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Winter Gathering 2019: Iran - The Revolution Goes Wrong


Friday 22 — Sunday 24 Nov 2019, 16:00 — 14:00


Sarum College, Salisbury


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Winter Gathering 2019: Iran - The Revolution Goes Wrong

Fellows and friends of the Muslim Institute are invited to book their places now for the Eleventh Annual Muslim Institute Winter Gathering. Marking the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, this year the theme is 'Iran: The Revolution Goes Wrong'. Speakers and sessions will explore the impact of the overthrow of the last monarch of Iran and his replacement with an Islamic Republic, and the way in which events 40 years ago have shaped Iranian society today.

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 22 November through to lunch on Sunday 24 November - is FREE for Fellows. PLEASE NOTE ACCOMMODATION AT SARUM COLLEGE IS NOW FULLY ALLOCATED.

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.



Friday 22 November

- 4pm registration opens

- 7pm: Dinner

- 8-10pm: 'Mansha e Elahi' Iranian Cinema's Divine Origin 

Schokofeh Kamiz looks at the way film has reflected changes in society over the past four decades, and the challenges faced by Iranian cinema in the Islamic republic.


Saturday 23 November

- 8am: Breakfast

- 9.30-10.45am: Bukhara and Khiva: Historic Twins, or Curious Rivals on the Silk Road

Iftikhar Malik explores Bukhara and Khiva in reference to history, saints, scholars and slaves.

- 10.45-11am: Break

- 11am-12.30pm: Islamic "Refolution":  Birth, Rebirth, Death, Afterlife

Mohammad Nafissi explores the politics-religion interface at four points:  Islamic "Refolution":  Birth, Rebirth, Death, Afterlife.   

- 12.30-2.15pm: Lunch

- 2.15-3.30pm: Don't Believe a Word

David Shariatmadari remembers his father's experience of estrangement from Iran and how it informed his study of language.

- 3.30-3.45pm: Break

- 3.45-5pm: Escape Through Pleasure

Rim Jasmin Irscheid takes us on a journey through Iran's illegal dance scene

- 5-6.30pm: Break

- 6.30pm: Dinner

- 8pm: A Very British Muslim Activist

An evening of readings, performance and song to launch the biography of Muslim Institute co-founder Dr Ghayasuddin Siddiqui, including Q&A with author C Scott Jordan.


Sunday 24 November

- 8am: Breakfast

- 9.45-11am: Activism in Iran

Roja Fazaeli looks at Islamic feminism and human rights activism in Iran.

- 11-11.15am: Break

- 11.15-12.30: Sound Remains

Aida Balafkan listens to sounds and memories of the Revolution, then and now.

- 12.30-1pm: MI Future Programmes with Samia Rahman

- 1pm: Lunch and depart