

21 June

Islam expressed in art

A 45-minute gallery talk by Hilary Lewis-Ruttley, the independent speaker at the British Museum. 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.


Through 24 June

A Perilous Journey: Stories of Migration

A Perilous Journey is an exhibition drawing upon a selection of Positive/Negatives rich ethnographic portfolio around refugee migration stories. Concentrating on contemporary real-life stories from Syria and Iraq, we follow two men and two women on their long difficult journeys fleeing conflict.

The exhibit includes Khalid’s, Hasko’s and Dana’s stories detailing three separate harrowing journeys across Europe to reach safety from the conflict in Syria. Nadia’s Story tells of a pregnant Yazidi mother, fleeing ISIS controlled Iraq with her two young children. The literary comics explore the vulnerabilities and dangers men and women face while making these horrendous journeys. These vulnerabilities are amplified for women travelling alone with young children, putting them at escalated risk of gender-based violence.

Organisers: Positive/Negatives in partnership with SOAS

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room, SOAS, Russell Square, WC1H 0XG

Time: 10:30 AM – 5.00 PM

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24 June

Facing Adversity, Building Resilience & Finding Joy

Sheryl Sandberg and Malala Yousafzai, in conversation with Adam Grant, will explore how even after the most devastating events, we can learn to find deeper meaning and appreciation in our lives and rediscover joy. They will discuss how we can help others in crisis, raise strong children, and create resilient families, communities, and workplaces. Many of these lessons can be applied to our everyday struggles, allowing us to withstand whatever lies ahead.

Venue: Central Hall Westminster, Storey’s Gate, Westminster, SW1H 9NH

Time: 6.30 PM – 10.00 PM

Fee: Standard: £30 / Student: £15

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