Against a backdrop of Islamophobia, Europeans are increasingly airbrushing from history their cultural debt to the Muslim world. But this legacy lives on in some of Europe’s most recognisable buildings, from Notre-Dame Cathedral to the Houses of Parliament. This beautifully illustrated book reveals the Arab and Islamic roots of Europe’s architectural heritage.
Giuseppe Garibaldi, liberal and progressive, was called the “hero of two worlds” at the height of his fame in the nineteenth century. Before his campaigns to unify Italy, most notably his overthrow of the Bourbons in Sicily and Naples, he had spent twelve formative years fighting for a breakaway republic of Rio Grande in southern Brazil, and for Montevideo in the long Uruguayan civil war.
Join us live on September 24 with Ankit Panda, renowned security expert and author of Kim Jong Un and The Bomb, who will speak to Dr Patricia Lewis, former Director of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research and head of international security at Chatham House, about how this small nation became a nuclear power—and how we can learn to live with it.
Join Olivette Otele as she charts a 2,000-year history of African Europeans, deconstructing the widely held belief that Africans are a recent presence in Europe.
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar will talk with Guardian columnist Arwa Mahdawi about her new book, ‘This is What America Looks Like’. They will discuss what it means to be an immigrant and Muslim in the US today, the impending presidential election, standing up to Trump, and why now more than ever, it is important we celebrate our differences.
Priya Atwal’s talk shines a fresh light on the long-lost kingdom of the Sikh Empire, which was taken over by the English East India Company in 1849, looking beyond its founding father to restore the queens and princes to the story of its spectacular rise and fall. She will show how this story was part of a dramatic era in which new powers rose and upstart empires clashed, across South Asia.
Join acclaimed author and historian Professor Olivette Otele as she discusses her new book African Europeans: An Untold History with playwright, author and former Deputy Chair of the British Museum, Bonnie Greer.