Listing of Events - November 2017

Through November

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


1 November

Persian Kingship after Alexander the Great

 A 45 minutes gallery talk by Alexandra Magub, British Museum. Suitable for all levels of knowledge.

Venue: Room 68, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

Time: 1.15 PM – 2.00 PM

Fee: Free, drop in.

2 November

Powerful Symbols and the British-Zionist Alliance: From Balfour to the Nakba

For the third annual W.M. Watt Lecture, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES) is delighted to be joined by Professor Nur Masalha, a Palestinian historian and former Director of the Centre for Religion and History at St. Mary’s University, London.

His lecture will coincide with the centenary of the publication of the Balfour Declaration, the historic letter of the British Foreign Secretary, Lord Arthur Balfour, to Lord Rothschild announcing that the British government ‘view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people’.

Venue: Playfair Library, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL

Time: 6.00 PM – 8.30 PM

Admission: Free, but Booking is essential

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3 November

Trojan Horse: The Facts!

Muslim Engagement & Development (MEND) invite you to an evening with academics, teachers and journalists to ask: Has a hoax letter, a media scrum, a forceful education secretary and political motivations in education regulation led to the stigmatisation of a community, discrimination against outstanding teachers/school leaders and exam failure for a generation of children? Can we ensure this doesn’t happen again?

Venue: The Bordesley Centre, Stratford Rd, Birmingham, B11 1AR

Time: 5.30 PM – 9.00 PM

Fee: Free

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4 November

Uplift Connections brings to you an incubator event.  We bring you a panel of successful women in business to share expert advice. You get an opportunity to network with these experts and also get to speak to other women to get ideas and feedback. If you have a product or a service that you would like to promote and/or test, you can hire a stall and sell or simply promote yourself. Remember, in business, word of mouth is everything.

Venue: Ustwo Centre, 62 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JJ

Time: 1.00 PM – 4.00 PM

Fee: £5.90 – £11.21

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7 November

Funding research on transnational Islam: the ALTERUMMA project

This seminar consists of two parts. The first will introduce the ALTERUMMA project, which investigates the transformation of Shi‘a Islam in the Middle East and Europe since the 1950s. The project examines the formation of modern Shia communal identities and the role Shia clerical authorities and their transnational networks have played in their religio-political mobilisation. The project focuses on Iran, Iraq and significant but unexplored diasporic links to Syria, Kuwait and Britain. The second part of the seminar will use this particular project, which is funded by a European Research Council grant, to discuss the process of applying for funding for research in Islamic Studies and Religious Studies more generally.

Venue: ERI 224, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, B15 2TT

Speaker: Professor Oliver Scharbrodt (Birmingham)

Time: 2.00 PM – 4.00 PM

Admission: Open to all

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7 November

Robert Irwin Lecture on Tayeb Salih’s Season of Migration to the North

A masterpiece of the Sudanese writer Tayeb Salih (1929-2009), Season of Migration to the North was first published in Arabic in 1966 and was published in English translation by Denys Johnson-Davies in 1969.

It has been rightly subject to much analysis for treatment of colonialism, anti-colonialism, authoritarianism, resistance to social change and patriarchy. But this has been at the cost of more literary appraisals. The novel and its sequel Bandarshah drew upon The Arabian Nights, the Qur‘an, pre-Islamic poetry and Sufi narratives, as well as Heart of Darkness, Othello, The Tempest and the writings of Freud. The stories Tayeb Salih told took up those older narratives and they in turn commented on the stories he was telling.

Venue: Knowledge Centre, the British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

Time: 7.00 PM – 8.30 PM

Tickets: £10 (members/students/other concessions £7, senior 60+ £8)

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9 November

A Conversation about Birmingham’s Muslims: in the City, of the City

This event seeks to challenge current narratives by presenting findings from both old and new research about Birmingham and its Muslim communities. Bringing together leading Birmingham-based social scientists including Chris Allen and Özlem Ögtem Young with the general public, the event will consider the diversity of Birmingham’s Muslim communities alongside such notions as belonging, identity and ‘home’.

The event is designed to appeal to a non-specialist audience and so is open to all. Rather than ‘presenting’ research, the event will be informal and ‘conversational’ and will ensure opportunities for questions to be asked.

Venue: Bertha Wright Room, The Church at Carrs Lane, Carrs Lane, Birmingham, B4 7SX

Conducted by: Dr. Chris Allen

Time: 6.00 PM – 7.30 PM

Fee: Free, but registration required due to limited spaces

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11 November

K-Talks series

“A Man Beyond Time and Place “

How Imam Hussain(a) will always be relevant

Presented by: Mohammad Javad Shomali.

