Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Seminar Series 2022 to 2023

A fortnightly series of free in-person seminars from guest speakers and colleagues in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES).

About the seminar series

Each semester, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES) welcomes a fantastic range of guest speakers, PhD students and colleagues from across the University to present an evening seminar on their research.

In the autumn semester of the 2022 to 2023 academic year, topics ranged from Islamic Twitter in Saudi Arabia and penal measures in the contemporary MENA region, to Shi’a polemics and women under the Umayyad caliphate.

In the spring semester, the overall theme of the series is 'Persian Narratives'. Topics include Persian, Iranian, and Arabic folklore, literature, poetry, traditions, and political structures.

All seminars will be followed by a Q&A and wine reception.

How to join

Events are free and everyone is welcome.

Check the calendar for exact dates and times.

Are you interested in studying with us?

We are the only university in Scotland to offer courses in the Muslim world's three main languages, placing Arabic, Persian and Turkish in the context of history, literature, culture, religion and politics, past and present.

Choose from a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, including PhD programmes.

Find out more about Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Edinburgh