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  2006 Jan - Feb - Mar - Apr - May - June - July - Aug - Sept - Oct - Nov - Dec  
  Dec 2006  
  till 7th 7 Oct to 7 December: Exhibition featuring 'word' based art drawn from ayagallery's (Click here for details).  


6.30 pm - PALESTINIAN COSTUMES and EMBROIDERY, by Shelagh Weir and Bella Freud.
Venue: Leighton House, 12 Holland Park Road, London W14 8LZ, Admission free

(Click here for details)

Annual Eid Dinner, Liberal Democrats Muslims Forum (Click here for details

  Nov 2006  
  10 5-11:30 pm - Love Music, Hate Islamophobia, Univ. of Westminster (click here for details)  
  daily 7 Oct to 7 December: Exhibition featuring 'word' based art drawn from ayagallery's (Click here for details).  
  5-7 2ND WORLD ISLAMIC ECONOMIC FORUM-ISLAMABAD, the Jinnah Convention Centre, Islamabad, Pakistan.
click here for details)
  8 Wed 7:30 pm - "The Right to Health in the Occupied Palestinian Territories: A clash
between power and responsibility
" Speaker, Hadas Ziv, Executive Director of Physicians for Human Rights -
Israel. A Public Lecture (admission free, donations welcome) Organised by Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) and Physicians for Human Rights - Israel. Venue: Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, London. www.map-uk.org and www.phr.org.il/phr/.  For further information contact:
MAP 020 7226 0880 - info@map-uk.org
  3-5 The Syrian Banking and Financial Services Conference 2006 on 'Integrating Syria into the Global Economy' in Damascus. (Click here for details)  
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  Oct 2006  
  21-22 10am-4pm Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October 2006 (click here for details)
Play: We are all asylum seekers - with internationally acclaimed playwright Kay Adshead
Crossroads Women�s Centre 230a Kentish Town Rd, NW5 2AB
  19 6.30pm  (Thursday): "Islamic Science and the Making of the European Renaissance" A lecture by Professor George Saliba Imperial College, London (Details)  

7pm - CAABU, SOAS Palestinian Society and Arab Media Watch in association with Pluto Books invite you to the launch of HAMAS: A BEGINNER'S GUIDE by Khaled Hroub, Room V111, Vernon Square Campus, Penton Rise, Islington London, WC1X 9EL (Nearest Tube-Kings Cross) - (Click here for details on the book and author).Click here for details on the book and author).

  18 Wed - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm - "The Shortest Route To Peace Is Through Jerusalem"
Conference hosted by The Muslim Parliament In association with Palestine Solidarity Campaign & Universal Peace Federation. (Speakers click here)
  11 7.30pm Baptist Memorial Church speaking on Iraq - open invitation (Click for details)  
  11 The British Syrian Society hosts the The Sir David Gore-Booth Memorial
Lecture in London Values, Democracy and the Crisis in the Middle East By The Rt Hon Lord Chris Patten of Barnes. (
Click here for details)
  10 7-9 pm. Can the UN bring real security to the Middle East?. Speakers- Bruce Kent, Chris Doyle- Director of CAABU, Betty Hunter- PSC.  Committee Room 14, House of Commons, London, SW1A. Open to all. For further information please contact Jim Addington (Chair of Action for UN Renewal) on 0208 399 2547.  
  7 Iftar Dinner by the British Arab medical Association, Al-Fawar restaurant, London. (Click here for details)  
  7 onward Exhibition featuring 'word' based art drawn from ayagallery's (Click here for details).  

The Gift of Sight fair, the Great Hall, Kensington Town Hall , Hornton St. off Kensington High Street , London W8. An annual fair in aid of St. John's Eye Hospital, Jerusalem.

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  Sept 2006  
  23 Join Tony Benn on the Peace Train (Click here for details)  
  16 Arab media Watch fund-raising dinner (click here for details)  
  15 The Awaited Messiah and the End of Time from a Christian, Jewish and Muslim Perspective - r Chris Hewer (click here for details)  
  15 Lecture by Frank Gardner on his outlook of the Middle East - the Brunei � Khalili Theatre at SOAS in Russell Square. (Frank Gardner � BBC security correspondent since 2002, was injured in Saudi Arabia and is confined to a wheel chair as a result).  

Reporter Frank Gardner � BBC security correspondent since 2002,  was injured in Saudi Arabia and is confined to a wheel chair as a result on his outlook of the Middle East on Friday 15th September at 7pm at the Brunei Khalili Theatre at SOAS, Russell Square. (Organised by The Egyptian, Arab & British Cultural Forum (Al Multaka). Admission free.

