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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

SOAS scholar argues property can function as a tool of governance

Property is productive of temporal and spatial order and so can function as a tool of governance, according to Dr Sarah Keenan, a lecturer in Law at the SOAS, University of London.

9th August 2013

SOAS professor analyses current Egypt unrest

In a video interview with AFP recorded on the 4 July, SOAS Professor Gilbert Achcar (Department of Development Studies) provides an analysis of the current unrest in Egypt in light of his recently released book, The People Want: A Radical exploration of the Arab Uprising. 

5th July 2013

SOAS students study Arabic in Nablus

The first cohort of SOAS students attending An-Najah National University, in Nablus, has now completed their year abroad.

20th June 2013

SOAS Summer School courses explore key international issues

Students can explore today’s challenging international issues in a series of short courses being run at SOAS, University of London this summer.

4th March 2013

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