EVENT: The Cultural Scene: January - February
Time & Earthly Paradise: Watchmaking inspired by Great Buildings of the Islamic World
8 May, Arab British Centre, EC4. Harun Asif and Abdullah Ahmed specialise in navigating craft and design landscapes to produce watches of distinction. In this talk, which is part of London Craft Week, they focus on their new Miraj Collections, which are inspired by the architecture of the Islamic world. For more information click here.
Journey Through The Quran
11-12 May, 18-19 May, Birkbeck College, University of London, WC1. Hafiz Abdullah Muhammad, a lawyer who studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, presents these two, two-day courses which aim to give an overview of the structure, themes and guidance contained in each of the 114 chapters of the Qur’an. Those who can’t attend in this, the Holy Month of Ramadan, can read his commentary in his book,The Best of Times in Islam. Tickets are available here.
Past and Present: Modern Islamic Architecture in the Gulf
16 May, Leighton House Museum, W14. This lecture shows how stylistic diversity and western influences are being challenged as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, the UAE and Oman seek to establish and communicate their identity through contemporary architecture. Featuring a discussion of the work of such renowned Arab architects as Abdel-Wahed al-Wakeel, Rasem Badran, Muhammed Makiya and Ibrahim Jaideh, as well as Jean Nouvel from France, I.M. Pei from the US, and Britain’s Ali Mangera, it is presented by author and tour guide Tarek Swelim, who followed up his degree in Islamic art and architecture at Harvard with teaching at various universities in the Middle East. Tickets can be purchased here.
Hassan Al-Mousaoy 10-to-10
28 June - 14 July, Bush Theatre, W12. Photographer Hassan Al-Mousaoy works with young migrants in London during these day-long workshops that help them chart their daily lives. His previous project, My Life in Pictures, brought together images taken by young Iraqis living in London with those he took during his first visit back to his home country. Take a look at this website for more details.
Shubbak@The British Library
30 June, The British Library, NW1. This day of events with authors from across the Arab world is being presented in partnership with the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. It features conversations and readings with writers from the Arab diaspora as well as others living in the Middle East and North Africa, including the prize-winning French-Moroccan novelist Leila Slimani (pictured). The topics are wide ranging, from contemporary Arab feminism and historical novels to gay culture and works in English translation. It is part of the biennial Shubbak Festival of arts, film and literature which is being held at various locations all over London until 14 July. Here is the website for Shubbak.
Pamela Ann Smith
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