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Dr Joan Maw, scholar of Swahili languages pic Dr Joan Maw, scholar of Swahili languages

Dr Joan Maw, former lecturer in Swahili at SOAS, University of London has sadly passed away, aged 87.

3rd April 2014

SOAS scholar wins Fellowship from British Academy

Dr Konrad Hirschler, Reader in the History of the Near and Middle East at SOAS, University of London has been awarded a Mid-Career Fellowship from the British Academy for 2014/2015

19th March 2014

Student-led initiative promoting multilingualism to launch official website

Postgraduate students from SOAS, University of London, are set to launch Language Landscape, www.languagelandscape.org, an interactive website to document and celebrate language diversity, at an event later this month.

18th March 2014

SOAS to spark interest in languages among school pupils this week

In an initiative to widen participation and spark an interest in language learning, SOAS, University of London has organised the Illuminations Festival dedicated to secondary school pupils from years seven to 10.

26th February 2014

World music and dance at third Interfaith Music Festival at SOAS

SOAS, University of London students bring world music and dance from groups with Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim backgrounds to London at the third Interfaith Music Festival next week.

21st February 2014

Persian Service SOAS scholars provide a critical history of BBC Persian Service in latest book

SOAS, University of London scholars, Annabelle Sreberny, Professor of Global Media and Communications, and Dr Massoumeh Torfeh, Research Associate, both of the Centre for Media and Film Studies, provide a critical history of the BBC Persian Service in their recently published book.

12th February 2014

SOAS Library Persian collection strengthened by generous book donation

The Centre for Iranian Studies, part of the London Middle East Institute (LMEI) at SOAS, University of London, has received a rare and celebrated collection of Persian literature, including the 1970 edition of the Dehkhoda Dictionary, from the private collection of successful Iranian entrepreneur Mr Harun Rashid Farmanfarmaian.

7th February 2014

Shari’a law and its internal logic examined by leading expert at SOAS

Professor Wael Hallaq, author of Shari‘a: Theory, Practice, Transformations (2009)  and one of the leading experts in Islamic Law, from Columbia University will be speaking at SOAS, University of London about Shari’a law and its internal logic.

30th January 2014

Asian and Middle Eastern languages in British Council’s top 10 for UK prosperity

The Languages for the Future report, published by the British Council, has identified Arabic, Mandarin, Turkish and Japanese in the top 10 languages most vital to the UK over the next 20 years.

9th January 2014

SOAS scholars shape BBC Radio 4 series on Making of the Modern Arab World

SOAS scholars from across the Department of Politics and International Studies and the Department of Development Studies contributed to BBC Radio 4’s four-part series on ‘The Making of the Modern Arab World’.

9th January 2014

Islamic Golden Age pic SOAS scholars contribute to major series for BBC Radio 3 on the Islamic Golden Age

Professor Hugh Kennedy, Professor of Arabic and Narguess Farzad, Senior Fellow in Persian, have contributed to a major series by BBC Radio 3 on The Islamic Golden Age.

6th December 2013

First MUSA conference tackles Muslim representations, thought and practice

The first annual graduate Muslim South Asia Research Forum (MUSA) conference at SOAS, University of London, showcased the work of young scholars from Europe, UK, the US, Pakistan and India across a range of disciplines, was held on 28 October 2013 in the Brunei Gallery at SOAS, University of London.

15th November 2013

SOAS English programme challenges conventional approach to study of language and literature

SOAS, University of London has introduced a new BA English degree that studies the English language and its literatures from a global perspective. The course draws on SOAS’ unparalleled concentration of expertise in Asian, African and Middle Eastern languages and literatures.

7th November 2013

Gilbert Achcar new book pic SOAS experts examine results and prospects of the Arab Spring

Following the publication of Professor Gilbert Achcar’s book ‘The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising’ (Saqi Books and University of California Press, 2013), the London Middle East Institute at SOAS, University of London hosts a discussion on the latest developments in the Arab Spring.

22nd October 2013

SOAS students SOAS ranked in London top four and sixth in UK for academic reputation

SOAS is one of the top four universities in London, sixth in the UK for academic reputation and one of the most cosmopolitan universities in the world according to two recent league tables

26th September 2013

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