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40th Anniversary of the ‘World of Islam Festival’

April 25, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Re-Visiting the World of Islam Festival’ - A 40th Anniversary Celebration

Our evening will look to celebrate and reflect with presentations and conversations with many of the original curators of the festival as well the architect of it all, Ahmed Paul Keeler. You are also invited to discuss the legacy and future of Islamic and Muslim heritage in Britain today.


  • Ahmed Keeler,
  • Dr. Muhammad Isa Waley,
  • Professor Salim Al-Hassani,
  • Dr. Karim Lahham
  • Professor Oliver Watson.

This unprecedented event in the history of Islamic arts and heritage in Britain was launched by the Queen in the spring of 1976. Bringing together over 6,000 objects from 30 countries, it organised 162 academic lectures, a six-part BBC documentary and numerous publications. Thirteen films were also commissioned to capture the different strands of the festival and not to mention the music concerts at the Albert Hall among many other national and International exhibitions.

The festival took place over three months not only in Britain’s most notable heritage and academic institutes but, simultaneously in many parts of the Middle East, Europe and America.

If you would like further information, or would like to share a story about the festival or a related collection/exhibition or archive, please contact: info@khizrafoundation.org

Organised by: Sadiya Ahmed, Everyday Muslim Heritage and Archive,
Dan Lowe, The British Library, Asian & African Studies, Curator of Arabic Collections

Nur Sobers-Khan, The British Library, Curator of South Asia Department


Everyday Muslim Heritage and Archive Initiative


Brunei Theatre, SOAS
Thornhaugh St
London, WC1H 0XG United Kingdom
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