  Aug 2006  
  26-27 10.00-17.00 Souk, Scripts and Soundbites - Arab Weekend at the V&A
السبت والأحد 26 و 27 آب (أغسطس) 2006: احتفال الثقافة والفنون العربيّة- سوق عربي - كتابات وحكايات وموسيقى وأغاني عربيّة عروض مجانيّة للزائرين من جميع الأعمار
  5 (Sat) Demonstration arranged by the MCB, noon, Speakers corner, Hyde Park to Houses of Parliament (Click here for details)   
  5 National Emergency Demonstration, London - calling for an immediate, unconditional ceasefire in Lebanon and Gaza, the end of Israel's attacks and the end of Tony Blair's support for George Bush's wars. Dozens of coaches have already been booked to bring protestors to London. Everyone who is outraged by the barbarism we are witnessing in Lebanon and Gaza should support this demonstration. (Click here for details) - For Manchester assembly point click here  
  3 Day to stop the US-Backed Israeli Slaughter in Lebanon & Gaza - Israeli Embassy, 9am-7pm, 3 August 2006, Kensington High Street opposite Palace Green (the address of the Israeli Embassy), nearest tube Kensington High St: organised by Global Women Strike and Payday Men's Network (click here for details) - participating in a fast day called by Jews for Justice for Palestinians outside the Israeli Embassy. ALL ARE INVITED.  
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  July 2006  
  31 Living in the Jordan Valley.  An  illustrated talk by Judith Green. (Click here for details)  
  30 Rally in Trafalgar Square: Voices of Lebanon and Palestine (Details)  
  27-29 July Seminar on Arabian Studies, The British Museum, Call for papers  More NABA website  
  27 Poetry Evening, London (click here for details)  
  22 Demonstration against the war www.stopwar.org  
  7-9 Second BAFFOS Conference on the Health in Sudan  
  6-9 Islam Expo (click here for details)  
  2-6 Liverpool Arabic Art Festival. For details click English / Arabic  
  1 Oxford: The State of British Islam (Click here for details)  
  1 Annual Dinner of the British Arab Medical Association  
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  June  2006  
  30 The war widows of Iraq invasion (Click here for details)  
  30 5.30-7.00pm: Vigil in Parliament Square: Stop Israelis War Crimes (click here for details)  
  29 The challenges of Political Islam (click here for details)  
  Mar 2006  
  30 30 March - the Fourth General Arab Conference of Resistance of Occupation More information contact: Info@arabnc.org OR  Info@islamicnational.org  
  25-26 Art exhibition in ayat gallery Fulham Road London (down loadable file)  
  15 "Women's Studies in Egyptology: Egyptian Royal Women and Diplomatic Activity"  
  18 Stop the war - Assemble midday at Parliament Square ( www.stopthewar.org.uk)  
  18-19 BAFTA Arab Cinema Week  
  10-12 Muslims Scout  
  Dec 2005  
    Metropolitan Police Authority conference: 'Together Against Terror?' - online poll goes live.  
  July 2005  
  10 It Happened in a Time of Curfew: based on true stories from the intifada told with feeling and humour  
  2 Public Meeting of the Palestinian community UK    
  14-15 BAFOSS (British American Friends of Southern Sudan meeting, London  
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  June 2005    
  28 RAGHEB ALAMA At Royal Albert Hall 28th June performing in support of Children of the Middle East  
    Arab Art Festival, Liverpool (http://www.bluecoatartscentre.com/)  
  Feb/Mar 2005  
    Treasurer at Middle East February/March 2005
Introduction to Islamic Art
Turks:Culturama of Ottoman Artefacts and Objects; From AD 600 - 1600
    Doing Business in the Gulf, Seminar London 3 March 2005 by the Arab British Chamber of Commerce  

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  5 NABA Annual General Meetings, Manchester.  
    Calendar of Events on Other Related Websites  
    Arab Club of Britain  
    British Arab Medical Association  
    Friends of Libanon  

Middle-East Institute at SOAS


Monthly London Events (Courtesy of Mrs Muna Al-Nashashibi)
Dec 2005 to Jan 2005


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    18 Dec

6.30 pm - PALESTINIAN COSTUMES and EMBROIDERY, by Shelagh Weir and Bella Freud.
Venue: Leighton House, 12 Holland Park Road, London W14 8LZ, Admission free

(Click here for details)

Places are limited and must be booked by e-mail or telephone (An Arab-British Centre Event).
For further information  phone: 020 78321310   e-mail:info@arabbritishcentre.org.uk     
The talk will explore traditional women's costumes and embroidery, their cultural meaning and the potential of the craft for contemporary design.  Bella Freud is a fashion designer. She is also a Trustee and Co-founder
of the Hoping Foundation which supports Palestinian refugee children. (Shelagh Weir is a former Curator for the Middle East at the Museum of Mankind, British Museum.  She has published several books on Palestinian


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    Theatre Workshop - Buried Pasts -

We are all asylum seekers - with internationally acclaimed playwright Kay Adshead

10am-4pm Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October 2006
Crossroads Women�s Centre 230a Kentish Town Rd, NW5 2AB

** Entrance Caversham Rd ** Wheelchair accessible ** Nearest tube Kentish Town ** 

4pm Sunday 22 October street theatre @ Kentish Town tube 

Led by Kay Adshead of Mamaquillo, a woman-led theatre company which spotlights human rights abuses and author of the award winning Bogus Woman, this two-day workshop will focus on writing and performing street theatre. 

The workshop builds on over two years� experience of the Welcome to Fortress Europe theatre project at the Crossroads Women�s Centre. Countering often hostile media coverage of asylum seekers lives, which aims to divide us and hide what we all have in common, the project publicises the experiences of the All African Women�s Group, a self-help group of women seeking asylum. Using a cast of those with and without papers[1] the latest piece �Put Yourselves In Our Shoes� has been performed in schools, at public events and on the streets to great acclaim. Enthusiastic audience participation has been a hallmark of the performances with young people from eight year olds to sixth formers throwing themselves into roles that spoke to their experience or that of their family or mates. 

The weekend workshop will draw on the memories and lives of all participants, asylum seekers and 

non-asylum seekers and the ways in which we are all seeking asylum � that is trying to find protection and safety from harm. It will begin on Saturday with the performance of a new piece written by Kay Adshead and end with street theatre performed on Sunday 4pm at Kentish Town underground. 

All welcome but spaces limited so please call 020 7482 2496 to book a place (or for further details). 

Sponsored by Camden Council for Black History Month 
[1] People with and without immigration status in the UK


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    "Islamic Science and the Making of the European Renaissance"

A lecture by Professor George Saliba, 
Thursday 19th October 2006, 6.30pm
Imperial College, London

George Saliba is professor of Arabic and Islamic science in the Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University.

Prof Saliba studies the development of scientific ideas from late antiquity till early modern times, with a special focus on the various planetary theories that were developed within the Islamic civilization and the impact of such theories on early European astronomy. His most recent research deals with the latest findings regarding the transmission of astronomical and mathematical ideas from the Islamic world to Renaissance Europe during the late fifteenth century and throughout the sixteenth.

