ALC-ALIF Book Club: “The Handmaid’s Tale”

ALC-ALIF Book Club: “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Friday, Oct. 27 at 2 PM in Room 1

Are you a fan of the TV series, “The Handmaid’s Tale”? Whether you’ve seen it or not, join this week’s ALC-ALIF Book Club, as we read the book that the series is based on, written by Margaret Atwood. Through the discussion, we will explore themes of women in subjugation to misogyny in a patriarchal society and the various means by which women can gain individualism and independence. It will be an exciting conversation and everyone is welcome to join us.

ALC Drama Club: Tales from Muslim Heritage

ALC Drama Club: “Tales from Muslim Heritage”
Featuring Eleanor Martin and the Khayaal Theatre Company 
Tuesday, October 24 at 6:30 PM
ALIF Riad, 6 Derb Drissi, Batha, Fes Medina 

Our rich collection of tales from the length and breadth of the Muslim world will make you laugh, cry and soar on the wings of your imagination. Come join us for an inspiring shared experience of eloquence, creativity and beauty in performance by an acclaimed international artist.

Eleanor Martin, a professional actress and stage director with mainstream TV and film credits, has performed as a storyteller for the past 15 years. She employs a dramatic and physical multi-character role-playing performance style that has been described by audiences as mesmerising and imaginatively and spiritually nourishing and inspiring. She specialises in telling stories from Muslim heritage with a contemporary twist.

Khayaal Theatre Company, founded 1997, is an award-winning theatre company dedicated to the dramatic exploration of Muslim literature and the experience of Muslims in the modern world for the stage, film, radio and education. Over the past 20 years, we have reached audiences of all ages, cultures, ethnicities and faiths numbering in the tens of thousands, both nationally and internationally.

This performance is free and open to the general public.

ALC-ALIF Book Club: Honour

ALC-ALIF Book Club: Honour by Elif Shafak
Friday, October 20 at 4 PM in Room 1


This week’s Book Club discussion will be about the book, “Honour,” by Elif Shafak. The novel addresses the issue of honor killings of women in Turkish culture. According to the Guardian, “The author is an extremely popular novelist in Turkey, particularly loved by young, educated and newly independent women who appreciate her fusion of feminism and Sufism, her disarmingly quirky characters and the artful twists and turns of her epic romances.”

ALC ALIF Heritage Club: “Sacred Geometry, The Cosmic Order”

ALC ALIF Heritage Club: “Sacred Geometry, The Cosmic Order”
Lecture by Aiysha Amin
Monday, October 16 @ 6:15
ALC, Room 30, 2 Rue Ahmed Hiba, Fes Ville Nouvelle

“Allah created the heavens and the earth is True (proportions): verily in that is a Sign for those who believe” (29:44)

Through understanding the symbolism of Sacred Geometry we can begin to discover how the Divine wishes itself to be known; as the natural world is a product of the Divine imagination. Discover how geometry can also serve as the prism of interconnection and alignment with nature. The appreciation of the symbolism behind this beautiful language will also give students a better understanding of why Islamic Art has adopted it through the ages as a form of expression and bringing beauty and much needed joy into our world.
The sessions will be exploring the Divine order of nature and creating a better understanding of the fundamental patterns that shape our world and existence. Students will have the opportunity to engage in creative pattern making and four fold geometric construction.

Aiysha Amin
Aiysha graduated from The Princes School of Traditional Arts in 2013. She received training in many different forms of traditional disciplines, and the language that connects them all, such as sacred geometry, islimi or arabesque designs etc. After graduating she set out to travel for a year to several countries as a personal spiritual pilgrimage in order to connect with different intentional Sufi communities. It was during this time that she travelled to Saudi Arabia with her spiritual guide.
The journey opened up many vistas of understanding and more importantly brought to the surface pertinent questions pertaining to faith, spirituality, ritualistic practice and in general how we view and our relationship with the Sacred.
Aiysha’s recent collection which she has been working on for a year and a half deals with these themes and ideas; in an age in which the ‘sense’ of the Sacred is being lost, and only a few fragmented traces of origins of Sacred history and sites remain.

Alongside this deeply personal project Aiysha works for the Greensville Trust (Liverpool, England) where she has been curating an exhibition called The Prophetic Relics for the last two years.