Upcoming Lecture (Vienna): “Sunnis against Shiites: On the Construction of Antagonism”

Hosted by the Vienna Institute for Dialogue and Cooperation:
A critical reflection on the popular belief that a cultural and ideological disparity between Sunni and Shi’ite sects,or religious and secular movements, is the driving force behind the conflict and war in different Arab countries.

When: Thursday, 15th October; 19:00-21:00
Location: Diplomatic Academy, Vienna

Speaker: Lecture and discussion with Professor Hamid Dabashi (Dept. of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, Columbia University, New York).
Chair: Helmut Krieger (Dept. of Development Studies, University of Vienna/VIDC).
Welcome speech: Magda Seewald (VIDC).

Languages: English and German with simultaneous translation.

To register  email: seewald@vidc.org

For more information, please visit: http://www.vidc.org/en/topics/global-dialogue/2015/sunnis-against-shiits/

Film Screening: Monir + Q&A (London)

Date: 8 September
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH

Monir, dir. Bahman Kiarostami, 2014, 54 mins, Farsi and English (with English subtitles)

This documentary looks at the life and work of Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, who first garnered attention in the 1970s when she pioneered contemporary forms of geometric mirror works. The film takes an intimate look at the artist’s life and her practice, and explores how she has become one of the most innovative and influential artists working in the Middle East today

Tickets available at: https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/monir-qa

Publication: Nina Ansary, Women of Allah

Iranian historian, author and women’s rights activist, Dr. Nina Ansary, has recently released her much-anticipated book, Jewels of Allah. In it Dr. Ansary sets out to dismantle the popular narratives and perceptions surrounding the women of her home country by tracing the origins, growth and successes of the Iran’s flourishing feminist movement and weaving into her historical writing the personal stories of  strong-willed Iranian women, who have proven to be relentless in their pursuit of gender equality.


100% of all proceeds from the sale of the book will go to various charitable organizations and institutions, with the primary recipient being the OMID Foundation, a 501(c)(3) registered charity that has been empowering disadvantaged young women in Iran for over 10 years. 

Information regarding Dr. Ansary’s international book tour can be found by subscribing to her mailing list here

Event: UK Iranian Film Festival (London)

London Iranian Film Festival is the only annual festival to present Iranian cinema in the UK.  The festival aims to introduce the international community to the best of Iranian cinema.


  • 3 Movies, 1 Ticket (Melbourne, I’m Not Angry, 360 Degrees)

Date: Saturday 1st August
Time: 14:00- 21:00
Venue: Greenwood Theatre, King’s Venues, London, 55 Weston Street, London

Tickets are £18 if purchased in advance or £25 on the door (for all three screenings) and can be purchased at: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/3-movies-1-ticket-a-day-of-iranian-cinema–tickets-17478326144

Tickets for individual screenings are also available.

  • Summer Celebration (Darya Dadvar performance and Rokh Divaneh screening)

Date: Sunday 9th August
Venue: Opera Holland Park
Time: Doors open: 17.00
Darya Dadvar Live Performance: 17.30 – 18.45
Screening of Rokh Divaneh (Crazy Castle): 20.00 

Tickets are £41.50 if purchased before 1 August or £50 on the door: http://www.ukiff.org.uk/

The official trailer of Rokh Divaneh, winner of the Best Film and the Best Director awards at the 33rd Fajr Film Festival (2015):

For more information contact:

+(44) 7494005151

Upcoming Lecture: Jan Just Witkam, “Why did they not print their books?”

Event: The Islamic Manuscript Association Lecture Series – ‘Why did they not print their books? Stories about the reasons why printing was introduced so late in the Muslim world.’

The Islamic Manuscript Association, in cooperation with the Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation and Stanford University Libraries is pleased to announce the next in its series of occasional lectures: ‘Why did they not print their books? Stories about the reasons why printing was introduced so late in the Muslim world’, presented by Professor Jan Just Witkam, professor emeritus of codicology and palaeography of the Islamic world at the University of Leiden and editor-in-chief of The Islamic Manuscript Association’s Journal of Islamic Manuscripts.

The first time that a book in Arabic script was printed by Muslims in an Islamic country was in the year 1727, more than two-and-a-half century after the first Western book that was printed with movable type. Historians and others have asked why this could happen, as if history can provide answers. In their research they have come up with explanations that tell more about themselves than about the subject itself. These stories, and the questions which they try to answer, are the subject of the lecture. The stories about the transition period between writing and printing books rather illustrate a fascinating stage in Western thinking about Muslim culture.

Date: Wednesday 5 August 2015, 18.30 (Registration required; Free of charge)

Venue: Bender Room, 5th Floor Bing Wing, Green Library, Stanford, California,

Please note: the lecture is limited to 70 persons and places will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The event is free of charge.

For more information, and to register, please see the Association’s website at: www.islamicmanuscript.org

The Islamic Manuscript Association is an international non-profit organisation dedicated to protecting Islamic manuscript collections and supporting those who work with them. It was formed in response to the urgent need to address the poor preservation and inaccessibility of many Islamic manuscript collections around the world. The Association’s lecture series publicises work with Islamic manuscripts, bringing expert knowledge and insights to new audiences beyond the Association’s core membership. If your institution is interested in collaborating with the Association to present a particular lecture or to suggest a speaker, please write to us at admin@islamicmanuscript.org .

Opening: Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Chester

Applications are invited for the position of Postdoctoral Researcher in Islamic Studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Chester. The Department is currently expanding in the area of Islamic Studies and has appointed Oliver Scharbrodt as first Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Chester with the strategic aim to turn the Department and its new Chester Centre for Islamic Studies (CCIS) into one of the prime centres for the academic study of Islam in the UK.

The post provides an exciting opportunity to develop Islamic Studies at the University by contributing to both research and teaching. The post-doctoral researcher will be part of a research project that examines transnational religio-political networks in contemporary Twelver Shiism operating between Iraq, Iran and Britain. Professor Oliver Scharbrodt is the principal investigator of the project which is funded the Gerda Henkel Foundation, a private foundation that supports research across the Humanities and Social Sciences. The post-doctoral researcher will also contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the Department.

Successful applicants will have a PhD in Religious Studies or other related discipline in the areas of Shia Islam, modern Islam, Muslims in Europe and/or gender and Islam. They must be able to conduct research in Arabic. Proficiency in Persian and experience of ethnographic research are desirable.

Informal enquiries should be directed to:

Professor Oliver Scharbrodt,
Department of Theology and Religious Studies,
University of Chester,
Parkgate Road,
Chester CH1 4BJ,
Tel: 01244 511000,
Email: o.scharbrodt@chester.ac.uk

Candidates can apply through our website at www.chester.ac.uk/jobs/  and applications should be made via our Online Recruitment Website quoting reference number HR14429.

Closing Date: 6 August 2015.