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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies


06 May 2024
Professor Kushner delivered a lecture on 2 May summarizing his recent work: “When Justice Fails: Postwar East Asia and the struggles over memory and history”

03 May 2024
Dr Nilsson-Wright was part of a 30 minute discussion programme on Wednesday of this week with the Arirang English-language TV programme, “Within the Frame” discussing North Korea’s security challenges in East Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

03 May 2024
Kanda Yoko and Tatekawa Shinoharu brought their captivating performances to FAMES on Wednesday 1 May 2024

30 April 2024
We have been successful in a bid to attract British Academy funding for a 4-Year Global Professor to join the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at FAMES. This is one of eight new Global Professorships announced by the Academy.

26 April 2024
James Montgomery writes for New Lines Magazine about how, when his patron captured Indian Brahmins, Abu Rayhan al-Biruni saw the chance to study a living link to a lost Greek civilization

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The Umayyad Empire (644–750 CE) was the first Islamic empire and one of the largest empires of ancient and medieval times, extending over 5,000 miles between the Atlantic Ocean in the West and the Indian Ocean in the East. This book traces the empire’s origins to the Arabian Peninsula and the Syrian Steppe in the centuries before Islam. It explores the dynamics that shaped this formative era for the history of the Mediterranean, North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

Cover Image - Umayyad Empire - Marsham