WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE RSAA?
The RSAA hosts free lectures for members every other week during term time. Lectures typically take place on a Wednesday in a Central London location, and if the lecture is at 1.15pm it is preceded by an optional buffet lunch. Wine is served before evening lectures.
In addition to the lecture programme, there are also a number of social events where members and their guests can meet others with similar interests.
Although a printed calendar is sent out to members, dates and venues are subject to change and additional events may be added to the calendar at short notice. It is therefore advisable to check this online calendar for the latest details.
WHAT'S GOING ON IN OCTOBER
9 October 2019
Hugh Leach Memorial Lecture: The Genealogy of Terror: how to distinguish between Islam, Islamism and Islamist Extremism
Speaker: Dr Matthew L N Wilkinson
Where: 1.15pm. Medical Society of London, Lettsom House, 11 Chandos Street, London W1
Dr Matthew L N Wilkinson will discuss not only what Mainstream Islam, Ideological Islamism and Islamist Extremism are in their broad philosophical characteristics and theological particulars, but also explain how and why they are both superficially related and yet essentially and fundamentally different. He illuminates the cast of characters and the development of their ideas that constitute Mainstream Islam, Ideological Islamism and the Non-Violent and Violent Islamist Extremists who constitute the Genealogy of Terror.
Dr Wilkinson is Senior Research Fellow at SOAS, University of London, and Associate Research Fellow of the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics and Public Life at the University of Oxford. He is Principal Investigator of Understanding Conversion to Islam in Prison programme, which researches the causes and consequences of conversion to Islam in prison and how inmates can derive rehabilitative benefit, and avoid any danger, from this religious choice. He has acted as an Expert Witness in Islamic Theology and Law in 27 counter-terrorism trials. His previous book, A Fresh Look at Islam in a Multi-Faith World: A philosophy for success through education (Routledge, 2015), was awarded the Cheryl Frank Memorial Prize (2014) as the most “creative and innovative” work of critical realist philosophy.
30 October 2019
A New Museum for Basrah
A talk by Sir Terence Clark KBE CMG CVO
Where: 7pm at the Medical Society of London, Lettsom House, 11 Chandos Street W1G 9EB
Basrah has had an association with Britain going back to the 17th century. In more recent times it has been occupied by British armed forces who conceived the idea of leaving a new museum as their legacy. It took over a decade to develop the project but Basrah’s new archaeological and historical museum is now a reality and a rare success story in this turbulent region.
Sir Terence Clark is a former Ambassador to Iraq and was Chairman of the Trustees of the Friends of the Basrah Museum from 2010-19.