Laila Parsons UK Events

We’re very excited to be welcoming Laila Parsons to the UK this month to talk about her book The Commander: Fawzi al-Qawuqji and the Fight for Arab Independence 1914-1948. The Commander is a well-crafted, definitive biography that tells Qawuqji’s dramatic story in the full context of his turbulent times and was recently crowned Winner of the Society for Military History’s 2017 Distinguished Book Award. Events will take place at the University of Oxford’s Middle East Centre on the 28 April and in London at the Arab British Centre and LMEI on the 2 May. Please see seperate websites for further details.

author photograph by Lea Grahovac

Hay Festival Programme Announced

Join Sabrina Mahfouz, Aliyah Hasinah Holder and Samira Shackle at Hay Festival this June

Event 415 • Saturday 3 June 2017, 10am • Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Mahfouz introduces her vibrant anthology The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write with two of her star contributors. Hear from users of Islamic Tinder, a disenchanted Maulana working as a TV chat show host and a plastic surgeon blackmailed by MI6. Follow the career of an actress with Middle Eastern heritage whose dreams of playing a ghostbuster spiral into repeat castings as a jihadi bride. Among stories of honour killings and ill-fated love in besieged locations, we also find heart-warming connections and powerful challenges to the status quo.

AWAN Festival March 2017

On March 11 Saqi author Sabrina Mahfouz will be taking part in a Q&A session at Rich Mix. Sabrina, editor of The Things I Would Tell You, will be in conversation as part of the Arab Women Artists Now festival that runs until March 19. AWAN, in its third year, is a dynamic and engaging showcase that celebrates Arab women artists from UK, Europe and beyond. Sabrina will be on stage at 18.30, the final session of a day filled with artist talks, documentary film screenings, spokenword poetry and video-art performance as AWAN take over the building from 11.30. Tickets cost £5 for the day and can be purchased here.

BBC Arabic Festival

On March 24 Saqi will be selling books at the BBC Arabic Festival’s opening day pop-up market. We will be at the Broadcasting House World Piazza alongside food stalls producing flavours from across the Arab World and the electrifying Syrian music duo Khaled Kurbeh and Raman Khalaf. The festival runs until March 30 and sees international filmmakers celebrating the Arab world. All events are free and include a diverse range of film screenings, Q&As, panel discussions and other special events. It promises to be a vibrant celebration of Arabic culture and we hope to see you there!

SOAS Centenary Event – Celebrating Palestinian Culture & Community in London

To celebrate their centenary SOAS will be hosting a day of food, music and comedy with accompanying lectures and film screenings concerning Palestinian culture on Saturday 25 February. Saqi will be there between 11.30am and 6.30pm selling a selection of titles with a Palestine focus. We look forwards to seeing you. For more details, visit the SOAS website.

Sara Khan and Tony McMahon in Conversation: The Battle for British Islam

Across Britain, Muslims are caught up in a battle over the very nature of their faith; and extremists appear to be gaining the upper hand. Join Sara Khan and Tony McMahon in conversation as they reveal why this is happening and what we, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, can do about it.

Waterstones Birmingham, 20 January 18:30 – see the Waterstones website for more info

Blackwell’s at the University of Bradford, 25 January 18:30 – see Eventbrite for more info

Sara Khan has spent the past decade campaigning for tolerance and equal rights within Muslim communities, and is now engaged in a new struggle for justice and understanding the urgent need to counter Islamist-inspired extremism.

Unafraid to tackle some of the pressing issues of our time, Sara Khan addresses the question of how to break the cycle of extremism without alienating British Muslims. She calls for all Britons to reject divisive ideologies and introduces us to those individuals who are striving to build a safer future.

‘This is an important book full of compelling, disturbing and inspirational material, required reading to understand what is happening in our midst and what we can do about it.’ Sunday Times

Listen to Sara Khan on BBC Radio 4, Start the Week as she discusses what Islam means in the modern world.