The landscape of Arab Publications: Challenges and Opportunities

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January 31, 2018
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Arabic History / Studies, Contemporary History, Cultural History / Studies, Middle East History / Studies, Social Sciences

The Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations cordially invites you to join us in celebrating the online launch of the Muslim Civilisations Abstracts Project (MCA).

To mark the occasion, AKU-ISMC presents a roundtable discussion The Landscape of Arab Publications: Challenges and Opportunities. As a part of the MCA’s series Producing Knowledge in Diverse Muslim Contexts: Mechanisms, fields, Challenges and Opportunities, this event aims to analyse in depth the mechanisms of producing knowledge in Arab countries by looking at their publication sector as a manifestation of the modern Arabic intellectual efforts.

Our speakers will present a critical and rigorous overview of the publication industry over the last few decades, an up-to-date understanding of its current status and insights into the intellectual life in Arab countries. Censorship, legislations, piracy, low readership rates, lack of appreciation, Arab Springs and other factors will be problematised and examined against the lack of international recognition, weakness of translation from or into Arabic, and hence the restrictions of intellectual exchanges with the rest of the world and the possible solutions to overcome such hindrances.

Following the talk, our audience is welcome to join our speakers for a networking dinner.

Download the Programme.

Dr Leif Stenberg: The Director of AKU-ISMC in London and a Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the Aga Khan University.

Mr André Gaspard: The founder of the Middle East specialist Saqi bookshop and publishing houses in London and Beirut.

Dr Mohammed Al-Mahfali: Researcher at the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, LU on a fellowship from International Institute for Education, Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF).

Dr Walid Ghali: The Head Librarian for the joint library of the Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations and the Institute of Ismaili Studies.

Dr Charlotte Whiting: The Manager of AKU-ISMC’s Publications Department as well as the Governance in Muslim Contexts Programme.

Mr Mohamad Meqdad: The Arabic Editor of the Muslim Civilisations Abstracts Project.

Time and Venue
Wednesday 31 January 2018, 18.00 - 20.00

The Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations

210 Euston Rd, London, NW1 2DA (Room 2.1)

This event is free but booking is essential: 

To attend in person, please click here.
To attend online, please click here.


Contact Info: 

Layal Mohammad
Coordinator, Marketing, Communications and Professional Programmes
Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (ISMC)
Aga Khan University (International) in the United Kingdom
210 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DA


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