The Middle East in London: November events calendar

If you’re based in London, there are plenty of Middle East-focused events going on throughout November to keep you busy!

Top picks:

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26th October – 3rd November

9th London Iranian Film Festival – multiple screenings and locations

Sunday 4th November

Women and the Future of the Middle East – Talk by Ahlam Akram, Palestinian champion of women’s rights, 37a Broadhurst Gardens, 7-9:30pm

Tuesday 6th November

Iran’s New Foreign Policy Challenges – Members event, Chatham House, 8:30-9:30am

How Violence Shapes Religion, Belief and Conflict in Africa and Middle East – Department of War Studies lecture and Q&A, Kings College, 6:30-8pm

Wednesday 7th November

Leighton House Museum – Private evening viewing, 6:30-8:30

Tales of the Silk Road: Chapter 1 – Turkey – Film screening, Brick Lane, 7-11pm

Thursday 8th November

The House is Black: A tribute to Forough Farrokhzad – Film screening and poetry reading, The Mosaic Rooms, 7pm

Sunday 11th November

Through the Badlands and Beyond – Levison Wood discusses his recent journey across the Middle East, O2 Shepherds Bush, 7pm

Tuesday 13th November

Gendering ‘Everyday Islam’ – Panel discussion, SOAS, 5:30-7pm

A Conversation with Professor Yuval Noah Harari – Members event, RUSI Whitehall, 6pm

Mission Impossible: The Case for a Syrian-Led Political Process – LSE Middle East Centre, 6-7:30pm

Cheater’s Dilemma: Disarming Iraq after the Gulf War – Talk by Dr Malfrid Braut-Hegghammer, UCL, 6:15-7:30pm

A conversation on Egypt’s political roadmap: Egyptian PM Panel – KCL Egyptian Society, 6:30-8pm

Lebanese cookery class with Ahmad – Mercato Metropolitano, 6:30-9pm

Wednesday 14th November

Jon Snow: The Middle East – Dare We Speak Truth to Power? – UCL, 1:05-2:30pm

The Ark Re-imagined: Navigating Iraqi Cultural Heritage on the Edge of Extinction – Talk by Rashad Salim, The British Institute for the Study of Iraq, 6-8pm

Britain and the Middle East after Brexit – A conversation with Chris Doyle, Director of the Centre for Arab British Understanding, Fabian Society, 6:30-8pm

Modern Art in Iran and its Search for Cultural Authenticity – Asia House, 6:45pm

Thursday 15th November

2018/19 Annual Eleanor Roosevelt Lecture: Liberalism and Zionism – Lecture by Doug Rossinow, UCL, 5:30-6:30

Dragons Blood Island: Socotra and Our Search for Dragons – Lecture by National Geographic Explorer Ella Al-Shamahi, SOAS, 5:45-7pm

Palestine Book Awards 2018 – Pre-launch evening, P21 Gallery, 6:30-9pm

The Imaginary Visions of Iran in 1930s and 1970s – Talk by NYU’s Ali Mirsepassi, SOAS, 7-9

An Iranian Art Plot: ‘Westoxication’ – Talk on Iranian modernism, The Mosaic Rooms, 7pm

Friday 16th November

Brigadier-General Sir Wyndham Deedes and the London Halkevi (1942-1950) – Turkish Studies seminar, SOAS, 12-2pm

16th-28th November

London Palestine Film Festival – Centre for Palestine Studies, SOAS

Sunday 18th November

Tea and Tour of an East London Mosque – Darul Arqan Islamic Community Centre, 2-3pm

Monday 19th November

Leaving No One Behind: A Look at the Global Compact on Refugees – Refugee Law Initiative event, Senate House, 6-7:30pm

Anglo-American rivalry in the Middle East – Council for Arab-British Understanding talk, Palace of Westminster, 6:30-8pm

The Rule of Violence: Subjectivity, Memory and Government in Syria – Panel discussion and book launch, SOAS, 7-9pm

Tuesday 20th November

Shari’a, dissection and justice in modern Egypt – British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMEN) Annual Lecture, SOAS, 5:30-7pm

Flavours of the Middle East: Wines from Israel and Palestine – Abbotshill Wine Bar & Deli, 7:30-10:30pm

Wednesday 21st November

Talk by Ambassador Michael Aron on Yemen – SOAS, 6:30-8:30

Thursday 22nd November

Stories On Our Plate: Recipes and Conversations – Panel discussion and nibbles, London Cooking Project, 6-8pm

Saudi Post-Khashoggi: What next for the Kingdom? – LSE Middle East Centre, 6:30-8pm

Interactions – Tour of radical Iranian artist Bahjat Sadr’s exhibition, The Mosaic Rooms, 7pm

Friday 23rd November

Walking to Jerusalem – Book launch in aid of the Amos Trust’s work in Palestine, The Royal Geographical Society, 6:30-9pm

Saturday 24th November

London’s first Yemeni popup brunch – hosted by Fatma al-Baiti, Lost Boys Pizza, 10am-2:30pm

Iranian filmmaker Raskhan Bani-Etemad and her Karestan Documentary Film Project: Screening and Q&A – SOAS, 3-7pm

Instruments of the State: Tse Tse Fly Middle East film night – The CentrE17, 6:30-9:30

Tuesday 27th November

Ethics as a Weapon of War: Militarism and Morality in Israel – Lecture by James Eastwood, SOAS, 5:45-7pm

Syria: Beyond the Endgame – Panel discussion, LSE Middle East Centre, 6:30-8pm

Thursday 29th November

Israel, Palestine, and the United States: New Histories – Panel discussion, IAS Forum, 5-7pm

War Songs – Event to mark the English translation of ‘Antarah ibn Shaddad’s War Songs, SOAS, 5:30-7pm

Taqasim Music School: Maqam Moods – Performance by oud master Ahmed Mukhtar, The Mosaic Rooms, 7pm

Friday 30th November

Palestine in Song: An evening with Reem Kelani – St John’s Church, Waterloo, 7:30-10pm

 

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