Skip to main content


Maqam for Arabic Studies launch event

Event details

Maqam for Arabic Studies (MAS) is an interdisciplinary research and teaching centre established in 2020 to serve as a platform for activities related to teaching Arabic as a foreign language and developing teaching methods at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter. Maqam has expanded later to include research on Arabic Linguistics, Arabic Literature and Translation. The centre hosted the 3rd Biennial Arabic Language Teaching& Learning in the UK Higher Education Conference in April 2021 and will be hosting a workshop on Decolonising Arabic Teaching in the UK in September 2022.

Launching day: Thursday 24th March from 17:30 until 19:00


17:30 – 17:40 Welcome and Introduction. Sajjad Rizvi Professor of Islamic Intellectual History and Islamic Studies, Institute Director.

17:40– 18:00 Popeye and Curly. Emily Selove Senior Lecturer in Medieval Arabic Literature

18:00 – 18:15 The Book of Sorrows A poem by Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi translated and made to into film. Bryar Bajalan Writer, poet, film maker and PhD Candidate at IAIS

18:15 – 18:30 A Bird is Not a Stone Poetry Reading in English & Arabic.  Abla Oudeh Senior Lecturer, in Arabic studies, Thasnima Kamali, MArabic final year student

18:30 – 19:30 Dinner and Music at the Common room.  Music by Ozgur Sevim, MA Kurdish Studies


IAIS Building/LT2