The lecture is open to the general public. Seating cannot be reserved. First come, first served basis. We suggest you arrive at least 20 mins early to avoid disappointment.

For more information contact : May Calil on calilm@caabu.org or 0207 832 1325

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Wed - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm - "The Shortest Route To Peace Is Through Jerusalem"

Conference hosted by The Muslim Parliament In association with Palestine Solidarity Campaign & Universal Peace Federation. (Speakers click here)


The Right Rev. Riah Abu El-Assal (Bishop of Jerusalem, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan)
Rabbi Jeffrey Newman
Ahlam Akram (Member of Arab-Jewish Forum, Joint-Action for Israeli-Palestinian Peace)
Dr. Ghayassuddin Siddiqui (Leader, Muslim Parliament)
Dr. Brian Klug (Research Fellow in Philosophy at St. Benet's Hall, Oxford Founder member of Jewish Forum for Justice and Human Rights)
Betty Hunter (Secretary, Palestine Solidarity Campaign)
Chris Coverdale (Action Against The War)
Julia Hauserman (Rights and Humanity)
John Rose (Author)
Rabbi Ahron Cohen (Neturei Karta)

Speakers panels convened by Margaret Ali and Soraya Boyd
Venue: 45 Crawford Place, London, W1H 4LP

RSVP to confirm attendance to Soraya Boyd 07906 435561
or email at soraya.boyd@ntlworld.com


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    Message from Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari, Secretary General, MCB

Dear Respected Brothers, Sisters and Colleagues, 

Asalaamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,

After praise to Allah and greetings of peace to our beloved Prophet Muhammad I pray that this finds you all in the best health and iman. 

I would have preferred to write my first letter as Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain to you in much better circumstances. However, the devastating Zionist war against the Lebanese and Palestinian people has made this letter an absolute necessity. 

Given the enormity of the crimes and the scale of destruction being visited upon the Lebanese and Palestinians a number of marches are planned in world cities including London on Saturday 5th August. The main purpose is to demonstrate support for the oppressed and protest against the unlimited support given by the US and British governments to the Israeli war. Without the military help and diplomatic cover of the US and several European governments Israel could never have wreaked such havoc and carnage that it currently does upon Lebanon and Palestine. 

Respected colleagues, our support for the people of Lebanon and Palestine is not in any way confined to Muslims or any sect. The fact is when the aggressors kill and maim they do not distinguish between Muslims and Christians or Sunni or Shi'i. It is for these reasons we urge you to offer salaat al-gha'ib for the martyrs of Lebanon and Palestine after salaat al-jumu'ah and also turn out in large numbers and participate in the Stop The War Coalition demonstration on Saturday. The assembly point will be Speaker's Corner in Hyde Park at noon on Saturday 5th August and there will be a peaceful march to Parliament Square where a rally will be held, insha' Allah. 

'And Allah hath full power and control over His affairs; but most among mankind know it not.' 

[Qur'an 12:21]

Your brother in Islam

Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari
Secretary General


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(Nearest tube Marble Arch)

* Spread the word among your friends, neighbours, work colleagues, fellow students.
* Phone or email the Stop the War office to get information about coaches in your area.
* Download the demonstration flyer from the Stop the War website (http://tinyurl.com/enffa), photocopy or print it, distribute it as widely as you can.
* Take leaflets to your local mosque, church, community centre etc. Leaflet tube and bus stations.

George Bush and Tony Blair insist the carnage must continue. They are rushing bunker busting bombs and laser guided missiles to Israel, which will be used to raise much of Lebanon to the ground. The UN describes what is taking place as "horrific". Half of those killed by Israel's bombs have been children (http://tinyurl.com/jq8xo). Gaza has been turned into "a prison with no way in or out, and no protection from an fearsome battery of drones, precision missiles, tank shells and artillery rounds", with once again children being the main victims. (http://tinyurl.com/ggael)

The rest of the world demands the slaughter stops now. On Saturday 5 August, we need the biggest possible expression of our disgust over Tony Blair's slavish support for Bush's endless wars and for our demand that Israel's attacks on Lebanon and Gaza end immediately.

(Nearest tube Marble Arch)
Called by Stop the War Coalition, CND, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, British Muslim Initiative, Lebanese community organisations.

If you haven't signed our letter to Tony Blair, add your name now here: http://tinyurl.com/rgdwt.

The letter is being signed at a rate of one name every 10 seconds. We handed it to 10 Downing Street with the first 10,000 signatures at the CEASE FIRE NOW rally in Whitehall on Friday 28 July. We will hand it in again with tens of thousands more names on the national emergency demonstration called for Saturday 5 August. Add your name now and join the demonstration on 5 August.

Manchester Assembly

Manchester coach to the London demonstration

3 pick-up points - leaving at:
7-00am Chorlton St Coach Station. Chorlton St. Manchester
7-10am Jaffa Cafe, Wilmslow Rd
7-15am Chorlton Library, Manchester Rd.

For details of telephone and online booking go to 
Tickets �20/�15/�10 concessions
Cheques to 'GMAW' PO box 111, Chorlton M21 OYX

email mark.krantz@ntlworld.com

Phone 020 7278 6694
Email office@stopwar.org.uk


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Israeli Embassy, 9am-7pm, 3 August 2006
Kensington High Street opposite Palace Green (the address of the Israeli Embassy), nearest tube Kensington High St

The Global Women Strike & Payday men�s network are participating in a fast day called by Jews for Justice for Palestinians outside the Israeli Embassy. ALL ARE INVITED.

