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News from the Centre

The team at the Centre wish all of our friends and colleagues a relaxing and well-deserved Summer break. There are no events for the next three months – we will resume activities, online and in-person, in the Autumn.

However if you want to look back over the past year’s varied events then all of the 2020-21 CIS event videos are available on our ‘videos and podcasts’ page.

24 June 2022
Our Acting Director, Dr Paul Anderson, will talk this afternoon at the Cambridge University Arab Society on his research – ‘A New Silk Road? Mercantile Connections Across Asia’ The talk will take place at the Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies at 3pm in room 10. For more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/781081829723270?ref=newsfeed
21 June 2022
We cordially invite you to a new exhibition in Cambridge – the first solo show of Aman Aheer, titled ‘Man is Not a Bird’, at Saint Peter’s Church, Cambridge, opening from 2 July to 11 July 2022, curated by Eleanor Stephenson with commentary by the Centre’s Taushif Kara. This exhibition will showcase site-specific installations and paintings by Aman Aheer. Aheer has chosen to explore another facet of British street food culture – fried chicken. Aheer has meticulously excavated and preserved … to rebuild and recontextualise the chicken as an installation in a space once used for worship. Details here: https://teamup.com/event/show/id/S1P6yCrmEHmchC2vHVvCiiNSosRvQr
17 June 2022
The latest in our joint-sponsored ‘From Konkan to Coromandel’ series  – Arthur Millner talking about ‘A Cosmopolitan yet Local Tradition: Glazed Tiles in the Deccani Sultanates’ – is now available on our videos-and-podcasts page.
9 June 2022
Our Research Associate, Dr Taushif Kara, has been quoted by NBC news on the recent tensions between India and the Gulf – https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/india-rushes-contain-outrage-insulting-prophet-muhammad-remarks-rcna32726
22 Apr 2022
Great to see that our Teaching Associate, Yomna Helmy has just had her new paper “Maqāṣid al-Sharī‘a From Islamic Modernism to Theorizing Authoritarianism” published in the special issue of the American Journal of Islam and Society. It’s available on this link: https://www.ajis.org/index.php/ajiss/article/view/2934

About the Centre

The Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge is a research and outreach centre that aims to promote a constructive and critical understanding of the role of Islam and Muslims in wider society. One important focus of our work is Muslims in the UK and Europe, although we are also interested in Islam and Muslim communities in other parts of the world. We aspire, through rigorous research and dynamic public outreach, to disseminate knowledge and facilitate informed discussion between academics, policy-makers, the media, business and the public with an interest in Islam in the contemporary world.

The Centre of Islamic Studies is part of the University of Cambridge and is supported by a generous donation from Alwaleed Philanthropies.