The Alwaleed Centre

Upcoming events

Events hosted by the Alwaleed Centre.

Book Launch: Somali, Muslim, British

Wednesday 10th May 2017, 17:30 - 19:00

Seminar Room 4, Chrystal Macmillan Building

Join us for the launch in Scotland of Somali, Muslim, British: Striving in Securitized Britain by Dr Giulia Liberatore, winner of the LSE Monographs on Social Anthropology/Bloomsbury First Book Prize. With contributions form Professor Nasar Meer (Sociology, University of Edinburgh) and Ayan Mahamoud MBE (Director, Kayd Somali Arts & Culture,   Head of the Somaliland Mission UK). Chaired by Dr Lucy Lowe (Sociology, University of Glasgow).

This event is FREE and no reservation is necessary. Click HERE for the event poster.

A Hidden Order (Free Exhibiton)

Saturday 1st - Sunday 16th April 2017, 11:00 - 18:00 daily.

Summerhall, Edinburgh, 

A Hidden Order reveals the bonds between art and music through geometry and mathematics, bringing to light an unforeseen unity that merges the worlds of traditional Islamic art and Western contemporary composition. This unique, cross-disciplinary exhibition, which includes a collection of artworks and an interactive platform, is the culmination of a long-term collaboration between composer Lee Westwood and geometer Sama Mara.

Part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival. Click HERE for more information.

Annual Conference of the British Association for Islamic Studies

Tuesday 11th - Thursday 13th April 2017

University of Chester

The Alwaleed Centre serves as the Administrative Hub of the British Association for Islamic Studies.

This year's conference will be taking place at the University of Chester and the provisional programme is now available to view HERE.

Captivity, Concubinage, and Consent: Sex and Slavery in Early Islamic Law

Monday 6th March 2017, 17:15 - 18:30

Room G.02, 19 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD.

The first of two lectures by Associate Professor of Religion and Boston University Dr Kecia Ali.

Part of the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies' Research Seimnar Series.

FREE and no reservation necessary. More information HERE.

Sexual Ethics and Islam: Professor Kecia Ali

Wednesday 8th March 2017, 18:00 - 19:30

Lecture Theatre C, David Hume Tower, George Square, Edinburgh.

Professor Kecia Ali is Associate Professor of Religion at Boston University and a leading scholar of law, gender, ethics and biography in Islam. In this very special public lecture, Professor Ali will discuss her hugely influential monograph 'Sexual Ethics and Islam: Feminist Reflections on Qur’an, Hadith, and Jurisprudence' (2006, expanded ed. 2016).

Copies of the book will be available to buy after the event with the opportunity to have your copy signed.

This event is FREE but registration is essential. Please register via Eventbrite by clicking HERE.

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Military Chaplaincy and Religious Diversity: Roundtable Discussion

Wednesday 22nd February 2017, 14:00 - 17:00, followed by refreshments.

Martin Hall, New College, the Mound, Edinburgh.

A discussion addressing religious issues in militaries across the world, taking as a point of departure the recently published book Military Chaplaincy in an Era of Religious Pluralism (OUP, 2017). Jointly organised by the Religious Studies and Theology and Ethics Seminars, the Asian Religions Research Network, the Edinburgh Alwaleed Centre, the Project on Religion and Ethics in the Making of War and Peace, and the Centre for Theology and Public Issues.

Speakers will include Dr Torkel Brekke (PRIO, Oslo); Imam Asim Hafiz (Muslim Chaplain to the UK Forces); Professor Jonathan Spencer (Edinburgh); Dr George Wilkes (Edinburgh); and Dr Gorazd Andrejc (Cambridge).

This event is FREE and no reservation is necessary. Just come along on the day.

An Insider's View of Al Jazeera

Friday 24th February 2017, 14:00 - 15:30

Room G.02, 19 George Square

From January 2011 - February 2016, Osama Saeed Bhutta was Head of Communications at Doha-based broadcaster Al Jazeera. In this special seminar, Osama will reflect on his time with the famous broadcaster which coincided with a period of historic unrest across the Arab world.

Glasgow-born Osama is currenty Communications Directorfor Amnesty International.

This event is FREE and no reservation is necessary. Click HERE to see the event poster.

A Taste of Scottish Islam 2

Sunday 22nd January 2017, 14:00 - 17:00

The University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy, Bristo Square, EH8 9AL.

For the second year running, the Alwaleed Centre at the University of Edinburgh is hosting a specialFood Fair designed to celebrate the diverse culinary cultures of the Islamic world which have found a home here in Scotland. This free event will be an opportunity to explore and celebrate differences, appreciate similarities, and enjoy some delicious home-cooked food! To compliment the food, there will be live music from Samba Sene and Diwan and henna painting to enjoy. 

Do you have a favourite dish which reflects your cultural heritage? We're looking for volunteers to cook dishes and bring them along to share. We have grants available to buy all the ingredients you need. If you would like to bring a dish, please get in touch on: thealwaleedcentre@ed.ac.uk.

This event is FREE but reservation is essential. To book your FREE ticket via Eventbrite, click HERE.

Muslims in Scotland: New Insights

Tuesday 24th January 2017, 18:00 - 20:00

The Robert Burns Room, Scottish Parliament.

The Equality and Human Rights Committee and the Alwaleed Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World at the University of Edinburgh invite to you to a special event showcasing new research on Muslim communities in Scotland.

“Muslims in Scotland: New Insights” will bring together three leading scholars to discuss their recent research and publications exploring the history, politics and demographics of Scotland’s increasingly diverse Muslim population.

The event will be chaired by Christina McKelvie MSP with contributions from:

Dr Khadijah Elshayyal (University of Edinburgh): “Scottish Muslims in Numbers: Understanding Scotland’s Muslim population through the 2011 Census”.

Dr Stefano Bonino (University of Birmingham):“Muslims in Scotland: the making of community in a post-9/11 world”.

Professor Nasar Meer (University of Strathclyde): “Scotland and plural identities”.

There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion, with the formal event followed by a non-alcoholic drinks reception with canapés.

Places are very limited. To reserve your place please contact the Alwaleed Centre on: thealwaleedcentre@ed.ac.uk.

 

Scottish Muslims in Numbers: Report Launch

Tuesday 29th November, 17.30-19.00

The Project Room, 50 George Square, EH8 9JU.

All are welcome to the launch of Dr Khadijah Elshayyal's much-anticipated report 'Scottish Muslims in Numbers: Understanding Scotland’s Muslims through the 2011 Census’.

This ground-breaking new research report offers a timely analysis of some of the unique demographic trends of Scotland’s increasingly diverse Muslim communities - trends which have important societal and policy implications for Scotland. We are also delighted to be welcoming Anas Sarwar MSP who will offer his reflections on the report. Attendees will receive a hard copy of the report and the event will be followed by a non-alcoholic drinks reception. Tickets are free but reservation is essential via Eventbrite. Click HERE to reserve your ticket.

For further information and to download the report, click HERE.

Breaking Barriers: Does our faith have a monopoly on truth?

Sunday 20th November, 14:00 - 17:00

Annandale Street Mosque, Edinburgh, EH7 4AZ.

Join us for the latest installment of our popular series of 'Breaking Barriers' Scriptural Reasoning sessions which bring together Jews, Christians and Muslims in Scoltand to learn more about each others' beliefs and practices through shared study of scripture. In this special Interfaith Week session we ask what our scriptures have to say about the truth-claims of other religious traditions.

This event is free but registration through Eventbrite is essential. Click HERE to register.

If you have any questions contact: tom.lea@ed.ac.uk. 

Fearmongering, Faith and the Responsibility of the Media

Tuesday 15th November, 17.30-19.00

The University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy, Bristo Square, EH8 9AL.

As part of the Edinburgh Interfaith Week, the Chaplaincy will be delighted to welcome Mr Aaqil Ahmed who will deliver this key note lecture. Mr Ahmed is currently the Head of Religion & Ethics and Commissioning Editor of Religion at British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and this key note lecture will explore the responsibility that the media has when it comes to covering religious matters.  It will also consider the potential impact of the media on communities.  There will be a short question and answer session with a panel following the lecture. This lecture is FREE nd no reservation is necessary. More information HERE.

