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 1QBMore
Time: Every Friday starting at 7.30 PM
Tel: 0207 604 5500


Open House Dialogue
‘Bringing the community together, breaking
barriers’. Various topics discussed on an
open platform.

Venue: Islamic Centre of England, 140
Maida Vale, London W9 1QB
Time: Fortnightly. First Tuesday of every
month starts at 6.45 PM
Contact: 0207 604 5500
More info:


Iranian voices recent acquisitions of works on paper
A display of works by Iranian artists in the British Museum.
The modern and contemporary art of Iran tells a multiplicity of stories. Made by Iranian artists of different generations, the works in this display include a variety of media from collage to artist books and photography. The narratives highlight an engagement with Iranian history from the legendary tales of the Shahnameh (an epic poem written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi between about AD 977 – 1010) to insights into the politics of recent decades.
Between them, they present a series of vivid snapshots of the art and preoccupations of some of Iran’s most significant artists. Free to the general
More info: whats_on/exhibitions/iranian_voices.aspx


Connected Histories: Muslims in the First World War
This new exhibition explores the untold stories of the more than 400,000 Muslim soldiers in the First World War and features personal stories and loans from relatives of those who served. The exhibition has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Library of Birmingham and links historical research with personal testimony from Birmingham people whose Muslim relatives served in the First World War.

Venue: Birmingham Museum & Art
Gallery Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 3DH
Time: Mon – Thurs & Weekends: 10. 00 AM – 5.00 PM / Fri: 10.30 AM – 5.00 PM/
Exhibition runs until 5 March 2017
Entry: Free
1 January
Winter Wonderland: Children’s Tea Party (Global Rahmah Foundation)
Venue: Maida,16 Eanam, Blackburn BB1 5BY UK
Time:2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Fee: £10
More info:
Contact: 01254503311


4 & 5 January
The new methods of ethics, conference 2
This conference is funded by the AHRC (as a part of the ‘Building Bridges in Ethics’ project) and the College of Arts and Law at the University of Birmingham. Its purpose is to showcase and discuss some of the most interesting recent work taking part in the new methodological debates in moral
philosophy. The conference is open to all, and there is no attendance fee. Limited spaces, registration needed.
Venue: ERI Building – G51 (Ground Floor), Birmingham University
Time: 4th January (13:00) – Thursday 5th January (16:30)
For further details: contact: Jussi
8 January
Bolton Winter Wonderland
FREE Entry to Bolton’s Winter Wonderland family fun day! Muslim Hands is organising a Winter Wonderland at the Macron Stadium, Bolton. Enjoy freestyle skating on the ice rink, have a go on the traditional fun fair rides, indulge in delicious food and shop in a dedicated souk full with hundreds of stalls! This is a great opportunity for businesses of all sizes to showcase their products.
Venue: Macron Stadium, Bolton
Time: 12.00 AM – 6.00 PM
Fee: £50 / £25 (student/unwaged)
Booking stall and/or sponsor the Bolton
Winter Wonderland:
9 January
Diplomacy in the Middle East: The Norwegian Experience
Organiser: Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham.
Speaker: Ambassador Aud-Lise Norheim Ambassador Norheim has served at the Norwegian embassy in Tehran since 2014.
Her previous ambassadorial posts include Damascus, Beirut, Dhaka, Rome and South Africa.
Venue: University of Birmingham B15 2TT
13 January
Special event Memories of Mandela Staged in the auditorium officially opened by Nelson Mandela in 2000, this discussion celebrates and explores the life, character and enduring legacy of the South African leader on his nation and the world. A panel of speakers whose lives and
careers were influenced by the leader will address the participants. Presented in collaboration with the South African High Commission.
Venue: The British Museum, BP Lecture
Time: : 6:30PM to 8:00PM
Tickets: £5 Members/Concessions £3
Ticket Desk in Great Court
Tel: +44 (0)20 7323 8181
14 January
Gaza Winter Walk
The 9th annual Gaza Winter Walk 2017 by  Muslim Hands. Join this walk in a city near you and make a big difference to the lives
of expectant mothers and new-born babies in the Gaza Strip!
Time: Glasgow 14 January

Bradford 21 January
Manchester 22 January

Birmingham 28 January
Leicester 29 January
More info:
16 January
IMES Seminar Series: Alexander the Great in Early Persian and Arabic Historiography
Organiser: School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. The University of Edinburgh
Speaker: Prof. Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila (Edinburgh) – “Alexander the Great in Early Persian and Arabic Historiography”
Venue: 16-22 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD
Time: 5:15 PM
17 January
Southeast Asian shadow puppet theatre
A gallery talk by Farouk Yahya, Ashmolean Museum. Gallery talks last 45 minutes. They are given by Museum staff or guest
speakers and are suitable for all levels of knowledge. Free entry,
Venue: Room 91, The British Museum
Time: 1PM – 2PM
18 January
Confronting the Islamic State Challenge in Syria
Organiser: Department of Political Science
and International Studies, Birmingham University.
Speaker: Dr Karin von Hippel, Director- General, Royal United Services Institute
Venue: Room G15, Muirhead Tower (building R21 on campus map)
Time: 15:00-16:30
Contact: Catherine Edwards
Interfaith Relations
The School of Divinity of Edinburgh

University is running a Continuing Professional Development day for ministers and church leaders on the theme of Interfaith Relations.
Keynote Speaker: Professor Mona Siddiqui, OBE,

Dr Joshua Ralston: Bearing True Witness: Challenging Mutual Misunderstandings in Christian-Muslim Encounters
Dr Leah Robinson: The Use of Peacebuilding Skills in Interfaith Practices
Dr George Wilkes: Interfaith Peacebuilding, Social responsibility
Venue: New College, Mound Place, Edinburgh EH1 2LX.
Time: 12 pm – 5pm
Fee: £15 (including lunch and all
23 January
From dietary antinomianism to dietary prohibitions
Dr Nicolai Sinai (Oxford) presents a chronological reconstruction of the emergence of the Quranic food taboos.
Organiser: School of Literatures,
Languages and Cultures Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. The University of Edinburgh
Venue: 16-22 George Square, Edinburgh,
Time: 5:15 PM
26 January
The Islamic College monthly lecture series
Qalandar Shi‘ism in Safavid Iran A lecture by Dr Lloyd Ridgeon This presentation looks at the case of Qalandar Sufis in Iran, whose Shi‘a
sympathise most probably gave them a certain degree of protection from those clerics who were hostile to Sufism. In this lecture, the nature of Qalandar Shi‘ism is examined along with the role and functions provided by the Qalandars in supporting the state.
Venue: 133 High Road, Willesden, NW10 2SW
Tel: 020 84519993
30 January
IMES Seminar Series: The Great Mosque of Damascus in Umayyad Times
Speaker: Dr Alain George (Edinburgh)
Organiser: School of Literatures,
Languages and Cultures Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. The University of Edinburgh
Venue: 16-22 George Square, Edinburgh,
Time: 5:15 PM
31 January
Third International Conference on Shi‘i Studies
The Islamic College, in collaboration with the Islamic Centre of England, would like to invite abstracts to be submitted for itsthird conference (6 -7 May 2017)
specialising in the growing field of 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. Abstract submission deadline is 31st January 2017 and deadline for completed papers is 1st April 2017.
Suggestions on topics: Islamiccollege. Shi‘i studies
Abstracts and enquiries: Shi‘i studies@islamcollege.


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