Perspectives on the Arab World

A series of public lectures on this troubled and complex region by experts from academia, the military and the media.

Collage of images of the Arab world with a moroccan casbah, minaret in yemen, doorway and kuwait towers

Each speaker will focus on a different aspect of Arab history, culture, religion or politics, introducing listeners to the most important new ideas in their field.

The series is jointly organised by the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) and the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW).

CASAW is an Edinburgh-led collaboration between the Universities of Edinburgh, Durham and Manchester.

Events fully booked

Due to the popularity of these events all tickets have now been allocated.

We're sorry if you were unable to reserve a place this time, but hope you will join us for future events.


All lectures will be held at The Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 9PQ. Please note that photographic ID will be required for entry.

Event details

Jihad and the Surge in Iraq

Speaker: Major General Simon Mayall, Assistant Chief of the General Staff, Ministry of Defence.

Friday 7 November 2008, 6.00pm

Friday 7 November 2008, 8.00pm

Images of Saladin: Past and Present

Speaker: Professor Carole Hillenbrand FRSA FRSE, University of Edinburgh.

Wednesday 10 December 2008, 6.00pm

Wednesday 10 December 2008, 8.00pm

What makes Islamic art Islamic?

Speaker: Professor Robert Hillenbrand FRSE, University of Edinburgh. This event is now FULLY BOOKED.

Wednesday 14 January 2009, 6.00pm

Wednesday 14 January 2009, 8.00pm

Islam and the Day of Judgement

Speaker: Professor Mona Siddiqui FRSA FRSE, University of Glasgow. This event is now FULLY BOOKED.

Thursday 12 February 2009, 6.00pm

Thursday 12 February 2009, 8.00pm

Writing the First Qur’ans: Running the Early Islamic State

Speaker: Professor Robert Hoyland, St Andrews University. This event is now FULLY BOOKED.

Thursday 12 March 2009, 6.00pm

Thursday 12 March 2009, 8.00pm

Contact details

For more information on these events, including any accessibility enquiries, please contact Ms Sophie Lowry.

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Arabic at Edinburgh

Arabic has been studied at Edinburgh for over 250 years.

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It is the highest rated department of its kind in the UK for research output and standing.