Film Screening: Mediterranea (Jonas Carpignano)

Friday 21st October, 18:00 - 20:00

The Screening Room, 50 George Square, Edinburgh.

The Alwaleed Centre, in partnership with the Just FestivalLUX Prize and the European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh, present a special screening in Edinburgh of Mediterranea, Directed by Jonas Carpignano. This Lux Prize nominated film explores the perils and struggles of refugees from Burkino Fasso who desperately decide to make dangerous journeys for a better life, only to face hostility and violence in the countries in which they settle. This screening is FREE but we do as that you register HERE.

Cleansing the Nation from the “Dogs of Hell”: Contextualising Islamic scholars' support for the Egyptian coup and its bloody aftermath

Wednesday 12th October, 13:00 - 14:00

Seminar Room 2, Chrystal Macmillan Building, George Square, Edinburgh

During the summer of 2016, the Alwaleed Centre welcomed David Warren as its new Postdoctoral Fellow in Islamic Studies. Join us for David's first public lecture in his new role at the centre.

Lecture abstract: The enthusiasm shown by leading members of the Muslim scholarly establishment (theʿulamāʾ) for the 3 July 2013 coup in Egypt and its bloody aftermath was a source of horror for many. One of the most prominent and visible scholars supporting the coup was the former Grand Mufti, ʿAli Jumʿa. Over the course of July and August 2013 Jumʿa was a common sight on Egyptian television, and also gave speeches to the Egyptian army. It was in these interviews that he appeared to use Islamic legal concepts to legitimate the coup and the killing of anti-coup demonstrators. Consequently, the prevailing academic explanation for Jumʿa and his colleagues’ support for the counter-revolution has been to highlight historical precedents in classical Islamic political thought when the scholarly establishment similarly endorsed usurpers seizing power by force. However, in this lecture I argue against this prevailing assumption, and instead contend that Jumʿa’s support for the coup is rooted in modern nationalism and modern bureaucratic logic, rather than classical Islamic political thought. This event is free and no reservation is necessary. Just come along on the day.

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Is Torture Allowed in the Shari'a or Not?

Monday 3rd October, 17:15 - 18:45

The Project Room, 50 George Square, Edinburgh

The second of Professor Jonathan Brown's Edinburgh lectures focusing on questions relating to Islamic Law. This paper forms part of the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Research Seminar Series 2016/17. This event is not ticketed and seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Jonathan A. C. Brown: How Intolerant is Islamic Law?

Friday 30th September 2016, 18:15 - 19:45

Lecture Theatre G.03, 50 George Square, Edinburgh

Join us for the first public lecture in Scotland by renowned scholar and Director of the Alwaleed Centre for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, Dr Jonathan A. C. Brown.

Dr Brown is author of the acclaimed monographs Hadith: Muhammad's Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World (2009) and Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenge and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet's Legacy (2014). His 2011 publication Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction has provided audiences throughout the English-speaking world with a highly accessible and engaging introduction to the life and legacy of the Prophet Muhammad.

In this special public lecture, Dr Brown will turn his attention to the often-discussed but very often misunderstood subject of Islamc Law (Shari'a). How intolerant is the Shari'a? Join us to find out.

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Kader Abdolah - The Life of Muhammad

Monday 29th August 2016, 17:45 - 18:45

Garden Theatre, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh

Having fled Iran to escape the Ayatollah and Islamic fundamentalism, novelist Kader Abdolah settled in the Netherlands. From that safe distance he began enquiring into the true meanings of the Qur'an, and is now an acclaimed author. In The Messenger: A Tale Retold, he portrays the Prophet Muhammad and his followers in distinctly human ways, thus underlining Abdolah's main desire: to build bridges between east and west.

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Let Extremists Speak?

Monday 22 August 2016, 15:00 - 16:00

The Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

In the name of safeguarding and security, British counter-terrorism legislation is becoming increasingly restrictive of expression that is deemed to support ‘non-violent extremism’. This restriction of expression seems counter-intuitive to some of our most cherished British liberal values. Researcher Khadijah Elshayyal asks: Can we justify the restriction of free speech and talk about promoting ‘British values’ at the same time? Is restrictive legislation the best approach to tackling the threat of radicalisation in our communities? And, come to that, when did ‘radical’ become such a dirty word? Khadijah Elshayyal is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Alwaleed Centre, University of Edinburgh.

Part of the Caberet of Dangerous Ideas and organised by the Beltane Public Engagement Network

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The Dream of Shahrazad - Film Screening

Thursday 30th June 2016, 18:30 - 21:30 (FREE)

Screening Room at 50 George Square

Join us for a free screening of the beautiful film "The Dream of Shahrazad". This unique music-led film looks at recent political events in Egypt, Turkey and Lebanon through the lens of the famous story collection known as 'One Thousand and One Nights'. The screening is free and no reservation is necessary. Organised in partnership with Africa in Motion Film Festival and the Edinburgh Just Festival.

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Breaking Barriers Scriptural Reasoning: 'The haves, and the have-nots'

Saturday 28th May 2016, 15:00 - 17:00

The Columcille Centre, Newbattle Terrace, Edinburgh

Born in 2012 through a partnership between the alwaleed Centre and the Church of Scotland, Breaking Barriers is an inter-faith initiative which aims to bring Christians, Jews and Muslims together in Edinburgh to discuss important topical issues in the light of scripture. This process is known as 'Scriptural Reasoning' and more information is available here: www.scripturalreasoning.org/ 

In this special meeting hosted by the Edinburgh Liberal Jewish Community, we will be discussing what the the Hebrew Scriptures, the New Testament and the Qur’an teach about "the haves and the have nots". We hope this will lead to some fruitful discussion about questions of equality and inequality in local, national and international contexts.

The session will begin with brief reflections from faith leaders, followed by facilitated group discussion focussed on short passages of scripture. Light refreshments will be provided.

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Build an Astrolabe at the Edinburgh International Science Festival

Friday 1st April and Saturday 2nd April 2016

National Museum of Scotland and Summerhall, Edinburgh

The Alwaleed Centre is delighted to be partnering with the Edinburgh International Science Festival to offer festival-goers the chance to learn more about the Islamic contribution to the development of the astrolabe before building an astrolabe themselves.

This workshop will be available for adults on Friday 1st April as part of the Big Bang Bash at the National Museum of Scotland. It will then be offered again for children and families at the Science Festival's Space Day at Summerhall. 

What it Means to be a Critical Muslim - Ziauddin Sardar

Tuesday 12th April 2016, 18:00 - 19:30

Senate House, University of London

The closing plenary of this year’s Annual Conference of the British Associaiton for Islamic Studies will delivered by Ziauddin Sardar, editor of Critical Muslim and celebrated author and commentator. This event is free and but registration is necessary. Click on the link below for more information and to reserve your free ticket.

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British Association for Islamic Studies Annual Conference

Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th April 2016

Senate House, University of London

The Alwaleed Centre is the administrative hub for the British Association for Islamic Studies. The centre plays a key role in the organisation of BRAIS's Annual Conference which will be taking place on the 11th and 12th of April 2016.

For more infomration about BRAIS in general and the conference in particular, please visit the association's website: www.brais.ac.uk

Religion and Conflict in the Middle East: Interfaith Reflections on ISIS, the Shia-Sunni Divide, and the Refugee Crisis

Saturday 9th April 2016, 19:00 - 20:30

Annandale Street Mosque, Edinburgh

Alwaleed Centre Interim Director Thomas Pierret and Alwaleed Centre PhD candidate Aurangzeb Haneef will be joining a multi-faith panel to disucss some of the most pressing question in the Middle East today. This event is free and no reservation is necessary. For more information contact the alwaleed Centre: thealwaleedcentre@ed.ac.uk.

