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Urban diversity and conflict resolution: Mega cities and the future of integration

Woolf Institute & Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Panel Series: Muslim-Jewish Relations

  • Tuesday, 8th November, 2016 at 5pm
    Rooms 8 & 9, Faculty of Asian & Middle eastern Studies

Haim Yacobi, Visiting Fellow, Woolf Institute 
“Separated but not quite: the making of a Jewish-Arab mixed city”

Yuval Evri, SOAS
“Possibilities of Arab-Jewish thought: revealing political and cultural options at the turn of the 10th centry, based on reviving Judaeo-Muslim heritage”

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Jews, Muslims and Christians in the Musical Life of Medieval Iberia

  • Tuesday, 1st November, 2016 at 5pm
    Rooms 8 & 9, Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies

Prof. Dwight Reynolds, Professor of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
Lecture presented by the University of Cambridge faculty of Music

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Hebrew & Semitic Studies Events

Arabic & Persian Studies Events

Persian Music Lessons

Persian Calligraphy Workshops

Iranian Film Screenings

Indian Studies Events

From Word Meanings to Sentence Meaning: Different Perspectives in Indian Philosophy of Language

Middle-Eastern Related Events in Cambridge

Language Contact and Language Change in Cross-Border Kurdistan (CLiCK)

  • Friday, 9th - Saturday, 10th December, 2016
    Old Combination Room, Wolfson College

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CUMES Film Night: Wadjda

  • Friday, 4th November, 2016 at 6:30pm
    The Elton Bowring Room, Clare College (Memorial Court)

Come and join CUMES as we watch the award winning film Wadjda (2012). This Saudi Arabian film was directed by Haifaa al-Mansour and is the first feature-length film made by a female Saudi director. The film follows the struggles of the a young girl in a society that refuses to grant her what she desires - a new bicycle. The film explores some of the issues that are pertinent to contemporary Saudi culture, namely, women's rights, education and feminism.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Please see our Facebook event for more details or e-mail .

World History Lecture Series

Between the Mediterranean and Africa: Berber Empires of the Medieval Maghrib

  • Thursday, 3rd November, 2016 at 5pm
    Seminar Room 3, Cripps Court, Magdalene College
    Dr Amira K. Bennison, University of Cambridge

A talk which will consider the ways in which the Almoravid and Almohad empires of North Africa have been understood and how we might think about these two important but little known Islamic empires.

Cambridge Lectures in Islamic Art

Cambridge Shahnama Centre for Persian Studies, Pembroke College

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Re-writing a best-seller

A talk on the Kalila wa-Dimna rewriting phenomenon in pre-modern Persian. 

  • Wednesday, 9th November, 2016 at 7pm
    The Mosaic Rooms, London
    Dr Christine van Ruymbeke, Ali Reza and Mohamed Soudavar Senior Lecturer in Persian Studies, University of Cambridge

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Scholars have identified no less than six Persian versions of the fables of Kalila wa Dimna, produced for different courts through the medieval period, while poets such as Ferdowsi, Rumi and Nezami make references to the fables in their own works. This talk will examine this singular rewriting phenomenon and attempt to highlight the reasons for the remarkable success of this text in the Persian cultural area.

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Earlier Events

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