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What & Where 8 January

Combating Terrorism: Lessons from Iraq

Iraq has cleared ISIS from its territory, but many foreign terrorist fighters have returned to their countries including about 400 to the UK. The organisation also has sleeping cells in more than 50 countries in the world. Military defeat by itself is not enough to eliminate the danger these terrorists pose to humanity at large. The decisive battle against them is ideological and the responsibility primarily lies on the Muslims themselves. The speaker will discuss the roots and causes that give rise to radicalism, violence and terrorism including political, economic and social grievances and teaching extremism in the name of religion. Dr Hussain Al-Shahristani Dr. J. Simon Rofe Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS University Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Register on: Eventbrite Contact email: Speaker: Chair:

8 – 1 2 January Persian Calligraphy, Nasta'liq Script By Keramat Fathinia

This ten-week exercise-based Persian calligraphy course is a continuation of a previous course suitable for all levels. It is based on a one-to-one teaching method, so everyone will be given the instructions based on their own level and previous experience. Materials and tools are not included in the course fee, but you will be advised where to get them from. London Middle East Institute, MBI Al Jaber Building, 21 Russell Square Time: 6:30 PM 8:30 PM Fees: £250 plus £10 to £20 for materials and tools. To register: visit the SOAS Online Store. Contact email: Contact Tel: 020 7898 4330/4490 Venue:

1 5 January

Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT) Time: 7:00 PM 8:00 PM Organiser: Rosalind Wade Haddon Contact email: Contact Tel: 07714087480

CALL FOR PAPERS The Islamic College would like to invite abstracts to be submitted for its fourth conference 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.


1 2 January

The Power of Belief: Can religion be separated from politics?

Mahatma Gandhi said: “Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is.' This panel discussion will interrogate this notion, with reference to 40,000 years of religious history, Enlightenment ideals of secular governance, and a forward-facing look at how global politics might evolve to better serve humans' spiritual needs. BBC religious affairs correspondent Martin Bashir. Venue: BP Lecture Theatre, British Museum Time: 6.30 PM - 8.00 PM Fee: £10 - Members/Concessions £8 Chaired by:

More info: 1 3 January Holistic Healing

There have been many advances in medicine in the last decade, and without a doubt more is yet to come. But what is Prophetic medicine and what does it really mean? We take a look back in history and present to you: ‘Holistic Healing’, an alternative view to conventional medicine. It promises to be an unforgettable night of inspirational talks, uplifting spoken word artists and breathtaking recitation of the Holy Qur’an. Join us for an enlightening evening on prophetic medicine, shedding light on the Gaza healthcare crisis and raising money in aid of Palestinian refugees. Venue: The

1 0 January The Hadassah and Daniel Khalili Memorial Lecture in Islamic Art and Culture


Dr Simon Rettig, Assistant Curator of Islamic Art, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

January 2018

Atrium London, 124-126 Cheshire St, London E2 6EJ Time: 5.30 PM - 10.00 PM Fee: £25 - £30 More info:

The Fourth International Conference on Shi‘i Studies 201 8 (5 - 6 May 201 8)

Abstract submission deadline: 15th January 2018 . Deadline for completed papers: 2nd April 2018 Suggested topics: https://www.islamic- Please email abstracts to The history of Islamic piety before Sufism

Christoph Melchert, University of Oxford Organiser: Dr. Ceyda Karamursel Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: WLT Time: 5:00 PM 7:00 PM

From 1 9 January The Gap Between Us

This is the first UK solo exhibition by artist and filmmaker Basma Alsharif, featuring three key works from different periods of the artist’s practice. This exhibition’s central work will be Ouroboros (2017) Alsharif’s first feature length film, screened here in a gallery context for the first time. The Mosaic Rooms, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, London SW5 0SW More info: Venue:

20 January Gangstas’ Paradise

We often talk about how divided our society is. We often talk about unification. The first way to unite our communities is to come together and try to solve the issues plaguing our communities. Join us for an evening of inspiration where a range of topics will be discussed including: struggles of reverts, Tackling Gangs & Violence, Reforming ex –

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Islam today issue 55 january 2018 web ready  

Islam today issue 55 january 2018 web ready