Calligraphy Masterclass with Ismail Hussayn

Saturday 27th February 2016, 14:00 - 18:00 - £20 (students £15)

50 George Square (Room G.06), Edinburgh, EH8 9JU

A unique half-day calligraphy workshop led by calligraphy superstar Ismail Hussayn.

Learn the principles of this celebrated art-form, as well as the Arabic alphabet, before moving on to write your own name in beautiful Arabic calligraphy.

Ismail Hussayn has made it his mission to inspire through the traditional art-form of Islamic Arabic calligraphy. He has toured the UK, performing his act live in some of Britain's biggest venues including the Emirates Stadium and Regents Park Mosque. He is the Co-Founder of 'House ofCalligraphy': www.houseofcalligraphy.co.uk.

£20 (students £15)

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The Rise of Muslim Consciousness: Discussion with Nasar Meer

Wednesday 24th February 2016, 17:30 - 19:00

19 George Square (Room G.02), Edinburgh, EH8 9LD

Muslim identities, and their interaction with nation-state governance, have become key topics in research and policy agendas across Europe. In this event marking the second edition of Citizenship, Identity and the Politics of Multiculturalism: The Rise of Muslim Consciousness, Dr Nasar Meer will argue that in order to understand the expression of Muslim identities in Britain, it is necessary to grasp the forms of ‘consciousness’ that inform and shape them. Tracing this consciousness through case studies of Muslim mobilizations in education and over discrimination legislation and media representation, as well as the local impact of global concerns, a more balanced and positive picture emerges. Nasar Meer is a Reader in Comparative Social Policy and Citizenship, and Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Fellow (2014–2019) at Strathclyde University. His publications include: Interculturalism andmulticulturalism: Debating the dividing lines (co-edited, EUP, 2016), Racialization and religion (edited, Routledge, 2014), Race and ethnicity (Sage, 2014) and European multiculturalism(s): Religious, cultural andethnic challenges (co-edited, EUP, 2012). For more information visit: www.nasarmeer.com.

Chaired by Dr Khadijah Elshayyal, Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Muslimsin Britain) at the Alwaleed Centre, University of Edinburgh, whose PhD examined the development of British Muslim identity politics from1960-2010.

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A Taste of Scottish Islam

Sunday 24th January, 15:00 - 18:00

Nicolson Square Methodist Church, Edinburgh

Scotland is home to around 78,000 Muslims, many of whom draw their heritage from the diverse cultures and traditions of the Muslim world. From Turkey to Indonesia, Muslim communities reflect local customs and traditions just as cuisine reflects local ingredients and tastes.

As part of the Year of Food & Drink Scotland, the Alwaleed Centre at the University of Edinburgh is hosting a special food fair reflecting and celebrating the different cultures of the Muslim world which have found a home here in Scotland.

‘A Taste of Scottish Islam’ will be a chance to explore and celebrate differences, appreciate similarities and enjoy some delicious food. To complement the food, there will also be music from acclaimed group Duo Hyperborea who will play traditional music from across the Islamic world.

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Dr Timothy Peace Double Book Launch

Monday 23rd November 2015, 18:30 - 19:30

Blackwell's Bookshop, EH1 1YS

Blackwell’s Bookshop, Palgrave Publishing, Routledge and the Alwaleed Centre invite you to celebrate two new books by eminent authorTimothy Peace.

European Social Movements and Muslim Activism uses the example of the alter-globalisation movement to explain why social movement leaders in Britain and France reacted so differently to the emergence of Muslim activism.

Muslims and Political Participation in Britain showcases the latest research into Muslim political participation both in terms of electoral politics and civil society initiatives.

Timothy Peace is a Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the University of Stirling. He completed his PhD at the European University Institute (EUI) and has previously worked at theUniversity of Edinburgh’s Alwaleed Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World and the University of Padova as a Marie Curie Fellow.

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The Crisis of Islamic Masculinities

Tuesday 3 November 2015, 17:30 - 19:00 (followed by a reception)

19 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD

Join us for the launch in Scotland of Dr Amanullah De Sondy’sacclaimed monograph, The Crisis of Islamic Masculinities,published by Bloomsbury.Dr De Sondy will speak about his work and there will also betime for questions, comments and discussion.

This event is free and no booking is necessary. Seats are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information please contact Lilly Kenkins: lilly.jenkins@ed.ac.uk.  

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Haji Noor Deen: The Art of Calligraphy

Saturday 15 August 2015, 12.15pm - 1.15pm

Charlotte Square Edinburgh

Chinese-Muslim calligrapher Haji Noor Deen is one of the greatest living masters of Islamic calligraphy. Fusing Chinese and Arabic styles to produce breathtaking masterpieces, his work is collected across the world and can be seen at the National Museum of Scotland. Today, Noor Deen renders ayahs (verses) from one of the world’s most influential books, The Qur’an, into works of beautiful calligraphy. In Arabic with English translation. Part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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Haji Noor Deen: The Art of Calligraphy

Saturday 15 August 2015, 12.15pm - 1.15pm

Charlotte Square Edinburgh

Chinese-Muslim calligrapher Haji Noor Deen is one of the greatest living masters of Islamic calligraphy. Fusing Chinese and Arabic styles to produce breathtaking masterpieces, his work is collected across the world and can be seen at the National Museum of Scotland. Today, Noor Deen renders ayahs (verses) from one of the world’s most influential books, The Qur’an, into works of beautiful calligraphy. In Arabic with English translation. Part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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Islam and ISIS: How did the "religion of peace" come to be a tool for terror?

Saturday 15 August 2015, 4.30pm -6.00pm

Edinburgh Central Mosque, Potterow

The first of two special talks by Alwaleed Centre PhD candidate Yahya Barry delivered as part of Edinburgh Central Mosque's Islam Festival. Free of charge and no reservation necessary.

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The spiritual message of the Qur'an

Sunday 16 August 2015, 4.30pm - 6.00pm

Edinburgh Central Mosque, Potterow

The second of two special talks by Alwaleed Centre PhD candidate Yahya Barry delivered as part of Edinburgh Central Mosque's Islam Festival. Free of charge and no reservation necessary.

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The 'Surah of Light': Haji Noor Deen

Sunday 16 August 2015, 6.30pm - 8.00pm

19 George Square, Edinburgh

Chinese-Muslim calligrapher Haji Noor Deen, one of the world's great masters of Islamic calligraphy, combines Chinese and Arabic calligraphic styles. Haji Noor Deen will render a famous ayah (verse) from the Qur'an's 'Surat al Nur' ('Chapter of Light') into beautiful Arabic calligraphy whilst reflecting on what the verse means to him as a Muslim.

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Ziauddin Sardar: The Future of Mecca

Tuesday 18 August 2015, 2.15pm - 3.15pm

Edinburgh International Book Festival, Charlotte Square

Born in Pakistan and raised in Hackney, Ziauddin Sardar is one of the most respected experts on Islam and is utterly fascinated by Mecca. Sardar has retraced its history from a barren valley in the desert to becoming arguably the most significant city in the world today. But what does the future hold for a location which contains immense meaning both to the Middle East and the West? Sponsored by the Alwaleed Centre and part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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Haji Noor Deen: Calligraphy Master

Wednesday 19 August 2015, 4.00pm - 6.00pm

Edinburgh Central Mosque

Edinburgh Central Mosque invites you to an evening with one of the greatest living calligraphy masters, Haji Noor Deen. Fusing Arabic and Chinese styles, Noor Deen’s work is collected across the world, and can even be viewed at the National Museum of Scotland. Come and hear Noor Deen discuss the principles of his art and watch as he renders Arabic script into inspiring works of calligraphy in front of your eyes. In Arabic with English translation. Part of the Edinburgh Islam Festival. Tickets available on the door.

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Professor Hugh Goddard: Building Stronger Communities

Tuesday 2 June 2015, 7.30pm - 9.30pm

St Andrew’s & St George’s West Church, 13 George Street

In this new series of talks, three noted speakers will explore the issues of building stronger communities from interfaith, academic, economic and practical perspectives. Hugh Goddard is Director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World and the author of several books, including Christians and Muslims: From Double Standards to Mutual Understanding. Part of the St Andrew’s & St George’s West Summer Lecture Series.

