Academic Year 2022-2023

Theatre Night with Khayaal

Friday 16th December 2022
6.00 P.M. – 9.00 P.M. (LONDON TIME)

133 High Road, The Islamic College London


Worth of a Pearl

King Mahmud devises a test of loyalty and devotion for select high-ranking officials of his royal court involving a lustrous pearl. A tale by Rumi.


The Thornseller

Down and out on the margins of society, our thorn seller and his wife live in abject poverty until the appearance of a heavenly bird sets off a chain of events that sends their fortunes soaring and plummeting in equal measure. The alchemy of character and intention lie at the heart of this tumultuous story from Iran.


The Indian Tree

An emissary is dispatched to India to seek out the tree of eternal life only to have his efforts frustrated and his assumptions challenged by initial failure before being rightly directed to his goal at the 11th hour.


Join us, for what is going to be memorable night filled with wisdom.


Date:                     Friday 16th December 2022

Time:                    6pm – 9pm

Location:               Allameh Tabataba’i Hall (old building), The Islamic College, 133 High Road, Willesden, London NW10 2SW

Ticket Price:           £5  (includes free complimentary light refreshments)



Terms & Conditions:

  • Tickets can be purchased via PayPal: (reference: Theatre Night). Alternatively, you can purchase your ticket via cash, credit card or bank transfer. For further enquiries contact Fatema Muraj.
  • Tickets cannot be exchanged, or money refunded unless the performance for which the ticket is purchased is cancelled.
  • Attendees must have a valid ticket to gain entry to the hall.
  • Only 1 admission per ticket.
  • Additional Guest (aged 16+) are welcome, subject to purchase of a valid ticket.
  • The doors of the hall will open at 6:45pm and the performance will start at 7:15pm(sharp).
  • Refreshments will be served before the performance from 6pm onwards.
  • Food and Drink will not be allowed inside the Allameh Tabataba’i Hall.

Building the “Silk Road” From Below: Arab Traders Between East and West Asia

A Talk by Dr Paul Anderson 

HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal University Associate Professor in Middle Eastern Studies

Assistant Director, HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies

Tuesday 13th December 2022
6.00 P.M. – 8.00 P.M. (LONDON TIME)

133 High Road, The Islamic College London


Friday 27th of May 2022

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm (UK Time)

Prophet Mohammad in the Eyes of Westerners

This talk offers an ethnographic account and theorisation of some of the commercial geographies and economic networks that have connected the market city of Yiwu in south-eastern China to the Middle East over the past two decades. Analysts have also often highlighted the Muslim and Arab ethnic nature of the transnational economic networks which connect Yiwu to markets across the Middle East. But rather than adopting a network governance approach which sees these networks as embedded in a shared culture or ethnicity which furnishes the possibility of trust, I adopt a structural analysis approach in which traders act as brokers, moving and mediating between different geographies.


Dr Paul Anderson is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge. He is a social anthropologist interested in the articulation of economic, moral and religious life. He has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Syria, Turkey, China and the UAE. His forthcoming book on Syria, published in March 2023 with Cornell University Press, is entitled Exchange Ideologies: Commerce, Language and Patriarchy in Pre-Conflict Aleppo.

Founding editor of the Islamic World Report, Reza Shah-Kazemi studied International Relations and Politics at Sussex and Exeter Universities before obtaining his PhD in Comparative Religion from the University of Kent in 1994. He has authored and translated several works, including, Paths to Transcendence: According to Shankara, Ibn Arabi and Meister Eckhart (World Wisdom, 2006); Justice and Remembrance: Introducing the Spirituality of Imam ‘Ali (I. B. Tauris, in association with The Institute of Ismaili Studies); Seeing God Everywhere: Quranic Perspectives on the Sanctity of Virgin Nature (Cambridge Central Mosque, 2019).

Formerly a Consultant to the Institute for Policy Research in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, Dr Shah-Kazemi is at present a Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Ismaili Studies, where he is editing the English translation and edition of the Great Islamic Encyclopaedia (from Persian).

Prophet Mohammad in the Eyes of Westerners

Prof Ali Paya


Lecturer: Professor Ali Paya

Thursday 2oth October 2022
6.00 P.M. – 8.00 P.M. (LONDON TIME)

133 High Road , The Islamic College London

Prophet Mohammad in the Eyes of Westerners

The story of how, only a few decades after the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) declared his mission until our time, some among those with the power to influence the masses, i.e. preachers, clerics, politicians, scholars, artists and in modern times, the media (of all sorts, books, journals, newspapers, radios and TVs, cinema, music), did their best to present a distorted portrait of the Prophet of Islam to Westerners, contains all elements of a powerful drama, including, fear, insecurity, hatred, jealousy, deceit, admiration, love, respect, and many more.

The aim of this talk is to present a brief, though objective and, it is hoped, informative as well as balanced account of the ways in which various personalities and institutions have represented the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) to Westerners throughout the ages.