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Winter Gathering 2014: Acts of Imagination


Friday 5 — Sunday 7 Dec 2014, 09:00 — 23:00


Sarum College
19 The Cl, Salisbury SP1 2EE

Fellows and friends of the Muslim Institute are invited to book their places now for the Sixth Muslim Institute Winter Gathering


The theme for this year is 'Acts of Imagination' as we celebrate, interrogate and analyse the role of the arts in Muslim communities, histories, hearts and minds. Writers, artists, performers and poets will explore the Muslim World's relationship with its imagination, art and the politics of resistance, and the future of creativity in the narratives of Islam lived today. An artist in residence will capture the gathering's debates and discussions. 

As before our base is Sarum College, which offers friendly, comfortable accommodation in single, twin and double rooms, mostly en-suite, and all halal catering. The weekend - inclusive of accommodation, all meals and refreshments from registration at 4-6pm on Friday 5 December through to lunch on Sunday 7 December - is FREE for Fellows.

Non-Fellows will need to arrange and pay for their own accommodation, as well as pay a booking fee of £50.

We reserve the right to charge a cancellation fee of £50 as appropriate.

Accommodation in Sarum College is limited. Book soon to be sure of your place. Further accommodation is available nearby on a bed and breakfast basis. We can supply a list of local bed and breakfast establishments, however, it will be up to you to make your own bookings and be responsible for your own accommodation costs. All other meals and refreshments are inclusive in the booking fee and will be provided at Sarum College. Fellows using bed and breakfast places will be reimbursed.

Prayer facilities will be available.

For further information and to secure your place please email

Muslim Institute 6th Winter Gathering

5-7 December 2014

Sarum College, Salisbury

Theme: Acts of Imagination

Artist in Residence: Tasnim Baghdadi

Friday December 5

4-6pm              Registration

7-8pm              Dinner

8-10pm            Opening Keynote: Imagination and the Muslim World

A Performative Lecture by Mark Gonzales, with Tasnim Baghdadi

Chair: Merryl Wyn Davies

Saturday, December 6

9.30-11.00   Cultural Wars

Onur Suzan Nobrega explores contending modernities, postmodernism, secularism and Islam

Chair: Hassan Mahamdallie

11.00-11.30     Coffee Break

11.30-1.00       Opening the Gates: The New Citadels of Culture

Boyd Tonkin reflects on the invention of heritage and architecture of cultural power in the Gulf States

Chair: Suniya Qureshi

1.00-2.00         Lunch

2.00-3.30         Soul in the City: Art and Urban Spiritual Renewal

Visual artist Mohammed Ali, also known as ‘Aerosolarabic’, Explores New Forms of Art and City Life

Chair: Farhan Chatta

3.30-4.00         Coffee Break 

4.00-5.30         The Last Poets? - Islam and hip hop

Rakin Fetuga, founder of pioneering UK hip hop group Mecca 2 Medina discusses his journey from hip hop to Islamic hip hop.

Chair: Samia Rahman

7.00-8.00         Dinner

8.00-9.30         Saturday Night Scratch

A brief musical history of Muslims and Hip Hop, curated by Rakin Fetuga, founder of UK hip hop group Mecca2Medina. With live mix performances by artists and friends tbc. Followed by a Q & A

Sunday, December 7

9.30-11.00       The Madman and the Night: examining the sources

Short story writer and critic Aamer Hussein looks at the borrowings from various Islamic/Indic genres in his fiction.

Chair: Ehsan Masood

11.00-11.15     Coffee Break

11.15-12.30     Panel: Art and the Future

Mark Gonzales, Boyd Tonkin and Ani Zonneveld (Muslims for Progressive Values, USA)

Chair:  Halima Gosai Hussain

12.30-1.00       Resident Artist reveals her work and Muslim Institute’s Next Year Programme

Chair: Hassan Mahamdallie

1.00-2.00         Lunch & Departure