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Science Brings Us Together

Tuesday 7 April 2015, 5.30pm - 7.00pm

National Museum of Scotland

While there is much in the world that can divide people, science is a common language that can unify them. This informative, invigorating and inspiring panel discussion will examine ways in which diplomatic science can build bridges between disparate communities, help resolve conflict and foster international collaboration and development. Featuring journalist Priya Shetty, who specialises in health and humanitarian issues in developing countries and Prof Yasser Khalil from SESAME, a synchrotron facility in Jordan that encourages a culture of peace through international cooperation in science. Chaired by Ewan Aitken of the Cyrenians.

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Conversion and Social Change in Early Islamic Iran’: Professor Richard W. Bulliet

Wednesday 18 March 2015, 6.30pm - 8.00pm

19 George Square, Room G2

RICHARD W. BULLIET is Professor of Middle Eastern History at Columbia University where he also directed the Middle East Institute of the School of International and Public Affairs for twelve years. He came to Columbia in 1976 after undergraduate and graduate work at Harvard and eight years as a faculty member at Harvard and Berkeley, and he will retire from teaching in two months time. He is a specialist on Iran and the social history of the Islamic Middle East. His most recent scholarly work before a soon-to-be-published book on the history of technology entitled The Wheel: Inventions and Reinventions, was Cotton, Climate, and Camels in Early Islamic Iran: A Moment in World History (2009). His earlier books include Hunters, Herders, and Hamburgers (2005), The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization (2004), Islam: The View from the Edge (1994), Conversion to Islam in the Medieval Period (1979), The Camel and the Wheel (1975), and The Patricians of Nishapur (1972). He has also written six novels, most recently The One-Donkey Solution (2011) and Chakra (2014). This event is free and no booking is necessary.

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Muslims in Europe: Between Fact and Fiction

Tuesday 17 March 2015, 8.30pm - 10.00pm

Danish Cultural Institute, 3 Doune Terrace, Edinburgh, EH3 6DY

A special evening talk by Professor Jorgen Nielsen (University of Copenhagen) who is recognised as one of the leading experts on Islam in Europe. This event is by invitation only. Please contact tom.lea@ed.ac.uk if you are interested in attending.

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'Wadjda' film screening

Tuesday 6 January 2015

Pleasance Theatre, 60 The Pleasance, Edinburgh

To celebrate Islam Awareness Week 2015, the Alwaleed Centre has teamed up with the University of Edinburgh's Film Society to organise a special screening of critically-acclaimed film Wajda. Directed by Haifaa al-Mansour, Wajda was the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and tells the story of a young girl, Wajda, who enters a Qur'an reciting competition in order to win the money necessary to buy herself a bike. This screening is FREE and will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. Further details to follow.

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Patriarchy and the Rights of Women in the Arab World: Dr Nawal El-Saadawi

Thursday 12 March 2015, 7.30pm - 9.00pm

Appleton Tower Lecture Theatre 5

Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, CASAW and the Alwaleed Centre are pleased to announce that Egyptian writer, feminist and activist, Dr Nawal al-Saadawi, will be speaking on 'Patriarchy and the Rights of Women in the Arab World'. at the University of Edinburgh at 6:30pm on Thursday, 12 March in Appleton Tower, Lecture Theatre 5. This event is free but ticketed.

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Tina Gharavi: Screening of 'Last of the Dictionary Men' and Q&A

Thursday 5 March 2015, 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Project Room, 50 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9JU

Tina Gharavi is a BAFTA-nominated filmmaker and screenwriter of Iranian heritage whose films and documentaries have examined her own experiences travelling from her adopted hometown of Newcastle to Tehran in Mother/Country (2001), recording the history of Yemeni migration to the North-Eastern English town of South Shields in Last of the Dictionary Men (2008) and documenting the lasting impact of American boxer Muhammad Ali’s extraordinary visit to the Muslim communities in South Shields for her 2008 film, The King of South Shields. Her first full length fiction film I Am Nasrine (2012) traced the arrival of two Iranian asylum seekers to Newcastle and gained Gharavi her first BAFTA nomination for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer. Refreshments will be available after the talk. Part of the 'Representing Muslims in Scotland and the North-East' seminar series.

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Breaking Barriers: Scriptural Reasoning

Sunday 22 February 2015

19 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD

Another chance for young Christians and Muslims to get together in a respectful and supportive environment to discuss scripture and belief. Organised in partnership with the Edinburgh Inter-Faith Association. Please contact Tom Lea if you are interested in finding out more: tom.lea@ed.ac.uk.

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Iyad Hayatleh: Poetry Reading and Q&A

Tuesday 17 February 2015, 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Project Room, 50 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9JU

Glasgow-based Iyad Hayatleh is a Palestinian poet and translator who moved to Scotland from Syria in 2000. His first collection of poems, Beyond All Measure, was published in 2007 and since then he has collaborated with the Scottish poet Tessa Ranford on a two-way translation project for a book, Rug of a Thousand Colours, with poems inspired by the Five Pillars of Islam. Refreshments will be available after the talk. Part of the 'Representing Muslims in Scotland and the North-East' seminar series.

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Persian Chic: Contemporary Iranian Fashion

Saturday 7 February 2015, 4.00pm - 5.00pm

National Museum of Scotland Auditorium

This special panel discussion will provide an opportunity to hear about the sources of inspiration behind some of the beautiful pieces featured in the Iranian Festival Fashion Show. In addition, academics working on different aspects of Iranian culture will discuss the concept of fashion in contemporary Iranian society, including the influence of pre-Islamic and Islamic culture on dress making in Iran. There will also be plenty of time for questions from the audience. Panelists include: Dr Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones (School of History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh, Dr Nacim Pak-Shiraz (Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, University of Edinburgh), Dr Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood (Director of the Textile Research Centre in Leiden) and Dr Friederike Voigt (Senior Curator from National Museums Scotland). Admission is FREE.

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Leila Aboulela: Reading and Q&A

Tuesday 3 February 2015, 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Project Room, 50 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9JU

Born and raised in Sudan, Leila Aboulela is an award-winning writer who now lives in Aberdeen from where she has penned three renowned novels, The Translator (1999), Minaret (2005) and Lyrics Alley (2011), as well as a collection of short stories, Coloured Lights (2001), and a BBC Radio 4 commissioned play, The Insider (2013). Much of this output has examined the ways that religious faith, gender and class are ‘translated’ between cultures in trademark elegant and understated prose. Leila has said of her work: ‘I want to show the psychology, the state of mind and the emotions of a person who has faith. I am interested in going deep, not just looking at ‘Muslim’ as a cultural or political identity but something close to the centre, something that transcends but doesn’t deny gender, nationality, class and race.’ Refreshments will be available after the talk. Part of the 'Representing Muslims in Scotland and the North-East' seminar series.

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Muslim Literary Representations of Britain: 1780 - present (Dr Claire Chambers)

Tuesday 20 January 2015, 8.15pm - 9.45pm

Project Room, 50 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9JU

Claire Chambers is a lecturer at the University of York and an expert in contemporary South Asian literature written in English and in literary representations of British Muslims. Her book British Muslim Fictions: Interviews with Contemporary Writers was published in 2011. This year Claire published, with Caroline Herbert, Imagining Muslims in South Asia and the Diaspora: Secularism, Religion, Representations. She is currently completing her second book, Representations of Muslims in Britain, a monograph tracing the development of artistic depictions of UK-based Muslims from the eighteenth century to the present day. This lecture is in conjunction with the English Literature Department, who are kindly providing wine after the talk. Part of the 'Representing Muslims in Scotland and the North-East' seminar series.