JFJFP say:

The 3rd August coincides with the 9th Av, Tisha b'Av, in the Jewish calendar, the day when Jews remember their tragedies, particularly the destruction of both temples in Jerusalem. We shall be mourning both the deaths of all those killed in the current hostilities and what we regard as a violation of the universal Jewish humanitarian and ethical values by the Israeli government and armed forces policies and actions. 

Jewish people & others in the Strike & Payday are taking part on the basis that:

� We are outraged at the death, disability & destruction that Israel, on its own behalf and on behalf of the US which arm and defend them, are raining on Gaza and Lebanon, where again children and their carers and elderly people and people with disabilities who cannot run are the worst hit.

� The Israeli State says it intends to �turn the clock back in Lebanon by 20 years� telling us they will bomb their way back to Sabra and Shatila, the two camps where Israel arranged for hundreds of refugees to be raped and slaughtered � but this time, if we allow it, it would be genocide throughout the Middle East.

� Those among us who are Jewish must take the lead in opposing Israeli imperialism which has hidden & undermined the great tradition of Jewish struggle against all forms of racism, exploitation & state terrorism. This tradition has contributed to every movement for social advancement beginning with those with least, including our own movement.

� We cannot allow the Nazi holocaust to continue to be used by the Israeli state as an excuse for a holocaust against Arab people and its grab of Arab land and resources. We have only too often heard Zionists say that 'The only good Arab is a dead Arab.' We cannot allow the third largest military power in the world, backed by the US military machine, to occupy and destroy other countries.

� Every year when the Nazi Holocaust is remembered, people ask: how was this allowed to happen? It happened because when Jewish, Romany, lesbian and gay people, trade unionists, socialists and communists were put in the concentration camps, many in Britain and elsewhere who knew did little or nothing. We are not going to let this happen with the victims of Israel. Maybe this will be the beginning of not letting it happen anywhere, whoever perpetrates such horrors.

� These actions of Israel are one with the war in Iraq, controlling oil and water in the Middle East for the real axis of evil � US, Israel & the UK. We cannot oppose the Iraqi war and occupation and not oppose the Israeli war and occupation.

� We endorse an anti-war voice from Israel demanding an immediate end to Israeli war crimes: 

Enough! Israel is committing extensive war crimes. A country is in ruins, whole communities are being uprooted, thousands of families destroyed, hundreds of civilians killed, and thousands of civilians injured. No excuse can whitewash these crimes. The abduction of two soldiers, the killings in centres of dense population in the north of Israel, cannot cover the barbarity practised by Israel in Lebanon and at the same time in Gaza. Those crimes must be stopped. Right now!

Endorse online: http://www.petitiononline.com/laor/petition.html

� We must do everything we can to stop all killing, maiming and destruction. We hope that this fast outside the Israeli Embassy can become a rolling hunger strike in which all can participate


Global Women�s Strike www.globalwomenstrike.net 020 7486 2496

Payday www.refusingtokill.net 020 7209 4751


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Tony Benn and other speakers to be announced will be with us on the steps of St Martins in the Fields, Trafalgar square,  at 3 pm on June 23rd when we read out the names of iraqi widows and draw attention to this hidden and grossly neglected issue. We await these names now coming from our colleagues in Iraq.

Uncounted numbers of iraqi women are now widows or wives of the disappeared.

Sole supporters of families - children, elderly, sick, wounded, traumatized they are living in extreme poverty, and, as women  alone, vulnerable to human rights abuses of all kinds. Causing irrevocable  damage and deprivation of rights to their children.

There is barely a family in Iraq today that is not a family of widows - across the generations.

These women are key players in Iraq's recovery from years of oppression.

Their roles must be recognized, their needs addressed and their voices heard.

Please join us on Friday June 23rd , at 3 pm , on  International Widows Day, when we will be reading out the names of iraqi widows on the steps of st martins in the fields, Trafalgar  square. Please bring placards and banners!

 Margaret Owen
 Widows for Peace and Democracy
 36 faroe road
  london w14  0ep
 fax/tel: 44 (0)207 603 9733
 cell phone: 07770 945  916


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Vigil in Parliament Square Friday 30 June 2006 5:30 - 7pm.

The Israeli government have amassed troops on the outskirts of Gaza and are moving into Rafah, threatening invasion to rescue one Israeli soldier taken hostage on Sunday 25th June.

There are currently 300 Palestinian children (under 18's) and 100 Palestinian women being held hostages in Israeli prisons. They are among 9,000 Palestinians being held, many of whom are in administrative detention - i.e. without trial or charges. However Israeli leader Ehud Olmert says negotiations 'are not on the agenda'.

The Israeli army have killed 50 Palestinians since the beginning of this month. Any invasion will inevitably lead to many more Palestinians casualties. Since last night the Israeli army has destroyed the electricity supplies of over half of the Gaza Strip and is tightening its closure and strangulation of the area, thus committing an illegal act of collective punishment on the Palestinian Population. The situation is sure to get worse as Israeli tanks move into densely populated civilian areas, that have already suffered heavily from several months of daily shelling and closures.

The PSC is calling for a vigil against Israeli War Crimes and in support of Palestinian Human Rights this Friday (30th June) from 5:30 to 7pm in Parliament Square. We call on all supporters of Palestine to make their presence known in this current emergency. 

We would also like to ask you to please contact you MPs and ask them to protest at the attack on Gaza, to ask questions in Parliament and to the Foreign Office. The FO can be contacted directly too, as the actions of the Israeli State contravene International Law and the UK must stop these war crimes from happening.

