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Aula Árabe Universitaria 4

From September 13, 2022 until April 18, 2023Check dates and times for each event.
Casa Árabe’s two headquarters (at Calle Alcalá, 62 in Madrid and Calle Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9 in Cordoba). Check dates and times for each event. Check entry conditions for each activity.

On September 26, this yearly conference series organized in collaboration with university programs in the Autonomous Region of Madrid and in Cordoba will be returning. With 13 sessions in all, it will be lasting until April 18, 2023.

At this fourth edition and throughout the academic year of 2022-23, Aula Árabe Universitaria 4 (AAU4) will be hosting 13 conferences in Madrid and three in Cordoba, where students will get the chance to delve further into the Arab and Islamic world.

The conferences will deal with a wide range of subjects involving the Arab and Islamic world, from ancient history to the modern day, including topics and speakers selected by the associated university programs in accordance with their curricular needs and interests.

The lecture series has been organized with the cooperation of the undergraduate and graduate university programs (including Master’s programs and doctorates) given at the universities in the Autonomous Region of Madrid (UAH, UAM, UCM, UC3M, Universidad Nebrija, Saint Louis University - Madrid Campus and URJC), in Cordoba (Loyola University and UCO) and in Segovia (IE University).

This year 22 university programs are participating (18 from Madrid, 3 from Cordoba and one from Segovia): 7 from UAM, 6 from UCM, 2 from UCO and one each from the universities of Alcalá de Henares, UC3M, IE University, Loyola de Andalucía, Nebrija, URJC and Saint Louis University’s Madrid Campus. Of these, 12 are MA programs, 9 are bachelor’s degree programs and 1 is a PhD program.

Aula Árabe Universitaria (AAU) is an inter-university cooperation program organized by Casa Árabe with the cooperation of universities in Madrid and Cordoba, with the goal of promoting knowledge about the Arab and Islamic world, as well as complementing and enriching the training given in the different associated university programs, encouraging dialogue between disciplines and offering students, faculty and researchers from these programs the chance to make contact with relevant international speakers and experts on different subjects and topics related to the Arab world.

The conferences will be held at Casa Árabe’s facilities, during the usual schedule for evening lectures (7:00 p.m.). They will be open to the general public with live translation when necessary. Students who have attended more than 50% of the conferences (6) will receive a certificate from Aula Árabe Universitaria.

In order to earn the certificate, they must sign up to receive the Casa Árabe Newsletter, indicating “Aula Árabe Universitaria” as one of their interests. By doing this, they will occasionally receive announcements and updates on the various AAU conferences.

Attendance at each conference is recorded with a stamp in the “Passport to the Arab World”, a personalized document given to them the first time they attend one of the conferences in the series. Those students who attend online will be able to have their attendance recorded through the chat space on Casa Árabe’s YouTube channel, where the conferences are shown.

This year, we will continue to be sistered with the program Aula Mediterrània, at the IEMed, a collaboration begun two years ago. Students from both programs can attend the respective conferences online, which will also be counted for certification purposes, in addition to those events organized jointly, thanks to the speaker exchange between the two programs.

Further information about AAU1 (2019-20), AAU2 (2020-21) and AAU3 (2021-22)
Aula Árabe Universitaria 4
  • Iraq nearly twenty years after its “liberation”

    September 26, 20227:00 p.m.
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:00 p.m. Free entry until the venue’s capacity is reached.
    On September 26, our program Aula Árabe Universitaria will be back with this conference, at which Iraqi activist Haifa Zangana will explain the current situation in the country. The event can be watched live on our Youtube channel (in Spanish and in English).
    We are just a few months away from the twentieth anniversary of the war in Iraq, launched by the US in March 2003, when it sent 160,000 soldiers with the support of the United Kingdom, Australia and Poland. According to the former president of the United States, George W. Bush, that invasion would lead to the “liberation of Iraq.” Two years later, during his speech at the Fort Bragg military base (you can watch the full speech in English by following this link), Bush argued that, as a pillar of his “war on terror,” eliminating terrorists who “know that as freedom takes root in Iraq, it will inspire millions throughout the Middle East to demand their freedom as well.” However, the reality in Iraq today is radically different, and the region, whose popular demands of 2011 have been silenced, is no better off politically, economically or socially.

    At this opening conference in the new Aula Árabe Universitaria 4 event series organized by Casa Árabe and held with the cooperation of the Master’s degree in Contemporary Arab and Islamic Studies (MEAIC) at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, analyst Hayder al-Khoei will be examining current event in this key country in the stability of the Middle East, in terms of the American concept of democracy, in a nation mired in internal struggles, fighting between armed militias, with a failed government plagued by corruption, and the state’s sovereignty violated on a daily basis. The author will be accompanied by Carmen Rodríguez, lecturer in the Department of Arab and Islamic Studies at the Autonomous University of Madrid, and Karim Hauser, Casa Árabe's International Relations Coordinator. Presented by Cristina Juarranz, Programming Coordinator and Assistant Director of Casa Árabe.

    Hayder al-Khoei is the head of external relations at the Al-Khoei Institute in Iraq, where his work focuses on intra- and inter-religious dialogue in the Middle East region. Prior to this, he was a member of the Middle East and North Africa programs at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and the European Council on Foreign Relations, where his research focused on political and security-related developments in Iraq and Syria. He earned a Master’s degree in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and another Master’s degree in Islamic Studies from the Islamic College of London.
Participating university programs

1 Bachelor’s degree in International Relations (UCM)
2 Master’s degree program on the “European Union and the Mediterranean: Historical, Cultural, Political, Economic and Social Basis”, UCM
3 Master’s degree in “International Politics: Sector and Area Studies,” UCM
4 Master’s degree in “Advanced Studies on Islam in Contemporary European Society,” UCM
5 Bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages, Universidad Nebrija
6 Bachelor’s degree program in Social and Cultural Anthropology, UAM
7 Master’s degree in “Contemporary Arab and Islamic Studies,” UAM
8 Master’s degree in “Film and Television,” UC3M
9 Master’s degree in “International Journalism,” URJC
10 Master’s degree in “International Relations and African Studies,” UAM
11 Bachelor’s degree in “Film and Culture,” UCO
12 Bachelor’s degree in “History - Medieval Archeology,” UCO
13 Master’s degree in “Political Science and Public Affairs,” Saint Louis University - Madrid Campus
14 Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, Loyola University
15 PhD program in “Science of Religions,” UCM
16 Master’s degree in “Science of Religions,” UCM
17 Master’s degree program on “The Medieval Iberian World: Hispania, Al-Andalus and Sefarad,” UAM
18 Master’s degree in “Intercultural Communication, Translation and Interpreting in Public Services,” UAH
19 Master’s degree in “Democracy and Government and South European Studies,” UAM
20 Bachelor’s degree program in “Philosophy, Politics and Economics,” UAM
21 Bachelor’s Degree in History, UAM
22 Arts & Humanities (several degree programs), IE University