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Global Threats and Global Prospects: Faith Reflections for World Peace

Friday 5 December 2014, 8.15pm - 10.15pm

Annandale Street Mosque, Edinburgh

In this Christian-Muslim interfaith event, three speakers will share their thoughts on the role of religion in peace and conflict. Featuring Aurangzeb Haneef (MTS, Harvard and PhD candidate in Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, The Alwaleed Centre, University of Edinburgh) who will speak on “Islam and Peacebuilding in the Modern World”. Also featuring Ms. A. Andreangeli (Pax Christi-Roman Catholic) : “Role of the Vatican in Peace-Making in the Middle East” and Rev. Brian Cooper (UfP Churches & Inter-Faith Secretary): “World Peace - Can Faiths Make a Positive Contribution?”. This event is free of charge and will be followed by a reception.

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The Romantic Dimension of the Jihadist Movement

Friday 21 November 2014, 4.00pm - 6.00pm

Room G2, 19 George Square, EH8 9LD

A special seminar delivered by renowned Moroccan scholar Professor Mohamed Tozy exploring the more emotional elements of the jihadist movement. Chaired and translated by Dr Thomas Pierret, Lecturer in Contemporary Islam at the University of Edinburgh. Prof Tozy is the director of the School of Governance and Economy (EGE) at Université Mohammed VI in Rabat. Morocco's most renowned political scientist, Tozy was a member of the Consultative Committee on Constitutional Reform in 2011. His numerous publications on Islamism include the seminal Monarchy and Political Islam in Morocco (1999, in French).

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Telling stories: Collecting Contemporary Middle Eastern Art at the British Museum

Thursday 27 November 2014, 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Edinburgh College of Art, Lauriston Place

Venetia Porter is Curator of Islamic and Modern Middle East Art at the British Museum. She curated the British Museum exhibitions ‘Word into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East’ (2006) and ‘Hajj: Journey to the heart of Islam’ (2012). In this lecture, Venetia will explore the process by which contemporary art from the Middle East is both acquired and displayed at the British Museum. This event is FREE but ticketed. Click on the link below to book your FREE ticket.

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Representing British Muslims in the noughties and beyond: Challenges, contentions and the future (Khadijah Elshayyal)

Wednesday 19 November 2014, 2.00pm - 3.00pm

Seminar Room 1, Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15a George Square, EH8 9LD

The formalised representation of Britain’s Muslims to the government and other official channels reached a landmark in the late 1990s, with the establishment and public recognition of the Muslim Council of Britain. Since then, the questions of whether there is a need for such representation of Muslims, who should do it, how, and to what end, have been constant topics of debate. This seminar will look at how British Muslim representation has fared over the past two decades, and provide some perspectives on these debates, taking into account important factors such as the impact of securitisation in the wake of international and domestic events, multiculturalism policy, and developments within British Muslim communities themselves. Dr Khadijah Elshayyal joined the Alwaleed Centre in October 2014 as the centre's Postdoctoral Fellow on Muslims in Britain.

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The Transfer of Science and Philosophy across Religious Boundaries in the Middle Ages

Friday 14 November 2014, 7.00pm - 9.00pm

King Khalid Building (Hill Square), Royal College of Surgeons

Professor Charles Burnett of the Warburg Institute, University of London, is one of the world's leading scholars working on the history of science in the Islamic World. In this special lecture, delivered in the stunning surroundings of the Royal College of Surgeons' King Khalid Building, Prof Burnett will explore what happens when a scientific or philosophical work is translated from one religious culture to another, specifically from pagan Greek to Islamic Arabic and from Islamic Arabic to Christian Latin. This event is FREE but ticketed. Click on the link below to book your FREE ticket.

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Celebrating the 700th Anniversary of the Rashid al-Din's 'World History'

Friday 24 October 2014, 6.00pm - 9.00pm

National Gallery of Scotland, the Mound, Edinburgh

The Jami‘ al-Tawarikh (“World History” or “Compendium of Chronicles”) of Rashid al-Din is one of the great masterpieces of medieval Islamic manuscripts. The 1314 Arabic copy of the Jami‘ al-Tawarikh currently featuring in a unique exhibition at the University of Edinburgh's main Library represents a history of the world as it was then known and offers a fascinating insight into the multi-cultural, multi-religious society of the Islamic Iranian world under the Mongols. This special event brings together the world's two leading experts on Rashid al-Din's World History, Professor Sheila Blair and Professor Robert Hillenbrand. Tickets will be available from the middle of September 2014. Follow the link for more information.

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God and Jesus in Christian and Muslim perspectives

Tuesday 21 October 2014, 1.00pm - 2.00pm

University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy, 5 Bristo Square

A discussion between Prof. Miroslav Volf (Yale Divinity School) and Prof. Mona Siddiqui (University of Edinburgh) on their books 'Allah: a Christian response', and 'Christians, Muslims, and Jesus’. There can hardly be a more fundamental question for Christians and Muslims than whether or not they believe in the same God. And what about Jesus: both Christians and Muslims have a profound respect for Jesus, but they appear to have radically different views of his status. Over the centuries there has been much antagonism and polemic about these questions, but in recent decades a much more positive dialogue has begun about them, and in this session two of the major contributors to this dialogue discuss their recent publications devoted to these topics. Chaired by Prof Hugh Goddard, the Alwaleed Centre, University of Edinburgh. This event is FREE and no reservation is necessary; just come along on the day!

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Rug of a Thousand Colours: Poems Inspired by the five Pillars of Islam

Sunday 24 August 2014, 2.00pm - 3.00pm

19 George Square, EH8 9LD

A reading in English and Arabic by poets Tessa Ransford and Iyad Hayatleh from their collaborative project 'Rug of a Thousand Colours' - inspired by the Five Pillars of Islam. As each poet translates the other, unpredictable but revealing symmetries emerge. Part of the Just Festival and organised by the Alwaleed Centre. This event is FREE but ticketed.

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The Mirror of the Word: Spirituality in Islamic Calligraphy (FREE)

Saturday 23 August 2014, 2.00pm - 3.00pm

19 George Square, EH8 9LD

A visual journey into the world of Islamic calligraphy and spirituality, focussing on the contemporary Turkish calligraphic tradition in Istanbul. Led by Francesco Stermotich-Cappellari, PhD researcher at the Alwaleed Centre, University of Edinburgh. Turkish tea and baklava will be provided. Part of the Just Festival Edinburgh and organised by the Alwaleed Centre. This event is FREE but ticketed.

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A Brush With God

Friday 22 August 2014, 6.00pm - 7.30pm

St John's Church, Princes Street

Prayer is considered by some to be the art of communicating with God. Can the arts convey religious messages and allow for building dialogue between God and ourselves? Scotland-based religious artists and experts will share their spiritual experiences of speaking and listening to God through art, icons and calligraphy. Featuring Alwaleed Centre PhD student Francesco Stermotich-Cappellari.

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One Scotland, Many Cultures: Celebrating Difference (£5 - limited number of complimentary tickets available)

Wednesday 20 August 2014, 6.00pm - 7.30pm

Just Festival, the Hall at St John's Church, Princes Street

We explore the Church of Scotland’s report ‘One Scotland, Many Cultures’ and the ‘Cultural Heritage Project’ addressing first-generation immigrants to Scotland. We ask our panel members to consider how migration, hospitality and celebrating difference require a continued willingness, from host and immigrant communities, to be counter-cultural and embrace the possibility of transformation. Chaired by Professor Alison Phipps, Glasgow University, and featuring Doris Pesche (General Secretary, CCME), Omar Sheikh (The Colourful Heritage Project, Alwaleed Centre) and Sally Foster-Fulton (Church and Society Council Intercultural Studies, Creativity Culture and Faith). Part of the Just Festival Edinburgh, organised in partnership with the Church of Scotland and the Alwaleed Centre. LIMITED NUMBER OF FREE TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR THIS EVENT. Contact tom.lea@ed.ac.uk to request your free ticket by midday on Wednesday 20th August.

