Listing of Events

Through February

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

1 February

The Establishment of Islam in early medieval Egypt

Hugh Kennedy from SOAS discusses the arrival of Islam in early medieval Egypt from the Arab conquest of 641CE to the subsequent settlement of Arabs in Fustat (Old Cairo) and Alexandria.
With a focus upon relations between Muslims and the largely Christian population they ruled, he considers whether the Islamic faith was spread by force, how quickly conversion took place and why Arabic became the dominant language.

Venue: BP Lecture Theatre, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
Time: 1.30 PM – 2.30 PM
Fee: Free, booking essential
Booking: Online on

3 February

Trojan Horse and ‘Preventing of Schooling’: Muslims, Securitisation and Racialised Politics

Lecture by Shamim Miah, Senior Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield. His current research interests draw upon both empirical and theoretical approaches to the study of Muslims and education policy. Shamim is the author of ‘Muslims, Schooling and the Question of Self-Segregation’ (Palgrave, 2015). He is also a ‘special interest group’ convenor (Race and Ethnicity) for BERA (British Educational Research Association).

Venue: John Percival Building, Cardiff University, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EG
Time: 5.00 PM – 6.00 PM
Chair: Dr Mansur Ali, Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Cardiff University

6 February

A Night for Syria

Supporting widows and orphans in crisis.  Exquisite three course meal with a cultural fusion organised by ‘Wipe The Tears’.

Venue: Glasgow Central Mosque, Mosque Ave, Glasgow, Glasgow City, G5 9TA, UK
Time: Doors open at 5.30 PM
Entry: Adults – £20, Under 16’s – £15


University of Oxford – Sufism and Muslim Education 1: Exploring Islamic Culture

A course by the Department for Continuing Education discussing the basic orientation and history of Sufi thought and the diverse cultural variations of Sufism in the Muslim world.  The workshop will explore historical themes related to early and medieval Muslim educational theories and institutions. It is intended for members of the general public, students, teachers, professionals, and anyone with an interest in the diversity of thought and culture found in Muslim communities.
Also a linked day event will be taking place on Saturday 13th February with the focus on contemporary Muslim Education.
Participants are welcome to attend either of these events or to sign up for both.

Venue: Oxford, Ewert House, Ewert Place, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7DD
Time: 9.45 AM – 5.00 PM
Fee: £65 (Baguette Lunch £4.25)
Booking and More info:

9 February

Muslim-Jewish Relations Panel Series

Omar Sayfo (University of Utrecht) on ‘Politics and Religion in Animated Egyptian Cartoons’.

Venue: Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Room 8-9
Time: 5.00 PM

Conservation of footwear from the Islamic world

45 minute Gallery Talk by Barbara Wills.  Free to attend, just drop in.  Talks are suitable for all levels of knowledge.

Venue: Room 34, The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG
Time: 1.15 PM – 2.00 PM

From Europe to the Gulf

The Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies has organised a seminar on the subject of ‘Religious rituals among Shia women in London and Kuwait’.  The speaker is Dr. Yafa Shanneik (Department of Religious Studies, University of South Wales)

Venue: ERI building, room 224, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT
Time:  2.00 PM – 4.00 PM
Entry: Free

11 February

Islamic art in Syria and Egypt

45 minute Gallery Talk by Roberta Marin, independent speaker.  Free to attend, just drop in.

Venue: Room 34, The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG
Time: 1.15 PM – 2.00 PM

20 February

Muslim – Crawl of Duty Challenge

Are you tough enough to crawl through the muddy trenches of Surrey in support of orphans worldwide? Home to the UK’s No.1 Military assault course and the infamous ‘Nuts Challenge’!
The assault course has also been featured on Sky Sports, Sports Relief 2012, Soccer AM and BBC This Week. Having been voted the UK’s best obstacle course, the course features obstacles, tunnels, tyres, rope swing, water dippers and much more.
Male and female instructors are available, and there is a segregated obstacle course.

Venue: Dorking, Surrey, London (transport provided).
Registration Fee: £30
Minimum fundraising target: £200 pp
Register at:

21 – 24 February

Reformulation and Hermeneutics: Researching the History of Islamic Legal Theory, Istanbul University

This collaborative conference between the Islamic Reformulations project and the Faculty of Theology, Istanbul University will take place in Istanbul.  The conference will examine how through history, Sharia rules have been justified by Muslim thinkers, with a focus on the debates and discussions in works of legal theory.

It will bring together leading researchers from the Middle East, Europe and North America in the discipline.
Registration fee covers costs of all accommodation, meals, conference materials and internal transfers in Istanbul. However attendees are responsible for their own travel to and from Istanbul.

Fee: £500
Contact: Jane Clark (

23 February

Centre for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Spring Seminar Series

‘Understanding gender in the apocalyptic and utopian thinking of so -called Islamic State’ – a seminar presented by Dr Catherine Brown (Department of Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham)

Venue: ERI building, room 224, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT
Time:  2.00 PM – 4.00 PM
Entry: Free

24 February

The Challenge of Chaplaincy in Universities

At a time when the British government is putting more focus and responsibility on chaplains and chaplaincy services, how can we unpick the challenge of chaplaincy and best support students of many faiths, or none?  At this Westminster briefing a different approach to overcoming challenges facing today’s chaplaincy service in universities will be discussed.
The morning session will look at the challenges of providing effective chaplaincy services in universities, particularly in the light of an increased focus on chaplaincy. The afternoon session will share experiences of different approaches to overcoming these challenges.
The event is CPD certified, and a certificate is available to confirm your attendance.

Venue: Etc. venues, One Drummond Gate, Victoria, London, SW1V 2QQ
Time: 11.00 AM – 3.30 PM
Fee: £225 pp or £175 for two places.
Registration & More info:

27 February

Stop Trident National Demonstration

The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), supported by Stop the War Coalition, is calling a national demonstration to protest against Britain’s nuclear weapons system to say No to government plans to buy a new system at a cost of £100 billion. Parliament will be voting on this in 2016.

Venue & Time: Assemble at 12 noon Central London meeting point and march to Trafalgar Square for rally with contributions from a range of political and celebrity speakers.

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