Listing of Events

Through January

Commentary (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 7:30pm

Through January

Life and Sole: Footwear from the Islamic World

A display of footwear and related objects that reveals some of the past and present customs, pastimes and traditions from across the Islamic world.
Around 25 pairs of shoes, slippers, sandals, clogs and boots from North Africa, the Middle East, Turkey,  Central Asia and South Asia are being shown together for the first time. Dating from 1800 onwards, they demonstrate the important role footwear has always played in the social and cultural life of people living in these regions. The display presents a variety of regional styles, materials, embellishments and shoe manufacturing traditions. It examines shoes as status symbols, class
indicators and diplomatic gifts.

Venue: Room 34, The BritishMuseum,
Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG
Time: 10.00 AM – 5.30 PM Daily (8.30 PM on Fridays)
Entry: Free

Through January

Egypt: Faith after the Pharaohs

This exhibition explores 1,200 years of history, providing unparalleled insight into the lives of different religious communities. This
exhibition of around 200 objects will show how Christian, Islamic and Jewish communities reinterpreted the pharaonic past of Egypt and interacted with one another. The transitions seen in this period have  shaped the modern world we know today.
Venue: Room 35, The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG
Time: 10.00 AM – 5.30 PM Daily (8.30 PM on Fridays)
Fee: Adults: £10 / Under 16: Free

Every weekend through January

Muslim Hands Gaza Annual Winter Walk

Now in its 8th year, the Gaza Winter Walk has seen thousands of participants from communities across the UK join together to raise funds for the children of Gaza. Wrapped up warm with maps and refreshments in hand, they have taken on the five miles of chilly terrain ahead of them to help Gaza’s children and the
results have been spectacular. This year’s walks have been organised in various cities: Manchester, Birmingham, Bradford, Glasgow, London, Luton, Cardiff and Leicester.

For venue and registration details:

Through 29th January

Last of the Dictionary Men

Over the course of 100 years, thousands of seamen from Yemen settled in the small town of South Shields in the North East of England and made it their home. Successful integration of the Yemeni community, it is argued, is one of the key multiculturalism stories that the region has to offer to the nation.
In 2005, the Iranian film director, Tina Gharavi, embarked on a journey to discover the legacy of Mohammed Ali’s visit to South Shields in 1977.
While filming she met with the Yemeni elders at the Al-Azhar mosque who shared glimpses of their amazing lives, previously unknown and untold.
A series of thirteen hand-coloured portraits by the internationally renowned photographer, Youssef Nabil, captures the first generation of Yemeni sailors with the pride they embody as individuals and as a community.

Venue: The Street Gallery, Institute of
Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4ND
Time: 9.00 AM – 5.00 PM
Fee: Free
More info: Telephone Jane Clark on 01392 724040

5 January

Kingship and religion in ancient Iran

45 minute Gallery Talk by Vesta Curtis. Free to attend. Talks are suitable for people with all levels of knowledge.

Venue: Room 68, The British
Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG
Time: 1.15 PM – 2.00 PM


11 January

1656, Cromwell and the Readmission of Jews: Towards a Tolerant and Pluralist Society?

Together with Eugenio F. Biagini (Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, Cambridge), the Woolf Institute is organising a conference to commemorate the 360th anniversary of Oliver Cromwell’s readmission of Jews to
Britain and Ireland in 1656. Themes will include the origins of tolerance and the long-term and wider significance of the return for the UK today.
Speakers will include David Abulafia (Professor of Mediterranean History, Cambridge), John Coffey (Professor of Early Modern History, Leicester), Rabbi Joseph Dweck (Senior Rabbi of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ Congregation of London), David Feldman (Director of the Pears Institute and Professor of History,
Birkbeck) and John Morrill (Professor of British and Irish History, Cambridge).

Venue: Sidney Sussex College, Sidney
Street, Cambridge CB2 3HU, UK
Time: 9.00 AM – 6.45 PM
Registration & More info:

16 January

Politics, Islam & Modernity

Professor Wael Hallaq (Columbia University, USA) and specialist on Islamic Law and Islamic intellectual history, will deliver a one-day intensive course based around his book ‘The Impossible State: Islam, Politics, and Modernity’s Moral Predicament’ (Columbia University Press, 2012).

Venue: Birkbeck College, Malet Street,
London, WC1E 7HX
Time: 9.00 AM – 6.00 PM
Fee: £40 & £50

21 January

Living with the past: temples, churches and mosques in Egypt

45 minute Gallery Talk by Elisabeth R O’Connell. Free to attend. Talks are suitable for all levels of knowledge.

Venue: Room 4, The British Museum,
Great Russell Street, London
Time: 1.15 PM – 2.00 PM

24 January

A Taste of Scottish Islam

Scotland is home to 77,000 Muslims, many of whom draw their heritage from the diverse cultures and traditions of the Muslim world. From
Istanbul through to Indonesia, Muslim societies reflect local customs, and cuisine reflects local ingredients and palates!
As part of the Year of Food & Drink Scotland 2015, The Alwaleed Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World (part of the University of Edinburgh) is hosting a food event to celebrate and bring together the different cultures of the Muslim world, represented in Edinburgh. It will be a chance to reflect differences, appreciate similarities, and enjoy some delicious food!

Venue: City of Edinburgh Methodist
Church – 25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BX GB
Time: 3.00 PM – 5.00 PM
Entry: Free
Volunteers needed, email:

30-31 January

The Muslim DNA- Course

At a time when perceptions are everything, setting a good example is far more powerful than mere words. This course will delve into the commentary and tradition to extract the life lessons we need to become better people. You will learn about the eternal struggle with Satan, bravery, humility, piety, remembering God, leadership, honesty, generosity, avoiding backbiting & envy, justice and so on.

Venue: Birmingham, Venue to be confirmed.
Time: 8.30 AM – 7.00 PM
Fee: £60.00


31 January

Introduction to Muslim chaplaincy

AMCed is developing Muslim chaplaincy courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels for those seeking a more academic approach. These courses
are for the professional development of Muslim Chaplains, faith leaders and anyone who is involved in community or youth work. The first online course is starting in January 2016. This course is for new and experienced chaplains or anyone interested in finding out about Muslim chaplaincy.
Venue: Online
Time: 8.00 AM – 5.00 PM
More info:


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