Current Lectures 2016 – 2017
Please note, lecture venues and starting times vary.
Dr Seth Priestman ‘Policing the Batinah? Late pre-Islamic Persian imperial expansion into the Arabian Peninsula: new evidence from Fulayj’. Dr Seth Priestman (University of Edinburgh) will speak about a newly discovered Sasanian military site in Oman. He has directed two seasons of excavations and fieldworks as part of a current project dealing with the wider frontiers of the Sasanian Empire. The site represents the first securely dated Sasanian site in Oman an the first anywhere facing directly into the Indian Ocean. It opens up new questions about Persian military expansion into Eastern Arabia shortly before the emergence of Islam. Thursday, 20 April 2017, Anglo-Omani Society, 34 Sackville Street, London W1S 3ED Jointly hosted with the Anglo-Omani Society.
Sara Alhamad ‘Arabia on a Plate: Eating and Sailing on the Trade Routes from the Gulf to the Red Sea Ports and Beyond’ Sara Alhamad, author of Cardamom and Lime: Recipes from the Arabian Gulf. Thursday, 18 May 2017, MBI Al Jaber Building, 21 Russell Square, London, 5.45 – 7.00 pm, Jointly hosted with the MBI Al Jaber Foundation. The event is open to the public and free to attend, but please book a place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Inaugural Beatrice de Cardi Lecture will be given by Carl Phillips on the work and legacy of Beatrice de Cardi in the Arabian Peninsula. Monday, 5 June 2017, Location and time TBC
Dr Nelida Fuccaro, Reader in the Modern History of the Middle East at SOAS, will speak about the social and cultural history of the Gulf’s oil industry. 15 June 2017, MBI Al Jaber Building, 21 Russell Square, London, 5.45 – 7.00 pm. Jointly hosted with the MBI Al Jaber Foundation. The event is open to the public and free to attend, but please book a place by emailing email@example.com.
Panel and Book Launch: The Emergence of the Gulf States (ed. J. Peterson)25 October 2016, 5.45 pm Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London . BFSA members are invited to attend the London book launch of John Peterson’s latest book The Emergence of the Gulf States, hosted by the London Middle East Institute and the Altajir Trust. Chaired by Charles Tripp, SOAS.
Dr St John Simpson on Postcards from Arabia BFSA Trustee and British Museum Curator St John Simpson talks about postcards from Arabia in the collection of the British Museum at our next lecture. Wednesday, June 22, 2016 .
Carl Phillips on Oman’s unique position in the archaeology of pre-Islamic Arabia. A joint lecture with the Anglo-Omani Society, this will be held at the Anglo-Omani Headquarters. Thursday, April 21, 2016
Prof Trevor Marchand on Architecture that ‘Fills the Eye’: building traditions in Highland Yemen.Prof. Trevor Marchand is Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology at SOAS. This talk will be hosted by the MBI Al Jaber Foundation but BFSA members are invited to attend. Thursday, March 17, 2016
Louis Allday: Digitising British Imperialism in the Gulf: The British Library Qatar Foundation Partnership. Louis Allday is a Gulf History and Arabic Language Specialist for the British Library-Qatar Foundation Partnership. This ongoing partnership has created the Qatar Digital Library (www.qdl.qa), a bilingual online portal that provides access to previously un-digitised British Library archive materials related to the history of the Persian Gulf and a selection of the Library’s Arabic scientific manuscripts.This will be a joint BFSA/MBI hosted talk. 15 October 2015
Networks of the Red Sea: travel, trade and connections An exciting day discussing the latest work on both sides of the Red Sea: excavations and research spanning five millennia of inter-regional activityFrom 09.45 Doors open for registration (please come prepared for variable a/c temperatures!)
10.00 – 10.15 Welcome
10.15 – 11.30 Claire Somaglino: Ayn Soukhna and exploring the Red Sea: from the reign of Khafre to the end of the XVIIIth Dynasty
11.30 – 12.00 coffee
12.00 – 13.15 Carl Phillips: The southern Red Sea coast of Arabia in the 2nd-1st millennium BC: relations between Arabia, Punt and Ethiopia
13.15 – 14.15 lunch – please make your own arrangements
14.15 – 15.30 Roberta Tomber: To east and west: the ins and outs of trade at Egypt’s Roman Red Sea ports
15.30 – 16.00 tea
16.00 – 17.15 Aylin Orbasli: Historic Towns of Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Coast: trade, pilgrimage, architecture and society
17.15 – 17.30 Q&ADr Aylin Orbasli is a Reader in Architectural Regeneration at Oxford Brookes University. She works as a heritage consultant, and researches the meaning and conservation of heritage in Islamic towns and settlements in ArabiaMr Carl Phillips is a Research Associate at CNRS Paris. He has excavated extensively in Yemen, Oman and the UAE. His current research includes connections along and across the Red SeaDr Claire Somaglino is an Associate Professor at Paris-Sorbonne (History Department), a member of IFAO and a member of the French-Egyptian archaeological mission to Ayn SoukhnaDr Roberta Tomber is a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Conservation and Scientific Research at the British Museum, and specializes in trade through the Red Sea. She was the co-director of the 2012 excavations at Quseir al-Qadim, Egypt.
The Art of Collecting
Prof. Khalili is a world-renowned scholar, collector and philanthropist. Since 1970 he has assembled eight of the world’s finest art collections, which include Islamic Art and art of the Hajj pilgrimage from 700 – 2000. These collections have contributed to more than 50 international exhibitions and items from the collections have been exhibited in museums worldwide including the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. In 1989 Prof.Khalili founded the Nasser D. Khalili Chair of Islamic Art and Archaeology at SOAS. In 1995 he founded the Maimonides Interfaith Foundation, a charity which promotes peace and understanding between Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
The Holy Land Lovingly Explored and Documented in the Late Ottoman Period
Dr Khatib explores the history of westerners’ observations of the Holy Land through his own remarkable collection of manuscripts, paintings, photographs and maps, which tell the story of a lasting fascination and a quest for understanding. Dr. Hisham Khatib was born in Acre, Palestine and spent his youth and early career in Jerusalem, where he was the city’s chief electrical engineer. One of the world’s leading energy experts and Honorary Vice Chairman of the World Energy Council, Dr. Khatib has published widely on energy matters and the global environment.
The Greening of Arabia: Water, Fossils and Early Peoples
Professor Michael Petraglia is Co-director of the Centre for Asian Archaeology, Art, and Culture at the University of Oxford and a Senior Research Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford. He will present some of his team’s research in the Palaeodeserts Project, focusing upon environmental change in the Arabian Desert.