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Syria’s People: Lessons for the Future?

Syria’s People: Lessons for the Future?

UK Events

22 October 2018 18:30 to 20:00

Council for British Research in the Levant, 10 Carlton House Terrace
SW1Y 5AH

Dawn Chatty, author of ‘Syria: The Making and Unmaking of a Refuge State’ and Diana Darke, author of ‘The Merchant of Syria: A History of Survival’ will each give a presentation on their recent books. Together, these talks will explore Syria’s historical embrace of refugees of all hues - Christian, Muslim and Jewish and its impact on its people. Using individual case studies, they will illustrate the complex web of social interactions that Syria’s people…

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Round-table Discussion: Gendering 'Everyday Islam'

Round-table Discussion: Gendering 'Everyday Islam'

UK Events

13 November 2018 17:30 to 19:00

Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London
WC1H 0XG

        Gendering 'Everyday Islam' was the theme of a recent special issue of the journal Contemporary Levant - an issue that set out to address the aspect of gender in the recent debate on 'everyday Islam' in scholarship, particularly anthropology, of Muslim societies. This special issue offers a valuable contribution to rethinking the gendered meanings of ‘everyday Islam,’ Islamic piety and normativity in contemporary Muslim-majority…

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Lawrence of Arabia: Romantic, Orientalist, and Western Cultural Artefact

Lawrence of Arabia: Romantic, Orientalist, and Western Cultural Artefact

UK Events

19 December 2018 18:30 to 20:00

Council for British Research in the Levant, 10 Carlton House Terrace
SW1Y 5AH

T E Lawrence played a central role in the outcome of the First World War in the Middle East. His own testimony in his famous war memoir Seven Pillars of Wisdom has now been ground-truthed by a ten-year archaeological field project. This provides a firmer base for examining his character, achievements, celebrity status, and endless cultural reconfiguration over the last century. These matters remain highly problematic, since Lawrence himself was both a Romantic and an Orientalist, and the many…

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