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The MBI Al Jaber Lecture Series 2017/18

The MBI Al Jaber Foundation will be hosting its fourth lecture series during the 2017-18 academic year, after the completion of three very successful and interesting programmes. The lectures will be held at the MBI Al Jaber Building, London Middle East Institute, SOAS at 5.45pm on the third Thursday of the month from October 2017 to June 2018 (excluding December). As usual, they will cover an exciting range of topics including the media, politics, archaeology, architecture, art and culture of the Middle East and North Africa region, reflecting the three areas (education, good governance and cultural dialogue) in which the Foundation operates. Our speakers, highly regarded academics, journalists, political commentators and archaeologists, will include Shane Stevenson, Oxfam’s Country Director for Yemen; Chris Doyle, Director of the Council for Arab British Understanding (CAABU) and Dr Paul Collins, Chair of the British Institute for the Study of Iraq (BISI).

We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday 21st June 2018, 5.45pm

Palaces and Water in the Early Alhambra

Anna McSweeney, Lecturer in Art History at the University of Sussex

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A full schedule of forthcoming lectures is available here.

In order to reserve a seat for the lectures, please email as seating is limited.

Please note that the views expressed by the speakers in this lecture series should not be interpreted as views held by the MBI Al Jaber Foundation.

Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th August 2018

Seminar for Arabian Studies

Every year, the MBI Al Jaber Foundation sponsors the Seminar for Arabian Studies organised by the British Foundation for the Study of Arabia (BFSA). The Seminar is the only annual International forum entirely dedicated to the latest outcomes of academic research on the Arabian Peninsula. The subjects covered include archaeology, history, epigraphy, languages, literature, art, culture, ethnography, geography and many more.

The three-day conference is held at the British Museum and the proceedings are published the following year. Between 50 and 60 papers are presented each year, together with many posters. Over 200 scholars and students from countries throughout the world attend the event. Anyone that is interested can apply to attend. This year’s Seminar will take place on Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th August.

If you wish to take part, please register via the BFSA’s website:

Saturday 4th August 2018, 6pm

MBI Al Jaber Lecture at the Seminar for Arabian Studies

The MBI Al Jaber Lecture at the 2018 Seminar for Arabian Studies will be delivered by Professor Robert Carter, Professorial Research Fellow in Arabian and Middle Eastern Archaeology at UCL Qatar. His lecture “Neither the Desert nor the Sown: the Towns of the Arabian Gulf from the 18th to the 20th Centuries AD” will deal with the urban development of towns in the Gulf region. It will take place on Saturday 4th August 2018 at 6pm in the Clore Education Centre at the British Museum.

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The lecture is free but places must be booked in advance. If you wish to take part to the MBI Al Jaber Lecture, please visit The British Museum’s website:



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