Public Talks & Workshops

The Centre of Islamic Studies organises public talks and lectures on themes of topical and scholarly interest reflecting current issues in the Islamic world.

CIS Public Talks

The CIS Public Talks series addresses political, cultural, literary and artistic issues from the contemporary Middle East and the wider Muslim world. Our speakers are established academics, journalists, activists and artists who will share their insights and be happy to receive questions from the audience.

The talks are free and open to the public.
Venue (Covid-permitting!): Rooms 8/9 in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies on Sidgwick Avenue – otherwise these are available via Zoom.

Our talks for the coming term will be:

14/10/2021 – Prof. Abdelwahab El-Affendi and Dr Azmi Bishara on Standing the Democratic Transition Paradigm on its Head: New Reflections after the Arab Revolutions

28/10/2021 – Anver Emon on The challenge of thinking about “Islamic law”

11/11/2021 – Michael Cooperson – on Impostures

25/11/2021 – Dr Hussam Ahmed – on The Last Nahdawi: Taha Hussein and Institution Building in Egypt


To join remotely use this Zoom link (see individual events for detail on those which will also be available in person):


For information on our talks in the last term see here