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April 2018

Opening Night Gala with Elif Shafak and Reem Kelani

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Auditorium, Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road
King's Cross, London, NW1 2DB United Kingdom
£12.50

Launching the UK’s first festival dedicated to culture and ideas from Muslim communities, award-winning novelist Elif Shafak will deliver a key note speech after music by acclaimed Palestinian musician Reem Kelani. The evening ends with…

Don’t Panic, I’m Islamic

April 27 @ 8:15 pm - 9:45 pm
£12.50

A stand-up comedy night with some of the contributors from Don’t Panic, I’m Islamic, a book commissioned in response to the US travel ban, it includes memoir, short stories that are provocative and at times…

Interactive Kathak Dance with Amina Khayyam

April 28 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Eliot Room, Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road
King's Cross, London, NW1 2DB United Kingdom
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Free - £5

After it was discouraged by the British during the colonisation of India, Kathak revival movements were co-developed by Muslim and Hindu artists. It is a dance form famed for its storytelling power and likely evolved…

Forgotten Histories: The Muslim Heroes of World War One

April 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Auditorium, Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road
King's Cross, London, NW1 2DB United Kingdom
£5

Hear the founder of Forgotten Heroes 14-19 Foundation, Luc Ferrier, describe how he came across his great grandfather's First World War diaries, in which he read about the "Mohammedans" he encountered in the trenches. Ferrier…

Spicing Up Sci-fi: The Dunes Strike Back

April 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Auditorium, Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road
King's Cross, London, NW1 2DB United Kingdom
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£5

Dune, Frank Herbet’s epic science fiction novel, loaded with Islamic etymology, centres on a power struggle to control ‘the spice’ – an enduring ecological metaphor that still resonates today. What fresh insights are emerging from…

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