Listing of Events

Through May

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 7.30 PM
Contact: 0207 604 5500



Introduction to Islam

The Islamic College’s new short courses aim to introduce Islam, Islamic beliefs, traditions, cultures and some of the contemporary issues the Muslim world is facing. This course is open to all and previous knowledge is not required.

Muslim Cultures & Civilisation

Tutor: Amir De Martino
Time: Tuesdays 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Registration is mandatory but no fee is required.


Short Courses on Primary Sources of Islam: Nahj al-Balaghah

Understanding the Qur’an in the Light of Nahj Al-Balaghah

Tutor: Shaykh Mohammed Ali Ismail
Date: 2 May
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Imam Ali(a) in Nahj Al-Balaghah

Tutor: Maulanan Maqbool Hussain Alvi
Date: 9 May
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Prophethood in Nahj Al-Balaghah

Tutor: Dr Mohammad Ali Shomali
Date: 13 May
Time: 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM


Typology of Personalities in Nahj Al- Balaghah

Tutor: Maulana Maqbool Hussain Alvi
Date: 16 May
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Venue: The Islamic College, 133 High Road, Willesden, London NW10 2SW

Morre info:
Registration is mandatory but no Fee is required.
Tel: 020 84519993


2 – 25 May

Workshop for Islamic Educators: Raising Tomorrows Community

 A four-week programme that will cover topics such as: The Islamic theory of education, a variety of teaching approaches and strategies, aqaid (theology) and akhlaq (morality), key challenges within the context of Islamic education.

Venue: Institute of Islamic Studies, Islamic Centre of England, 140 Maida Vale, London W9 1QB
Tutors: Shk. Dr. Mohammad Ali Shomali, Sisters Shahnaze and Israa Safieddine
Time: Every Wed – Fri, 9.10 AM – 2.30 PM
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2 May

The Commander: Fawzi al-Qawuqji and the Fight for Arab Independence 1914-1948

 Lecture by Professor Laila Parson’s on her latest book. Revered by some as the Arab Garibaldi, maligned by others as an intriguer and opportunist, al-Qawuqji manned the ramparts of Arab history for four decades. In Qawuqji’s life story we find the origins of today’s turmoil in the Arab Middle East.

Organiser: London Middle East Institute
Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Wolfson Lecture Theatre
Time: 5:45 PM – 7:00 PM
Contact email:
Tel: 020 7898 4330/4490


4 May

BRAIS Workshop: On the Importance of Being Islamic

Shahab Ahmed’s What is Islam? and the future of Islamic Studies

Shahab Ahmed’s posthumous ‘What is Islam’? Starts with a problem:  Is Sufi pantheism ‘Islamic’?  Should we call philosophical exploration, figural art and drinking wine – all activities highly valorised by many pre-modern Muslims, ‘Islamic’? And if so, what do we actually mean.

This one-day workshop will bring together leading scholars of Islam in the UK to comment, discuss, and critique this ambitious and eccentric book, and to explore its radical implications for the very framework of Islamic Studies in teaching and research.

Venue: David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Francis Bancroft Building, Queen Mary University of London, E1 4NSTime: 9.00 AM – 7.00 PM
Fee: Free, register at


4 May – 8 June

Course: History of Carpets from the Islamic World

This course will be fully dedicated to the history of carpet production in the Islamic world. Through the analysis of the most iconic carpets, held in famous museums and collections in Europe and abroad, you will become familiar with threads, materials, patterns and trends as well as with patrons and places of manufacture.

Venue: Arab British Centre, 1 Gough Square, London, EC4A 3DE
Time: Thursdays 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (6 Weeks – 12 Hours)
Tutor: Roberta Marin
Fee: £185
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6 May

Ibn ‘Arabi & the Philosophers – Reason, Revelation and Inspiration

Each year, the Ibn ‘Arabi Society organises Symposia in the UK and USA on an aspect of Ibn ‘Arabi’s work. These international gatherings bring together people from many different fields and traditions and include scholars, students, and anyone interested in what Ibn ‘Arabi had to say.

Venue: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS, London WC1H 0XG
Time: 8.45 AM – 5.45 PM
Fee: £50 (discounts available for members / Early Bird)
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6 – 7 May

Competing Moral Visions? Liberalism, Feminism and Islamic Tradition

This two-day programme will explore questions related to gender from the perspective of two intellectual traditions: Western liberalism and the Islamic tradition. In particular, we will highlight the underlying moral visions of these two traditions, considering such questions as: What presuppositions about human nature and the good life does it promote? What kind of human self does it seek to cultivate? We will also examine the critical project of Islamic feminism, which lies at the intersection of these two traditions.

Venue: Cambridge Muslim College, 14 St Paul’s Rd, Cambridge CB1 2EZ
Time: 10.00 AM – 5.00 PM
Fee: £100
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6 & 7 May

Heart Therapy: Purification of the Soul

The heart is the most crucial part of the body and is directly connected to one’s soul. Explore the diseases of the heart and equip yourself with knowledge on how to cure them in this detailed course.