For your MP:


and: 0207 219 3000

Foreign and Commonwealth Office
King Charles Street London SW1A 2AH
Tel: 020 7008 1500 
Fax: 020 7008 2144

نرجو منكم المشاركة في هذا الاعتصام الذي تنظمه الجمعية البريطانية للتضامن مع فلسطين 
بدعم من المنتدى الفلسطيني، ونأمل أن نرى حضورا فلسطينيا وعربيا مميزا

للتعبير عن تضامننا مع أهلنا في القطاع وللتنديد بالحملة الإجرامية التي تشنها دولة الاحتلال الصهيوني ضد أهلنا غزة ولمطالبة الحكومة البريطانية بالتدخل لوقف هذه الحملة والعمل على إطلاق سراح السجناء الفلسطينيين. كما نأمل منكم توقيع العريضة بهذا الخصوص على موقع جمعية التضامن المبين أدناه. 

زاهر بيراوي
يرجى التعميم على أوسع نطاق ممكن

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The aim of The Scout Association (TSA) is to promote the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential, as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities. 

The method of achieving the aim of the The Scout Association is by providing an enjoyable and attractive scheme of progressive training, based on the Scout Promise and Law, and guided by adult leadership. 

Muslim Scouting in the UK emerged in the late 1990's. It developed from a few Muslim Scout Leaders who believed the values of Scouting and who wanted the Muslim community to share in the benefits and fun of Scouting. In the last few years the idea of Scouting has gained a lot of support from the Muslim community. The Muslim Scout Fellowship (MSF) is the UK's official body for Muslim adults who are active in Scouting abd works under the umbrella of TSA. 


Muslim Scout Fellowship presents the second Muslim Scout Training course 

Date: 10th � 12th March 2006

Venue: Blackwell Court, near Bromsgrove, South of Birmingham

Training Module to be covered: 16 
* Module 16: Nights Away

This module will enable you to plan and run residential experiences for young people helping you to 
plan, develop and run exciting and safe activities outdoors. Further information about the training 
can be found at http://www.avonscouts.org.uk/adulttraining/ 

Target audience: over 17 year olds - to introduce Muslim Brothers and Sisters to Muslim 
Scouting/who wish to start Muslim Scout Groups or work as Scout Leaders 

Method: Residential Course
Cost: This price covers the cost of the training, accommodation and food

Registration before 17th February 2006 is �35.00 

Registration on or after 18th February 2006 is �40.00 

N.B. A deposit of �20.00 is required to secure your place. 

Registration is only acknowledged upon receipt of both the registration form and deposit. 

To register please email muslimscoutfellowship@googlemail.com and request a registration form 

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Summer Exhibition of The Arab Society at Imperial College

I am the president of Arabic Society at Imperial College, London, and have been looking for organisations that are based on Arabs, their culture, life and achievements. I came across your website and my attention was grabbed by the contents.

The Imperial College Union�Arabic Society is planning to hold an exhibition in the summer 2006 in which the works of talented Arab professionals and students may be showcased in order to celebrate their achievements and encourage other Arabs to follow their talents in various fields such as art, music, science and engineering. The aim is to celebrate the works of Arabs from both the past and present. 

We are currently looking for organisations and individuals to invite as participants in the exhibition and to present either their own work or the work of Arabs in the rich history of our civilisation. I would be grateful if you let me know whether you are in a position to contribute and participate in this exhibition in any way. Perhaps you�know very successful Arab doctors, dentists, pharmacists or scientists whom you feel would be able to�present their achievements at the exhibition.�Any contributing/ participating organisations will be acknowledged in all our advertisement material. The exhibition will be open to students from a range of London Universities and possibly their non-student friends and guests.

I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Yours faithfully

Khadijeh Mohri
President - Arabic Society

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    "Women's Studies in Egyptology: Egyptian Royal Women and Diplomatic Activity"

The next IDF presentation is this week, Wed 15, BUT this week it will take place in the **Civic Design lecture theatre** (number 67 on the Precinct Map), which is right next to the philosophy department. All presentations commence at 3:30pm Our speaker is Georgia Xekalaki (SACE, University of Liverpool).

"Women's Studies in Egyptology: Egyptian Royal Women and Diplomatic Activity"

From the 14th century B.C., archives from Egypt (Amarna) and abroad (Bogazk�y, Turkey) present evidence of royal women�s involvement in Egypt�s foreign policy in two ways. First, Egyptian royal ladies exchange letters with their contemporary foreign leaders. Secondly, foreign princesses marry Pharaohs as an alliance between their countries. The concept of �diplomatic marriage� and the position of these ladies in it, indicate the status of their country of origin,towards Egypt. 

This paper aims to establish the factors, which allowed Egyptian royal women to participate in diplomatic correspondence. The role played by the women in the court provides evidence that this right was largely based on the titles the ladies� bore, like - Great King�s Wife or King's Mother. The second section of the paper focuses on the Egypto- Hittite correspondence that concentrated on a diplomatic marriage between the Pharaoh Ramesses II and a Hittite princess. Given the importance of the Great King's Wife title as indicated above, the Hittites pressurised the Egyptians to establish this princess as the Great King's Wife in Egypt.

See you all there,
John Spencer
IFY Program Developer
Director, Interdisciplinary Forum
Department of Philosophy
University of Liverpool

PS All inquires to idf@liv.ac.uk. please do not reply to me. thanks.

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    Seminar for Arabian Studies 2006

From: "Seminar of Arabian Studies" <seminar.arab@durham.ac.uk>
Sent: Wednesday, December 14, 2005 2:55 PM
Subject: ***Seminar for Arabian Studies 2006***

Dear Colleague,

The 2005 Seminar was a great success and we are very pleased to announce that the 2006 Seminar will again be held at the British Museum. Details of the Seminar will be posted on the website www.arabianseminar.org.uk and further details will be sent out in April to all on this mailing list.

If you wish to give a paper this year please send a 200-word abstract
before the 15th of February 2006 for consideration. The abstract must set out what the paper intends to cover, the approach it will take and indicate the significance of the topic. Due to the limited time available, and the increasing number of abstracts we receive there is no guarantee that all abstracts will be accepted.