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Baghdad: From Ancient Capital to War Zone (£10/£8)

Friday 15 August 2014, 4.00pm - 5.00pm

Edinburgh International Book Festival, St Andrew's Square, Edinburgh

Baghdad may be one of the most strife-filled cities on the planet, but this was not always the case. The Iraqi capital is now known for sectarianism and misrule, but it was once one of the greatest cities on earth. An authoritative commentator on the Muslim world and author of Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood, Justin Marozzi interrogates how it slid into violence. Chaired by James Mayhew. Part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival and sponsored by the Alwaleed Centre.

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1001 Arabian Nights with James Mayhew (£4.50)

Thursday 14 August 2014, 4.00pm - 5.00pm

Edinburgh International Book Festival, St Andrew's Square, Edinburgh

Come and discover the mysterious tales of the Arabian Nights, stories originally compiled in Arabic during the time of the Islamic Golden Age. Our Illustrator in Residence, James Mayhew, takes you on an unforgettable journey as he recounts some of the 1001 tales, drawing as he goes to the evocative sound of Scheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov. A children and families event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, sponsored by the Alwaleed Centre.

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The Qur'an as a Text of Late Antiquity: Professor Angelika Neuwirth

Wednesday 30 April 2014, 5.30pm - 7.00pm

19 George Square, Edinburgh

To position Jewish and Christian texts and theQur'an in a shared framework - 'Late Antiquity' -on first sight seems provocative. Late Antiquity,however, is not to be taken to denote a historicalperiod, but rather a space of debate, wherepagans, syncretists, Jews and Christians wereapproaching the diverse 'antiquities' - paganphilosophical as well as Biblical traditions - bymeans of innovative exegetical re-readings. Already 'acknowledged texts' were reconsidered under fresh theological premises, by drawing on rhetorical devices current in Hellenistic culture, andby over-writing existing 'established exegesis' (Halakhic and Aggadic traditions of Judaism as well as the writings of the early Church fathers). Viewed as such the Qur'an emerged as a response to the debates prevalent of Late Antiquity,finally claiming its own place in the midst of the already existing Jewish and Christian traditions.Angelika Neuwirth is Senior-Professor of Arabic Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin and director of the Corpus Coranicum research project at theBerlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

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Cosmologies, Fath and the Environmental Crisis

Saturday 19 April 2014, 8.00pm - 9.30pm

National Museum of Scotland

How do different cosmologies affect the way we treat the environment? Chair Dr Jeremy Kidwell of The University of Edinburgh leads speakers Dr Fazlun Khalid of the Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Studies and Dr Mark Harris of the School of Divinity at The University of Edinburgh in discussion with other guests as they examine how the cosmologies of the world’s religions affect human behaviour, and what this means for evidence-based science. Then have your say as he opens the discussion up to the floor and asks what you think, believe and feel. Presented by Eco-Congregation Scotland with support from the Alwaleed Centre. This event is teicketed. Book your ticket via the link below.

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Why We Need Religious Programming

Thursday 10 April 2014, 6.00pm - 7.30pm

John McIntyre Conference Centre, University of Edinburgh

Special lecture delivered by Aaqil Ahmed, Head of Religion and Ethics at the BBC. In an age where some say Religion is the root of all evil and others the answer to everything - how does Religion in the broadcast media play into this? Everyone seems to have an opinion on Muslims and Islam but the lack of Religious literacy means the public have very little knowledge of the faith. Has TV a duty to ease social cohesion or expose the issues at the core of what is often referred to as a clash of civilisations?Professor Aaqil Ahmed has had over a decade at Channel 4 and the BBC deciding what people watch when it comes to Religion on the box including the acclaimed series 'The Life of Muhammad' (2011), and 'The Ottomans: Europe's Muslim Emperors' (2013), and will set out why he feels religion on TV is more important today than it ever has been.Part of the Inaugural Conference of the British Association for Islamic Studies which will be taking place on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th April at the University of Edinburgh. Hosted by the Alwaleed Centre.This event is free but ticketed. To book you free ticket, click the link below.

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Showcasing Islamic Studies in the UK: The Inaugural Conference of the British Association for Islamic Studies

Thursday 10 April 2014, 9.30am - Friday 11 April 2014, 6.00pm

John McIntyre Conference Centre, Edinburgh

The Alwaleed Centre is proud to be hosting the Inaugural Conference of the British Association for Islamic Studies. 'Showcasing Islamic Studies in the UK' will involve more than 110 papers on a wide variety of subjects, with more than 150 people taking part from all over the world. Click the link for more information including how to register.

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Breaking Barriers

Saturday 29 March 2014, 11.00am

Saturday 29 March 2014, 2.00pm

19 George Square, Edinburgh

The latest instalment of this extremely successful initiative jointly run by the Alwaleed Centre and the Edinburgh Inter-Faith Association. Breaking Barriers brings together young Christians and Muslims from across Scotland to engage with each others' faiths through a joint study of scripture. This session will explore repentance and forgiveness in the Bible and the Qur'an. To take part, please contact Tom Lea at the Alwaleed Centre: tom.lea@ed.ac.uk.

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist FILM SCREENING

Sunday 23 March 2014, 7.30pm - 10.00pm

Pleasance Theatre

A special screening of Mira Nair's 2013 film to mark Islam Awareness Week 2014. Followed by a discussion with Shaykh Ruzwan Mohammed (iSyllabus), Dr Nacim Pak-Shiraz (Lecturer in Persian and Film Studies, University of Edinburgh) Dr Thomas Pierret (Lecturer in Contemporary Islam, University of Edinburgh) and Professor Hugh Goddard (Alwaleed Centre, University of Edinburgh). Organised in partnership with the University of Edinburgh Film Society. This event is free but ticketed. To book your free ticket click on the link below.

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US Foreign Policy in the Middle East

Thursday 20 March 2014, 2.00pm - 3.00pm

19 George Square (Room G2)

This lunchtime seminar is a rare opportunity to hear from one of America's foremost experts on the Middle East and North Africa. Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy to the United Kingdom Elizabeth Dibble will provide an overview of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East before opening the floor for questions and comments. Prior to arriving in London in 2013, Minister Dibble was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, the second most senior U.S. diplomat managing U.S. relations with the countries of the Middle East and North Africa. She has also served at the U.S. embassies in Damascus, Tunis, and Islamabad. East and North Africa. Free of charge. No booking necessary.

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Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations in Norway

Wednesday 19 March 2014, 7.00pm - 8.30pm

David Hume Tower, Faculty Room South

A special lecture by visiting scholar Professor Oddbjorn Leirvik, University of Oslo. Organised in partnership with the Northern Scholars Scheme and followed by a drinks reception.

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The Beauty and the Word: Islamic Calligraphy Workshop

Saturday 22 February 2014, 11.30am - 6.00pm

19 George Square, Edinburgh

Jawdat Khadim Kaiby taught Arabic calligraphy in Iraq for thirteen years at the Basra Fine Art Institute and was head of his department for four years. He also served for three years as head of the Basra Arabic Calligraphy Society. Jawdat moved to Scotland in 2008 and has led calligraphy workshops at the University of Glasgow's Hunterian Museum and the prestigious Burrell Collection. In this day-long workshop, Jawdat will introduce students to the fundamentals of Islamic Calligraphy. Students will then have the opportunity to try their hand at this traditional and celebrated art of the Islamic World. All materials will be provided and you don't need any previous experience of calligraphy to take part. Lunch at the famous Original Mosque Kitchen is included in the £20 ticket price.

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The Roman Catholic - Shi'i Dialogue

Wednesday 5 February 2014, 7.00pm - 8.30pm

University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy, 1 Bristo Square

Over the past few years a series of high-profile dialogues have been held between Roman Catholic Christians and Shi i Muslims, on topics such as 'Theology and Spirituality', 'Faith and Reason', and 'Ethics' (including Environmental Ethics, Bioethics, and Business Ethics). These conversations were arranged by significant institutions in Iran and the UK, and were held at different academic and monastic institutions. This event will provide an opportunity to hear from two of the architects of this dialogue, Dr Mohammad Ali Shomali and Dr Anthony O'Mahony, who are also the editors of the publications which emerged from them, about how the conversations progressed, and also about their assessment of the future of Catholic- dialogue. Organised in partnership with the University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy and part of UN World Interfaith Harmony Week. Followed by a drinks reception.