Venues: 6 May – Manchester, 7 May – Birmingham
Time: 8.30 AM – 7.00 PM
Tutor: Daood Butt
Fee: £35
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7 May

Digital workshop: Explore Islamic patterns

Craft a repeating geometric pattern inspired by the objects in the Islamic world gallery. Use smartphones to explore beautiful and complex patterns, and then create your own using design software. Sessions last up to 120 minutes. To secure a place sign up on the day of the session at the Samsung Digital Discovery Centre.

Venue: Samsung Centre, The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG
Time: 1.00 AM – 1.00 PM & 2.00 PM – 4.00 PM
Age:  7 yrs+
Fee: Free, limited spaces available


Islamophobia: Causes & Cures

A 45-60 minute presentation exploring the causes and cures for Islamophobia in the UK. Islamophobic hate crime has risen since the EU referendum. Discover how becoming active and aware can make a significant difference to this issue. By following a few simple procedures, we can work together to stop Islamophobia.

Venue: Masjid-E-Umer Trust, Queens Road, Walthamstow, E17 8QR
Time: 10.30 AM -12.00 PM
Fee: Free


9 May

Introduction to Islamic art

A 45 minutes gallery talk by Roberta Marin, an 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.


11 May

Kings and scholars: politics and science in the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud

A 45 minutes gallery talk by Eleanor Robson, UCL at the British Museum. Suitable for all levels of knowledge.

Venue: Room 6, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
Time: 1.15 PM – 2.00 PM
Fee: Free, drop in.


16 May

Religion and Foreign Policy: A Brussels Perspective

Merete Bilde will speak about the role religion plays within the foreign policy branch of the European Union. She will cover a range of topics, including the handling of the crisis around the publication of Danish cartoons of Mohammed in 2005-2006 as well as the secular world view of many officials and diplomats. In addition, she will examine the establishment of a training program in 2013 for EU officials to develop collective awareness of the role of religion (whether helpful or problematic) and its implications for diplomatic work.

Organiser: The Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion
Venue: University of Birmingham, Muirhead Tower, Lecture Theatre G15, Birmingham, B15 2TT
Time: 5.30 PM – 9.00 PM
Fee: Free
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18 May

I Keep Breaking: Dealing with Stress, Depression, Anxiety and Modern Day Challenges in Life.

In this seminar, Ustadha Yasmin Mogahed (USA) will show us how to overcome and deal with tests in our lives and use them as a means to get closer to God.  Join us for her first visit to Leicester! Exclusive Launch and Live Interview based on Yasmin Mogahed’s new Book: Love and Happiness. Purchase the copy & have it signed on the day!


Venue: Leicester (Full details upon registration)
Time: 6.30 PM – 9.30 PM

Fee: £25
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20 – 21 May

Ben Nevis Challenge

Register and join our 3rd annual climb of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Scotland & Britain and help us to feed orphans and needy children around the globe by raising a minimum of £350. Transport will be provided from London, Luton, Birmingham, Manchester & Bradford.

Venue: Ben Nevis, Fort William, PH33 6SY


23 May

BRAIS Workshop: Seeing is Believing; Miracles in Islamic Thought

This workshop explores the different ways in which miracles were defined, articulated and understood in various schools of thought within the Islamic tradition. Belief in miracles is a central aspect of many religious traditions, and unsurprisingly, this topic has received increasing attention over the past few decades from scholars of other religious traditions. However, other than the substantial amount of scholarship on the miraculous nature of the Qur’an, the concept of the miracle itself in Islamic thought is relatively understudied.

Venue: Wolfson Lecture Theatre, First Floor, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House North Block), SOAS, London WC1H 0XG
Time: 9.00 AM – 6.30 PM
Fee: Free, registration required
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24 – 25 May

IAIS Postgraduate Conference 2017 – ‘Conflict, Borders and Contested Space’

Within the context of conflicts in the Middle East which challenge historical borders, the growth of militarised borders in Europe and the US, and the increasing securitisation of migration and the ‘refugee crisis’, the need to understand spatial articulations of conflict has become increasingly critical. In this time of a securitisation of civil space and the militarisation of borders, this conference seeks to explore changing formations of conflict, contestation and dissent, as well as their implications for contemporary academia.

The conference will include a key note speech by Dr Bassel Salloukh, Associate Professor of Political Science at the Social Sciences Department at Lebanese American University, entitled ‘Demystifying Sectarian Narratives of the Middle East after the Popular Uprisings’.

Venue: Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, Stocker Rd, Exeter EX4 4ND
Time: 9.00 AM – 5.00 PM
Fee: Free


27 May

Pharaohs and the Hittites

A gallery talk by George Hart, an independent speaker. Gallery talks last 45 minutes.  They are given by Museum staff or guest speakers and are suitable for all levels of knowledge.

Venue: Room 4, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
Time: 1.15 PM – 2.00 PM
Fee: Free, drop in.


3 June

The splendour of ancient Iran

A gallery talk by Carolyn Perry, The British Foundation for the Study of Arabia. Gallery talks last 45 minutes.  They are given by Museum staff or guest speakers and are suitable for all levels of knowledge.

Venue: Room 52, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
Time: 1.15 PM – 2.00 PM
1Fee: Free, drop in.


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