All abstracts received by the February deadline will be considered by the
Steering Committee in early March and will be selected on the basis of
quality, content, and importance of the topic. As in previous years we can normally only accept one paper from any given project.

This year accommodation for Seminar participants will again be in Aston
College UCL Student Halls of Residence. The accommodation in Aston College is basic but it is extremely good value for money in central London. Those wishing to stay there should note that we now have much less flexibility with accommodation and need to confirm the number of rooms by May 25th. Those wishing to book accommodation must therefore make a firm commitment as soon as possible, giving details of which nights they wish to stay.

The committee is very keen to widen participation at the Seminar, in particular to students, and we would be grateful if you would display the attached poster in your institution.

Images of last year's Seminar can be found at www.arabianseminar.org.uk/2005gallery.html.

If you know of anyone who would like to be added to the Seminar mailing
list please ask them to email or write to us and we will be happy to oblige.

Those who require an official invitation to the Seminar for visa or other reasons should let us know by April.

We will be contacting you again in April with further details. We very much hope that you will be able to join us at the 
British Museum and look forward to seeing you there.

Yours sincerely,

The Steering Committee
Derek Kennet (Chair), Ardle Mac Mahon (Secretary), Andrew Thompson
St John Simpson (Chief Editor), Robert Carter (Editor), Mark Beech, Nadia
Durrani, Robert Hoyland, Michael Macdonald, Venetia Porter, Lloyd Weeks.

**Seminar at The British Museum**
**Thursday 27th - Saturday 29th July 2006**

Seminar for Arabian Studies,
The British Museum,
c/o Asia Department,
Great Russell Street,
Tel: 0208-9853561
e-mail: seminar.arab@durham.ac.uk

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    Metropolitan Police Authority conference: 'Together Against Terror?' - online poll goes live.

5 December 2005

The Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) will be holding a one-day conference 'Together Against Terror?' on Monday 12 December 2005 with the aim of widening the London and national debate on how our society should respond to the 
terrorist threat.

We are inviting the public to join the debate by answering ten key questions, which will also be put to delegates on the day, published on the MPA website: www.mpa.gov.uk <http://www.mpa.gov.uk> Len Duvall, Chair of the Authority, said:

"The MPA's job is to consult with London's communities to find out what they expect from the police. By including public participation in the policing debate this event will signal an important step change and we urge Londoners to make their 
views known.

"It is crucial that we involve as many people as possible in this debate. To this end we have published a poll on the MPA website which we hope will provide important input from the public about how we, together with the police, 
should respond to the terrorist threat. The results of the poll, which is totally anonymous, will be collated and analysed by the MPA to produce a report (with recommendations) to be presented to the Full Authority meeting on 26 January 
2006. Copies of this report will be made widely available.

"Combating terrorism is not just a police responsibility. Everyone has a role to play and an opinion that should be heard. 

We have invited over a hundred people to take part in an informal debate on 12 December; this is an important new departure for the Authority and we are eager to hear peoples' views." Len Duvall continued:

"The MPA, together with the MPS, has been holding public discussions on issues around terrorism and community response since the atrocities of 7 July.

"The MPA hosted the 'Communities Together' conference on 11 July 2005 and promised 'to keep policing issues in the public eye'. The debate was progressed at the Full Authority on 27 October when Operation Kratos was discussed in 
public. Next week's conference aims to bring together work that has been undertaken since the London bombings and give new direction and impetus to our united fight against terrorism."
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My new play, It Happened In A Time Of Curfew  was especially commissioned by T Whittaker for this event.  It is based on true stories from the intifada told with feeling and humour.  It's a moving and thought provoking journey into the day-to-day lives of Palestinians and the soldiers who place them under siege.

a 40 minute play by Razanne Carmey
(Previous reviews:  "Funny, intelligent, go see it" Heart 106.2 - "Most watchable, Carmey keeps us guessing" Time Out - "This is edge of your seat stuff" Theatre Review -  "Razanne Carmey has become the foremost Palestinian playwright writing in English today" Paul Eisen DYR)

Starring: Nathan Rimell (Royal Shakespeare Company) Callum Walker, Llewellyn St David (Film: A Place to Stay and Ruffian By Joe Orton) Noeleen Comisky, Stevie Harris (BBC, ITV).
Directed by Khalil Heresh

The play will be followed by a Q&A session with Razanne Carmey and multi award-winning internationally famous  musician Gilad Atzmon  ... followed by a Jazz concert till midnight.

This is part of the week long 'Marxism 2005' featuring Harold Pinter, Tariq Ali and many more which you can find out more about at http://www.swp.org.uk/marxism/

At 8:30 Sunday 10th July 2005
Jeffery Hall, Institute of Education, Bedford Way, WC1 Directions and MAP below.
Tickets:  You can get evening tickets for �10/�5unwaged
Ring 020 7538 2707 or email info@marxism2005.net

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    Treasurer of the Middle East

Introduction to Islamic Art

When: Tuesday 22 February; and 1, 8 March; 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: Carlton Club, 69 St. James's Street; (Nearest tube: Green Park)
(Alert! The Carlton Club is a distinguished men's club with a strict dress code. Men-jacket and tie, women dress or 
tailored trousers, no jeans, no flip-flops, no cell-phones, no take-away drinks or food. Offenders will not be admitted. 
We are at risk of losing this delightful venue because of past offences. )
Cost: �80 

This short (3 half days) course will provide an introduction to arts of the Middle East during the Golden Age. We will look in particular at the gilded and enamelled glass, metalwork and ceramics in their cultural and historical perspective and how these arts inspired the workshops of Venice and the courts of Renaissance Europe. We are very lucky to have Rachel Ward as our lecturer for this series. She was the curator of the Arab and Turkish Islamic material at the British Museum until 2000 and is currently Director of the Royal Asiatic Society and lectures on Islamic Art and Archaeology at SOAS. We will have three lectures at the Carlton Club followed by a visit to the British Museum on 8 March. Limit 25 