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Muslims in Sri Lanka: post-war dilemmas

Wednesday 22 January 2014, 7.00pm - 8.00pm

David Hume Tower, Faculty Room South

A special talk delivered by Professor Jonathan Spencer, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh concerning Sri Lanka's significant Muslim population. Organised in partnership with the Centre for South Asian Studies and followed by a reception.

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Healing Communities after Woolwich

Wednesday 11 December 2013, 8.00pm - 9.30pm

Martin Hall, New College, Mound Place.

A special lecture by Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra, Imam, Scholar of Muslim theology and Assistant General of the Muslim Council of Britain. After the tragic murder of Lee Rigby there has been an unfortunate rise in attacks on innocent Muslims. Ibrahim Mogra addresses the question of how to bring communities together after events such as Woolwich, and how to deal with its many consequences. In partnership with the Edinburgh Inter-Faith Association and part of Scottish Inter-Faith Week.

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“The sense of the original”. Translating the Qur’an in the West

Wednesday 4 December 2013, 7.00pm - 8.30pm

The Playfair Library, Old College, University of Edinburgh

In the preface to his English version of the Qur’an published in 1734 George Sale wrote that the translations aimed to represent “the sense of the original”. The means of doing this, as well as the decision as to what the “sense” really was, however, differed greatly through the ages. The translators depended on the sources available – the Muslim interpretations or tafsir, and personal informants, Muslim or otherwise – but they were also conditioned by current attitudes to Islam, current tastes, and what they thought their readers would want to read. The lecture will survey European translations of the Qur’an from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century with particular emphasis on developments and changes in Germany (as well as in the rest of Europe) between 1600 and 1850. These developments would affect all modern versions of the Qur’an. Delivered by Professor Alastair Hamilton (the Warburg Institute, London) in the spectacular surroundings of the University of Edinburgh's Playfair Library. Followed by a reception.

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Muslim women and Anti-Muslimness in Scotland

Monday 2 December 2013, 6.30pm - 8.00pm

Chrystal Macmillan Building, George Square, Seminar Room 3

With much written about Muslim experiences in England and Wales, Dr Rahielah Ali (University of Newcastle) wanted to explore the experiences of Muslim women living north of the border. Here Dr Ali reflects on her doctoral research findings.

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Breaking Barriers

Saturday 30 November 2013, 11.00am - 5.30pm

19 George Square, Edinburgh.

Founded in 2011, Breaking Barriers brings together Christians and Muslims in Scotland aged between 17 and 30 to discuss scripture and learn more about each other’s beliefs and traditions.Join us for this special day-long conference reflecting on Biblical and Qur’anic teaching on stewardship and humanity’s relationship with the environment. With a special introduction to the history of Christian/Muslim relations by Professor Hugh Goddard, University of Edinburgh. In partnership with the Edinburgh Inter-Faith Association and part of Scottish Inter-Faith Week.

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Muslim Logic in Fictional Narratives

Wednesday 27 November 2013, 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Appleton Tower, Lecture Theatre 1

A talk by renowned Aberdeen-based Sudanese author Leila Aboulela in partnership with the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World and the Encyclopaedia of Women in Islamic Cultures.

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‘Babylon by Bus?': racial (de)segregation in London and Bradford schools in the 1960s and 1970s

Friday 22 November 2013, 6.30pm - 8.00pm

19 George Square, Edinburgh, Room G2

Delivered by Dr Olivier Esteves, Université-Lille-3 and followed by a reception.

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The Religious Life of Scotland Today: Insights from the 2011 census

Thursday 21 November 2013, 1.30pm - 3.00pm

19 George Square, Room G2

With Contributions from Amy Wilson (Head of Census Statistics, National Records of Scotland), Dr Michael Rosie (Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Director of the Institute of Governance, University of Edinburgh), Professor Paul Weller (University of Derby) and Professor Hugh Goddard (Alwaleed Centre, University of Edinburgh).

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False Attribution or Creative Imitation? The Tradition of Women's Poetry in Early Qajar Iran

Thursday 14 November 2013, 7.30pm - 9.00pm

Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh

A special lecture by Dr Dominic Brookshaw (University of Oxford) hosted in the atmospheric surroundings of the Scottish Poetry Library. Followed by a reception.

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A Musical Journey Through the World of Islam

Tuesday 29 October 2013, 8.00pm - 9.30pm

St Cecelia's Hall Museum of Instruments, Edinburgh

Join us for a unique evening of music from Turkey, Iran, the Arab World and Andalucia. With special performances from Edinburgh-based acts Dunya Ensemble and Duo Hyperdorea and featuring short presentations by experts from the University of Edinburgh's Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Department. Followed by a reception.

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Narratives of Conversion to Islam in Britain: female perspectives

Monday 21 October 2013, 6.30pm - 8.00pm

Chrystal Macmillan Building, Seminar Rooms 1&2

The launch in Scotland of a new report produced by the Alwaleed Centre at the University of Cambridge exploring female conversion to Islam in the UK. Featuring Project Leader Professor Yasir Suleiman, Laura Winterton (University of Edinburgh) and members of the project’s focus groups. Followed by a reception.

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Garden and Landscape Design in Safavid Iran and Mughal India

Friday 4 October 2013, 6.00pm - 7.30pm

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh

Delivered by Professor Attilio Petruccioli (University of Qatar) this lecture will examine some landscapes of gardens in Iran, such as Isfahan and Kashan, Herat in Afghanistan and Agra, Mandu and the basin of Srinagar in India emphasizing the role of the Safavid dynasty, Timurid and Mogul in garden design and landscaping, the mutual influences and permanence or variation of compositional schemes. Hosted in the wonderful surroundings of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh. Part of the Islamic Ceivilisation Lecture Series 2013. Followed by a reception.

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From Woking to the Western front: Muslims, World War I and the Islamic Review

Monday 23 September 2013, 5.30pm - 7.00pm

19 George Square, Edinburgh, Room G2

The Alwaleed Centre is delighted to be welcoming distinguished scholar Professor Humayun Ansari to Edinburgh to deliver a paper exploring contemporary issues of the monthly journal "Islamic Review" (published by the Woking Muslim Mission from 1913 to 1968), with a particular focus on the the challenges of being Muslim in Britain during the Great War. The conflict raised complex questions with regard to the Muslim relationship with the British state, both in the wider Empire and closer to home. What the Islamic Review, published from the heart of Islam's institutional presence in Britain (Woking), highlighted was the ambiguities in Muslim responses. Diversity, underpinned by religious and political concerns, proved the hallmark of not just how Muslims interacted with the war effort, but also how the public in British society and its institutions engaged with them in return

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Less Christian, More Secular, and More Multi-Faith? Contestation and Interpretation Around the Census and Religious Statistics

Tuesday 10 September 2013, 1.00pm - 2.30pm

19 George Square, Edinburgh

A seminar led by Professor Paul Weller (Education, Health and Sciences faculty, University of Derby). Prof Weller is adviser to the census planning group in London and will be joined for this special seminar by Amy Wilson, Head of Census Statistics in Scotland. The event is free to attend and no reservation is necessary.

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Law, Politics and Religion Half-Day Symposium

Monday 9 September 201

St Cecilia's Hall

Introduced by Prof Zenon Bankowski (University of Edinburgh) and including a roundtable discussion chaired by Prof Hugh Goddard (Director, Alwaleed Centre). Featuring contributions from Prof Christian Joppke (University of Bern), Dr Nasar Meer (Northumbria University) and Prof Paul Weller (University of Derby).

