Join Dr Rachel Scott (Travelling Concepts, King's College London) for a talk on the famous collection of fables known in Arabic as Kalila wa-Dimna, at the Shia Ithna'ashari Community of Middlesex (SICM), Mahfil Ali centre (see map). The talk will cover the collection's European reception, themes of community and friendship, exile, migration and belonging, and touching upon its relevance for contemporary audiences and modern society.
The SICM is a small organisation which was established in the early 1980s, primarily by a group of East African Asian immigrants to facilitate an understanding of Islamic socio-political, religious and spiritual ideas. It has since grown into a wider group serving not only the East African community, but others in the Middlesex area. It is currently embarking on developing The Salaam Centre - a vision for a pluralist society where we can contribute to the outcomes of the local community. The centre will have a prayer hall but is primarily a community centre open and inviting to all, with features including sports hall, gyms, restaurant, gardens, play areas, games room, interfaith prayer area, conference facilities etc. You can see more at www.thesalaamcentre.com.
This is a free event, please just come along. Participants arriving for prayers should come for 8pm, people arriving just for the talk for 8.20pm. The talk will start at 8.30pm.
Part of the Language Acts and Worldmaking Worldmaking Fair.