Registration info: call Mouna Smith 07789 006155, or email mideast@kcwc.org.uk

Also, be sure not to miss: 

Turks: Culturama of Ottoman Artefacts and Objects; From AD 600 - 1600 

When: open till 12 April 2005
Where: The Royal Academy of Art, Piccadilly (Nearest tube: Green Park)

Taking visitors on an extraordinary journey, this is the first ever exhibition to explore the development of Turkic cultures, as they forged their way westwards across the eastern borders of Central Asia to the Balkans of Eastern Europe. This spectacular exhibition will be devoted to the artistic and cultural riches of the Turkish-speaking people. 
Loaned principally from the celebrated collections of the Topkapi Palace Museum and the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art of Istanbul. 350 objects will be displayed including paintings, textiles, carpets, sculptures, book illustration, calligraphy, woodwork, metalwork and ceramics. Many of the works have not been exhibited before outside of Turkey. 
The exhibition will comprise a wealth of materials stretching from the eastern borders of modern China to the Balkans in the west, examining the artistic achievement of regions controlled by the Turks.


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at the Royal Albert Hall 28 June 2005 is performing in London's Royal Albert Hall In order to add his voice to the support of Children of the Middle East, Ragheb Alama will now be performing a concert at the Royal Albert Hall on behalf of the Melkonian Foundation and the Egyptian Association in Great Britain. Mortality rates of children under-five in many parts of the Middle East have deteriorated considerably in recent years due to poor water supply, lack of sanitation, an inadequate health infrastructure and deepening poverty. It is estimated that the on-going support that the Melkonian Foundation provides is helping over 50,000 children to overcome conditions of appalling hardship. To book, please go to www.royalalberthall.com or call the box office on 020 7589 8212 But hurry! Tickets are being sold FAST!

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    Arab Art Festival, Liverpool

We would urge everyone to support this Festival which it is going from strength to strength.  It started as partnership called Nadey Al-Bluecoat between the Liverpool Yemeni Arabic Club and the Bluecoat Arts Centre. It is normally a month long of activities covering a variety of Cultural events, arts, singing, traditional and moderns dancing, heritage, architecture and music. It is the largest Arabic Arts Festival in the UK and probably in Europe.

Please cirulate this Email to all your friends and if they are interested they may contact the the Bluecoat at the email address below and be placed on the Bluecoat/Festival Database for future correspondence.


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    تحت شعار "سلاح المقاومة شرف الامة": الخميس القادم

انعقاد المؤتمر العربي العام لدعم المقاومة

سيشترك اكثر من 300 شخصية عربية من 17 دولة عربية وعدد من المهاجر في اعمال "المؤتمر العربي العام لدعم المقاومة" الذي سينعقد في فندق البريستول في بيروت طيلة يوم الخميس القادم في 30 آذار/ مارس الحالي تلبية لدعوة المؤتمر القومي العربي، والمؤتـمر القومي/ الاسلامي، والمؤتمر العام للاحزاب العربية

ويتضمن جدول اعمال المؤتمر جلسة افتتاحية، بالاضافة الى ثلاث جلسات عمل تناقش اوراقا حول "المقاومة في لبنان: دورها ومستقبلها" للدكتور نواف الموسوي مسؤول العلاقات الدولية في حزب الله، "المقاومة العربية في فلسطين والعراق ولبنان واثرها في المشهد السياسي العربي والدولي" للباحث والكاتب الاستاذ نصر شمالي عضو الامانة العامة للمؤتمر القومي العربي، والورقة الثالثة بعنوان " المقاومة والسيادة الوطنية والشرعية الدولية" للدكتور عبد الله الاشعل وكيل وزارة الخارجية المصرية سابقا.

كما سيصدر عن المؤتمر بيان ختامي يتضمن النتائج التي توصل اليها المؤتمرون.

بين الشحصيات المشاركة رؤساء جمهورية وبرلمانات وحكومة ووزراء سابقون ونواب حاليون وسابقون من عدة اقطار عربية ورؤساء احزاب عربية واتحادات ونقابات ومنابر اعلامية وثقافية من شتى الاقطار والمهاجر.
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    Souk, Scripts and Soundbites - Arab Weekend at the V&A
26-27 August 2006 10.00-17.00

احتفال الثقافة والفنون العربيّة
السبت والأحد 26 و 27 آب (أغسطس) 2006
سوق عربي - كتابات وحكايات وموسيقى وأغاني عربيّة عروض مجانيّة للزائرين من جميع الأعمار

Join us for a special weekend celebrating Arab art and culture - experience the sights and sounds of an Arab marketplace and enjoy events for all ages including:

Throughout the day

Traditional Arab storytelling and music Try Arabic writing and geometric designs Contribute to the decoration of our specially built Arabic fountain Mosaic demonstrations Try on Arabic fashions and have your photograph taken 


12.00 Le Grand Voyage - film screening
12.30  Middle Eastern street food - illustrated talk 13.00 & 15.00 Costume presentation from the Mansoojat Textiles and Costume Society 15.00 An audience with renowned novelist Adhaf Soueif (Sunday only) 14.00 & 16.00 Arabic music performance

No need to book - just come along!
Admission free

(Please note events are subject to change)

The V&A is the world�s greatest museum of art and design. This weekend is part of a series of special events for our new Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art. For more about the events and the new gallery, visit www.vam.ac.uk/islamicart

Victoria and Albert Museum
London SW7
[tube] South Kensington

The Jameel Gallery has been generously supported by the Jameel family This event weekend has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund

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    BAFTA Arab Cinema Weekend
18th-19th March 2006

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is hosting a showcase of the best in contemporary Arab cinema, in partnership with Zenith Foundation. For further information visit www.zenithfoundation.com and www.bafta.org

The British Academy of Film & Television Arts
195 Piccadilly
London, W1J 9LN
Tel: +44 [0]20 7734 0022

Booking information: tickets a! re �10 per film or �50 for a full festival pass. 
Please e-mail lubna@zenithfoundation.com to reserve your seats in advance or call Lubna on 07801821702. Tickets are also available to purchase from BAFTA on the day of the screenings.