Venue: Kanoon Towhid London, W6 0PH

Time: Saturday 11th Nov 17:00

Contact info: 07872572467

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14 November

Islamophobia in the Name of Women’s Rights

In her presentation Sara Farris will discuss some of the themes laid out in her new book, In the Name of Women’s Rights. The Rise of Femonationalism (Duke, 2017). Farris’ book explores the ways in which feminist ideas are often exploited by anti-Islam and xenophobic campaigns. She coins the term ‘femonationalism’ to describe the practices and claims that, by characterising Muslim men as oppressors and by emphasising the need to rescue Muslim women, these anti-Islam groups use gender equality to justify their prejudice.

Sara R. Farris is a senior lecturer in the sociology department at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is the author of Max Weber’s Theory of Personality. Individuation, Politics and Orientalism in the Sociology of Religion (Brill, 2013) and In the Name of Women’s Rights. The Rise of Femonationalism (Duke 2017).

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: DLT

Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Organiser: Feyzi Ismail

18 November

Our Community, Our Parliament

As part of UK Parliament Week, in partnership with the Houses of Parliament Outreach Team, CBHUK is proud to present an opportunity to discover the UK Parliament. The workshop will include an introduction to Parliament and its work, plus practical advice and tips on taking action.

Time: 2.00 PM – 5.30 PM

Venue: National Zakat Foundation Centre, 41 Fieldgate St, Whitechapel, London E1 1JU

Fee:  Free

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18 – 19 November

The Idea of Iran: The Turko-Timurid Intermezzo

The Idea of Iran annual series symposium convened by Sarah Stewart, SOAS and Charles Melville, University of Cambridge.

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Time: 9:45 AM – 2:00 PM

Fee: £15

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21 November

Body and Spirit in Early Islamic Theology

This paper will offer a broad interpretation and classification of anthropological theories in early systematic theology (that is, late-8th and 9th-century kalam), and will then show how one theory became dominant in classical kalam (roughly in the 10th and 11th centuries). The paper will argue that anthropological theories were, first and foremost, dictated by more fundamental theological doctrines, particularly doctrines concerning the nature of God and general ontology, but also took account of scriptural eschatology.

Venue: ERI 224, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, B15 2TT

Speaker: Dr Ayman Shihadeh (SOAS)

Time: 2.00 PM – 4.00 PM

Admission: Open to all

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23 November

Muslim Societies and Islam

Muslims are among the world’s youngest, poorest, most populous and diverse populations; they live in some of the most fragile states and scarce environments. Islam, in its many forms, provides histories, narratives and frameworks that shape the actions, identities and worldviews of billions of people. However, many of the world’s policy solutions impacting upon Muslims are made in a technocratic vacuum or are overly determined by a fear of terrorism and insecurity. It is clear that deep cultural awareness of these societies is required to find meaningful and sustainable solutions for many global challenges. The workshop will provide a clear platform demonstrating the collective insights and influence of those who study Islam and Muslim societies, and also the intellectual space to generate a strategy for enhanced combined visibility, public engagement and connections across disciplines.

Venue: TBC, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, B15 2TT

Workshop Leaders: Dr Katherine E. Brown and Professor Jorgen Nielsen

Time: 9.30 AM – 4.30 PM

Admission: Free

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24 November – 1 December

The Super Muslim Comedy Tour 2017

Hold on to your hats – the Super Muslims are coming! For the third year running, Penny Appeal is assembling a league of super funny Muslims from both sides of the Atlantic to bring you a night of hilarity.

This laughter-inducing line-up is coming to 8 cities across the country. We’ve got brand new acts such as American comic Mo Amer and the brilliant Guz Khan.  We’re also welcoming back to the stage comedy superheroes Jeff Mirza, Azhar Usman, Omar Hamdi, Tez Ilyas, Ramy Youssef and Abdullah Afzal, with brand new material to get your cheeks chuckling and your sides splitting.

Fee: £10 (Early bird before 12th November: £5)

Venues, Timing & Booking info:

Deadline 3rd December 2017

BRAIS 2018 Call for Papers  

The Fifth Annual Conference of the British Association for Islamic Studies will be held on Monday 9 April – Wednesday 11 April 2018.  (Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS), University of Exeter)

List of topics and submission details:

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