Translating the Syrian news

Presented by Free Word and English PEN A panel of journalists discuss how events in Syria are reported by the international and Syrian media and how the contrast between what is presented to a domestic and global audience can be mediated. Panelists include Channel 4 presenter Paul Mason, alongside Armand Hurault, Zaher Omareen and Mohamed Ali Hamed. The event will be chaired by Malu Halasa, co-editor

of Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline Thursday 29 May 2014 19:00 • Free Word Lecture Theatre £5 / £3 Part of Free Word’s Translators in Residence programme and the Islington Word Festival 2014. For more information or to order tickets, click here.

Keep Your Eye on the Wall opening in Ramallah

In art

and literature, walls are frequently used as powerful symbols of division. For the people of Palestine, however, the wall that cuts deeply into their land and society is all too real, snaking through over 700 kilometres of the West Bank and Gaza. It throttles Palestinians, seals off Israelis, and all but guarantees perpetual ignorance, fear and rage on both sides. Keep Your Eye on the Wall brings together seven award-winning artist-photographers and four essayists, all responding to the

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Wall in images or words. The photographers present unique perspectives, whether it is documenting the journey of labourers across the concrete separation barrier, or exploring the layers and textures of a wall in Gaza. Monday 19 May 2014 18.00 • French-German Cultural Center, Ramallah FREE EVENT (Exhibition on display until 20 June 2014) Photographs by: Taysir Batniji, Rula Halawani, Raeda Saadeh, Steve Sabella and Kai Wiedenhöfer Curatorial team: Masasam (Mónica Santos and Sandra Maunac) Book editors: Olivia Snaije and Mitchell Albert Partners: French Consulate, Goethe-Institut, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Spanish Consulate The opening is followed by a reception and a book signing with the artists and the editors. For more information: T: +972 2 2981922 E:

Reza Aslan Guest Speaker for Writers at York

Reza Aslan, internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions, will be discussing his New York Times Bestseller book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth as part of the prestigious Writers at York series.

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth shot to No.1 on the New York Times bestseller list after the infamous interview on Fox News. You can watch the video here.

Aslan’s first book is the International Bestseller, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, which has been translated into seventeen languages, and named one of the 100 most important books of the last decade. He is also the author of How to Win a Cosmic War (published in paperback as Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in a Globalized Age), as well as editor of two volumes: Tablet and Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East, and Muslims and Jews in America: Commonalties, Contentions, and Complexities.

Wednesday 26 March 2014

6.30 • York Medical Society

Stonegate, York, North Yorkshire YO1 8AW


Free event. No need to book, although you are welcome to join the Facebook event page or get an optional Eventbrite ticket.

SOAS Christian Muslim Dialogue Society Presents: An Evening with Reza Aslan

Reza Aslan caused an international media storm when his credentials to write on Jesus were called into question during a controversial interview on Fox News – the result was a number one New York Times bestseller and endless discussions about the book and the author. Reza Aslan examines Jesus within the context of the times in which he lived: the age of zealotry an era awash in apocalyptic fervour, when scores of would-be messiahs preached holy war against Roman occupation and were executed for sedition. Thurday 27 March 2014 19.00-21.00 FREE EVENT • Booking required SOAS Christian Muslim Dialogue Society Room V111 – SOAS, University of London Vernon Square Campus Penton Rise London WC1X 9EW RSVP by adding your name to

the list here For all other queries contact

Why Yemen Matters in 2014 and Beyond

To mark the publication of Why Yemen Matters: A Society in Transition, edited by Helen Lackner, the British-Yemeni Society and the London Middle East Institute at

SOAS are organising a half day seminar with the support of the MBI Al Jaber Foundation.

In November 2011, an agreement brokered by the GCC brought an end to Yemen’s tumultuous uprising. The National Dialogue Conference has opened a window of opportunity for change, bringing Yemen’s main political forces together with groups that were

politically marginalised. Yet, the risk of collapse is serious, and if Yemen is to remain a viable state, it must address numerous political, social, and economic challenges.

17 February 2014


Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS

£10, Students free; please e-mail to register

Followed by:


The BYS Annual Lecture by Ambassador Amat al-Alim Alsoswa: Yemen After the National Dialogue Conference, What Next?

Admission free

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Keep Your Eye On The Wall – Book Launch and discussion

How many ways are there of looking at a wall?

In a striking new book featuring specially commissioned images, including images by six renowned Palestinian photographers who interpret the ‘Separation Barrier’ that Israel continues to erect in the West Bank. The results, with accompanying texts by noted writers (and a foreword by distinguished author and human rights activist Raja Shehadeh), are by turns surprising, poignant, disturbing and humorous. The photographers whose work appears in the book are: Taysir Batniji, Raed Bawayah, Rula Halawani, Noel Jabbour , Raeda Saadeh, Steve Sabella and Kai Wiedenhoefer. Join us for a thought-provoking discussion between the book’s editors Olivia Snaije and Mitchell Albert and two of the books contributors Malu Halasa, a London-based cultural critic whose essay on the movement against aestheticising the Wall is featured in the book, and Berlin-based Steve Sabella, whose powerful images convey the fragmented state of the psyche in exile. Saturday 16 November 2013, 12pm. The Mosaic Rooms A.M. Qattan Foundation Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road London SW5 0SW FREE, More information