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Middle Eastern Studies Events



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Department-wide Events

Hebrew & Semitic Studies Events

Cambridge Seminar on Biblical Epic

Hosted by the Centre for Medieval Literature, and the Departments of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, and Middle Eastern Studies; with the support of St John’s College

Sunday, 16th & Monday, 17th November, 2014
Dirac Room, Fisher Building, St John’s College in Cambridge

Israeli Studies Lecture Series

Michaelmas Term, 2014

Cinema Israel 2014 - 2015

Religion & Cinema in Israel

Lent Term, 2015

Screenings are on alternate Tuesdays during Term time 
(with an additional screening on Tuesday, 10th March) at 16:30 in Room L1
Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge

Summer Hebrew Ulpan for University Students

Sunday, 28th June - Friday, 10th July, 2015
Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge 

Centre for Modern Hebrew Studies Ulpan 2015

Arabic & Persian Studies Events

The Qur’ān in Translation

The Second meeting of the Cambridge Qur’ān Seminar

Friday, 15th May, 2015

Iranian Cinema - Film Series & Discussion Series

Lent Term, 2015

Indian Studies Events

Middle-Eastern Related Events in Cambridge

Second Cambridge Lecture in Islamic Art

A Baroque of One's Own: Eighteenth-century Ottoman Architecture on the World Stage

Dr Ünver Rüstem, Fari Sayeed Visiting Fellow in Islamic Art, Pembroke College

  • Thursday, 12th  March, 2015 at 5pm
    Room N7, Pembroke College, Cambridge

Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome to attend.

Crimson Words

Modern Hebrew Annual Lecture

Tuesday, 3rd March, 2015 at 8:00pm
Cripps Auditorium, 
Cripps Court, Chesterton Rd, Cambridge 

Award-winning Israeli illustrator, alternative comics artist and novelist Yirmi Pinkus will speak about graphic fiction in Hebrew, writing as a visual process and the use he makes of visual imagery for writing fiction.

The lecture will include sketches, photographs and illustrations that were created during the writing process and some of which made it into his two novels so far, Professor Fabrikant’s Historical Cabaret (2008) and Minutiae (2012).

Turbulent World - Lent Term, 2015

Series of talks promoted by the Centre of Islamic Studies  [poster]

Sogdian Reading Classes

Taught by Prof. Nicholas Sims-Williams

1:00pm - 3:00pm each Thursday, 15th January to 26th February, 2015
Ancient India & Iran Trust, 23 Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge 

Related events elsewhere

Khamriyya as a World Poetic Genre

Comparative Perspectives on Wine Poetry in Near and Middle Eastern

Lecture Series at the University of St Andrews
Wednesday, 24th September, 2014 - Thursday, 9th April, 2015

Jointly convened by:

  • Dr Kirill Dmitriev, School of Modern Languages, University of St Andrews 
  • Dr Christine van Ruymbeke, Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge

Earlier Events

For listings of past events, please see the Events Archive.


Cambridge has a long and distinctive tradition in the study of the Middle East and Asia. This Faculty prides itself on exploring these fields through the local languages and encourages students to learn through real world engagement. If you are interested in these world regions and want to discover their languages, cultures, histories, religions, and politics, then this is the home for you.

Upcoming events

East Asian Day

Apr 17, 2015

Emmanuel College

The Qur’ān in Translation

May 15, 2015


East Asian Studies Postgraduate Research Seminar

May 19, 2015

OCR, St Catharine's College

Faculty Research Day

May 21, 2015

Rooms 8 & 9

East Asian Studies Postgraduate Research Seminar

Jun 02, 2015

OCR, St Catharine's College

Upcoming events