I Love Cinema (Egypt) 
Playing like an Egpytian Cinema Paradiso, director Oussama Faouzi's I Love Cinema is one of the best and most entertaining ! films from the "Hollywood on the Nile" for many years.

Saturday 18 March: 13.00


Zaman, Man of the Reeds (Iraq)
A deceptively simple tale an elderly man forced to travel from his house in the country's South along the river Tigris to Baghdad to buy his ailing wife some medicine, director Amer Alwan films the man's lingering journey across the vast river was filmed with a panoramic beauty.

Saturday 18 March: 15.30

Passion (Syria)
Syrian director Mohammad Malas tackles the insipid rise of Islamic fundamentalism with great deft in Passion.

Saturday 18 March: 18.00
A Perfect Day (Lebanon)
Awarded the Fipresci Prize at the Locarno Film Festival, the second feature from artists and film-making team Khalil Joreige and Joana Hadjithomas marks an important step in the renaissance of post-civil war Lebanese cinema.

Saturday 18 March: 20.30

17th October, 1961 (Algeria)! 
An uncompromising thriller set against the backdrop of the Algerian war of independence, 17th Octobre 1961 depicts the events that led to the infamous, and still not officially recognised, massacre of hundreds of Algerian civilians on the streets of Paris.

Sunday 19 March: 12.00

Bosta (Lebanon)

A rip-roaring camp musical comedy, Bosta is a song and dance filled romp through modern day Lebanon. Following the exploits of a dance troupe shunned by the conservative authorities for their updated, dance music-scored take on the traditional Lebanese dance of dabke, Bosta is an unashamedly Beiruti take on Strictly Ballroom.

Sunday 19 March: 14.30

A State of Love (Egypt)
A box-office hit in its native Egypt, A State of Love is directed by Saad Hendawi and stars Hend Sabri, one of the most exciting Arab actress to emerge in recent years and arguably the best-equipped to repeat the cross-over succe! ss of Omar Sharif.

Sunday 19 March: 17.00

Mustapha Akkad Tribute
To commemorate the tragic death last year of producer-director Mustapha 
Akkad, we are pleased to hold a screening of Akkad's The Lion in the 

Sunday 19 March: 19.00
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Poetry Evening
 أمســـية شــعرية : يستضيف المنتدى الشاعر العراقي عبدالكريم كاصد: في امسية شعرية تقدمه الشاعرة وفاء عبدالرزاق 

 يوم الخميس المصادف 27 تموز 2006  الساعة 7 مساءً

 على قاعة  المركز البولوني The Polish Centre, Malinowa Room, 2nd Floor, 238-246 King Street , London W6 0RF, 
اقرب محطة انفاق:       Ravenscourt Park   أو  Hammersmith
الباصات:    266, 27, 190, 267, 290, 391, H91, 72, 220, 9, 295, 11, 10

الدعوة عامة - يرجى عدم اصطحاب الأطفال

    Abrar Discussions 

The Awaited Messiah and the End of Time from a Christian, Jewish and Muslim Perspective

Dr Chris Hewer
Sayed Ata'ollah Mohajerani
Third speaker: TBC

Tuesday, 19th September 2006 at 6.30pm

Venue: Abrar Foundation, 45 Crawford Place (off Edgware Road), London W1H 4LP

Dr Chris Hewer is Adviser on Inter-Faith Relations to the Bishop of Birmingham and a Visiting Lecturer in Christian-Muslim Studies at the Al- Mahdi Institute. He holds a Bachelor of Philosophy in Christian Reformation Theology, Master of Arts in Islamic Studies, Master of Philosophy in Islamic Education, and a PhD in Hermeneutics. His PhD thesis was a study of 20th century Islamic re-interpretation: a case study of Fazlur Rahman's hermeneutical theory. His areas of interest include: Theology of Christian-Muslim relations and inter-faith dialogue, hermeneutics, Fazlur Rahman, religious education in Britain.

Syed A. Mohajerani is currently Director of the International Centre for Dialogue Among Civilizations. He was the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance and government (Iran) Spokesperson between 1997-2000 in President Khatmami's Cabinet. He attained his PhD in History from Tarbyat Modaress University, Iran. He earned a MA in Iranian History and Culture from Shiraz University, Iran. He is also the author of 18 publications including A Critic on the Machination of the Satanic Verses, 1989.

Queries? Phone: 07939253638
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The 2nd World Islamic Economic Forum will be taking place in Islamabad "Unleashing the Potential of Emerging Markets" between 5th - 7th November 2006 at the Jinnah Convention Centre, Islamabad, Pakistan. Present will include many heads of state - I will forward you a registration form, and a hotel form�for the 2nd WIEF if you�wish to attend.�These will then be�submitted to the Pakistan Government. Another important point is that, we are having as our preliminary session, the WIEF Young Entrepreneurs Roundtable for young and dynamic Muslim entrepreneurs. We would be delighted to have a sizeable delegation from the UK to attend this Roundtable. I would�appreciate it if you could provide some�names for invitation. If you need to know more about the Forum and if you need more questions answered, do go to our official website www.wief.org.my at the FAQ section. Thank you and look forward to your prompt reply. �
Wassalam & Best regards,

Mohammed Abbasi & Fazil Irwan Mohd Som
for 2nd World Islamic Economic Forum
Tel: 0044 787 799 4766
Email: abbasimm@aol.com
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