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The Beauty and the Word: Islamic Calligraphy Workshop

Saturday 24 August 2013, 10.30am - 5.30pm

University of Edinburgh, 19 George Square

Jawdat Khadim Kaiby taught Arabic calligraphy in Iraq for thirteen years at the Basra Fine Art Institute and was head of his department for four years. He also served for three years as head of the Basra Arabic Calligraphy Society. Jawdat moved to Scotland in 2008 and has led calligraphy workshops at the University of Glasgow's Hunterian Museum and the prestigious Burrell Collection. In this day-long workshop, delivered in partnership with the just festival, Jawdat will introduce students to three different calligraphic styles. Students will then have the opportunity to try their hand at this traditional and celebrated art of the Islamic World. All materials will be provided and you don't need any previous experience of calligraphy. Lunch at the famous Original Mosque Kitchen is included in the £25 ticket price.

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Islam and Peace building: Professor Hugh Goddard

Tuesday 20 August 2013, 7.00pm - 8.15pm

Quaker Meeting House, Edinburgh

A common and widespread perception of Islam is that it is a warlike and aggressive religion, as seen in its concept of Jihad. All that this word literally means, however, is 'struggle', so it is a concept which is by no means foreign to other religious traditions, or indeed to the Bible. This talk will therefore examine Islamic interpretations of the concept of Jihad as they have evolved over the course of the centuries, and also examine alternative Islamic traditions of peace-building as they have developed in the modern era. Delivered by Professor Hugh Goddard, Director of the Alwaleed Centre. Part of the Just Festival 2013.

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Muslim - Christian Encounters

Tuesday 30 July 2013

St John's Church Hall, Princes Street, Edinburgh

By welcoming Muslims to share their Christian place of worship, the Aberdeen Church of St John the Evangelist set a precedent in the UK. In the critical times for both Muslims and Christians, what can be done to improve Christian-Muslim encounters in Scotland? What doors must be opened to address sectarianism and prejudice? With the Revd Canon Dr Isaac M Poobalan (St John's Episcopal Church Aberdeen) and Dr Emad Jodeh (University of Aberdeen) and chaired by Rev Harriet Harris (University of Edinburgh Chaplain). Part of the Just Festival 2013.

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John Tolan: Islam and the West: more complex than you might think

Monday 19 August 2013, 2.00pm - 3.00pm

Charlotte Square (Edinburgh International Book Festival)

Much has been written and reported about the ‘clash of civilisations’ that has ruptured relations between Islam and the West. John Tolan, history professor at the Université de Nantes is one of many academics refuting this simplistic notion. In Europe and the Islamic World, Tolan and others chart 15 centuries of history to offer up a more balanced view of this complex state of affairs. Chaired by Ruth Wishart. Supported by the Alwaleed Centre and part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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Faith in the Media

Monday 12 August 2013, 6.00pm - 7.30pm

St John's Church Hall, Princes Street

With the modern culture of scepticism and constant searching for controversy and story-making, are the media portraying the real image of religions? What approaches should be adopted in order to present an unbiased image of faith communities? How can the media shape both perceptions and the way in which religions are practised? With Professor Jolyon Mitchell (University of Edinburgh), Ephraim Borowski (Scottish Council of Jewish Communities) and Michael Brady Munnik (Alwaleed Centre, University of Edinburgh). Chaired by Seonag Mackinnon (Church of Scotland). Part of the just Festival 2013.

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Breaking Barriers 2013

Saturday 29 June 2013, 10.30am - Sunday 30 June 2013, 3.30pm

19 George Square, Edinburgh

A unique two-day conference for young Christians and Muslims in Scotland organised by the Edinburgh Alwaleed Centre in partnership with the Edinburgh Inter-Faith Association. Delegates will explore scripture, doctrine and history in a safe and respectful atmosphere. Hosted at the University of Edinburgh with accommodation available. Follow the link below for more information and to book you place.

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Muslim Families’ Experiences of the Education System in England and Scotland: What are the key messages of the research for policy and practice?

Monday 13 May 2013, 2.00pm - 5.30pm

Room G 21 Patersons Land, Moray House School of Education

A special event discussing the findings of a research project funded by the Alwaleed Centre at the University of Edinburgh. The research was conducted by researchers in the Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity, University of Edinburgh and ran from January 2010 to April 2013.

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Professor Gilles Kepel: The three ages of Islam in France

Tuesday 30 April 2013, 1.00pm - 2.00pm

19 George Sqare, Room G2

A very special lunchtime seminar delivered by one of the leading political scientists working today. Not to be missed.

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Salafism: between utopia and politics

Wednesday 17 April 2013, 5.30pm - 7.00pm

19 George Square, Room G2

A lecture by Dr Emin Poljarevic, Postdoctoral Researcher, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (University of Edinburgh). Organised by the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World.

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Counter-terrorism, airports and community relations with authorities: Muslim experiences in Scotland

Wednesday 27 March 2013, 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Pollokshields Burgh Hall, 70 Glencairn Dr, Glasgow G41 4LL

Dr Leda Blackwood, University of St Andrews, will present research she conducted with Muslims in Scotland, examining their experiences with the police and other authorities. The research highlighted concerns around counter-terrorism interventions and airports more specifically.Take this opportunity to meet Dr Blackwood and her colleague Dr Nick Hopkins, comment on their research findings and discuss ways forward for representing community concerns. The presentation will be followed by a workshop on Muslim voice, and the promise and pitfalls of Muslim participation in consultations and partnerships. Click on the "more information" link for further details and to book your place.

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Being a Christian in the Middle East today

Tuesday 19 March 2013, 3.00pm - 5.00pm

19 George Square (Room G2)

Fr. Nabil Haddad of the Jordanian Interfaith Coexistence Research Centre reflect on the contemporary experiences of Middle-Eastern Christians. UNFORTUNATELY FR HADDAD CANNOT JOIN US FOR THIS LECTURE. WE APOLOGISE TO THOSE WHO WERE LOOKING FORWARD TO ATTENDING.  

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FILM SCREENING: Ae Fond Kiss

Sunday 17 March 2013, 7.30pm - 10.00pm

Pleasance Theatre, 60 The Pleasance, Edinburgh

A very special screening of Ken Loach's critically acclaimed 2004 film which tells the story of a romance between a Scottish Pakistani boy and an Irish girl in Glasgow. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film's star, Atta Yaqub. This screening is free but you MUST RESERVE YOUR SEAT. To reserve your seat email: filmsoc@ed.ac.uk.

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The Multi-religious Landscape of Modern Bosnia

Tuesday 12 March 2013, 5.10pm - 6.30pm

Room 1.07, New College, the Mound

A special seminar delivered by Dr Stephen Goodwin (Istanbul).

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Religious Symbolism and Conscientious Objection in the Workplace: an evaluation of Strasbourg's judgment in Eweida and others v United Kingdom

Friday 8 March 2013, 5.00pm- 6.30pm

Lorimer Room, Old College, South Bridge

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Monday 19 November 2012, 8.30pm - 10.00pm

Royal Observatory of Edinburgh

A lecture by Bruno Abdul Al-Haq Guiderdoni, Director of teh Lyon National Observatory.Copernicus, Galileo, Newton - names we all recognise as giants of astronomy. But how many people have heard of Ibn al-Haytham, al-Khwarizmi or Ulugh Beg? We don't learn about them at school, but their influence is no less significant than their western counterparts.Part of the Islamic Civilisation Lecture Series 2012. What drove Muslims to make such extraordinary progress in the field of astronomy, and what is it about Islam that encouraged these visionaries to look up to the starts?Chaired by Professor Andy Lawrence, Regius Professor of Astronomy, University of Edinburgh.Part of the Islamic Civilisation Lecture Series 2012.

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Muslims in Scotland: identity, engagement and representation

Friday 9 November 2012, 2.30pm - 6.00pm

Glasgow Central Mosque

A unique opportunity to hear about current research into the contemporary experiences of Scottish Muslims.Come and meet researchers working across Scotland, let them know what you think of their research and take a look at some of the best entries from this year's "Islam in Scotland" photography competition.Organised by the Alwaleed Centre in partnership with Glasgow Central Mosque. Part of the ESRC's Festival of Social Science 2012.

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