Arab Voices Community Calendar/Announcements

The events listed below are not necessarily endorsed or sponsored by Arab Voices. Listing them on this site is a service to the community to be aware of activities and events in the Greater Houston Area. To include an event on this calendar, send e-mail to info@arabvoices.net.
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  Last updated August 14, 2018

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August 3 & 17, 2018  -  In the Last Days of the City (Akher ayam el madina) Film Screening
Director Tamer El Said’s ambitious debut tells the fictional story of a Cairo filmmaker (Khalid Abdalla from The Kite Runner and The Square) struggling to capture the soul of a city while facing loss in his own life. Shot during the two years before the revolution in Egypt, this film-within-a film is a visually rich exploration of lives shaped by the shadows of war and adversity.
Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Friday, August 3, 2018: 7 p.m.
Friday, August 17, 2018: 7 p.m.
For tickets, please visit MFAH


August 19, 2018  -  Brain & Brawn Lecture by Dr. Fustok
“Brain and Brawn” lecture by Dr. Abdel Kader Fustok at Al-Sham Center
In this talk, Dr. Fustok explores mind-body symbiosis and the recent discoveries that are challenging the concept that our mind-brain and our physical being are two separate entities.
Date: Sunday, August 19, 2018
Time: 2:00 to 4:00 pm.
Al-Sham Center, 5729 Winsome Ln., Houston
If interested in attending, please RSVP here.

The Syrian American Club



August 22, 2018  -  Panel Discussion on Art, Activism, and Spirituality
The Station Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to announce an panel discussion on art, activism, and spirituality on Wednesday, August 22nd at 6:30pm.
This particular political moment has seen the overwhelming involvement of art and faith communities, both advocating various causes and making their positions known. It is, therefore, imperative to open up dialogue between faiths as well as between the art, activist, and spiritual spheres. Historically, art, activism, and religion/spirituality have had many moments of overlap. We hope to tease apart the ways in which these forces work together as well as how they contradict each other.
The participants will each give a brief introduction then we will launch into a panel discussion. If there’s time after the discussion, we will open up for question and answer.
Date: Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Time: 6:30PM
Location: Station Museum of Contemporary Art, 1502 Alabama St., Houston, TX 77004

Jessica Davenport
Jessica B. Davenport is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas where she graduated from the historic Little Rock Central High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Spelman College and a Master of Divinity with a certificate in Black Church Studies from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. Currently, Jessica is a doctoral student in African American Religion at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

David Leslie
David Leslie is currently the Executive Director of the Rothko Chapel—an interfaith space dedicated to human rights and the connection between spirituality and art located in Houston, Texas. Leslie’s vocational interest focuses largely on engaging religious communities within a multi-sector context on issues related to peace, justice, equity and human rights.
Nadeen Mustafa
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Nadeen Mustafa is a social impact professional, a women’s advocate, and leader in the Libyan-American and Muslim communities. Nadeen has done significant work with program and project management catalyzing grassroots change including serving as the President and on the board of directors for five years at the Libyan American Organization, the Campus ambassador for the Clinton Global Initiative, and the Global Ambassador for Libya at the World Affairs Council in Houston.
Matt Russell
Matt Russell is currently on staff at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Houston Texas as the Senior Associate Pastor, is the Co-Managing Director of projectCURATE a social action and racial equity non-profit, Executive Director of Iconoclast Artists, a creative writing program in Houston and Galveston’s urban schools and Assistant Professor of Recovery Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary.
For more information, visit http://stationmuseum.com/


August 25, 2018  -  Eid Ul Adha Carnival
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Time: 4 PM - 10 PM
Location: MAS Katy Center-Masjid ArRahman, 1800 Baker Rd, Houston, Texas 77094
For more information, visit www.maskaty.org/carnival.


August 31-September 3, 2018  -  MSA National Conference

This year's theme is Generation Thrive: Our Ancestors' Wildest Dreams!

Date: August 31, 2018 – September 3, 2018
Location: George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston 77010

For more information, visit


August 31-September 3, 2018  -  55th Annual ISNA Convention

Hosted by Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)
Date: August 31, 2018 – September 3, 2018
Location: George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston 77010

Discounted Early Bird Registration Fee until February 28, 2018:
Adult $ 89; Husband & Wife $ 170; University Student/ MSA $ 79; School Student/ MYNA $ 55; Children's Program $ 45; Babysitting $ 70; Group of 5 or more $ 75 per person, CSRL Banquet $ 200 per ticket
ISNA can provide a limited number of need based complimentary registrations for the convention. Please email us at convention@isna.net or call 317-838-8129

Hotel Rooms:
ISNA has arranged discounted hotel rooms at the Hilton Americas Hotel which is connected to George R. Brown Convention center. You will receive hotel room reservation information via email in September 2017.
Convention Bazaar:
A Bazaar (Trade Show) with more than 500 booths will be organized at this convention. At this trade show, a variety of merchandise will be available including clothing, books, audio-visual, etc. Contact akhan@isna.net for more information.




September 6, 2018  -  Religious Statecraft: The Politics of Islam in Iran

Featured Speaker: Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar, Ph.D.
Fellow, Center for the Middle East, Rice University’s Baker Institute

Date: Thursday, September 6, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University, Houston

Since Iran’s 1979 revolution, scholars and policymakers alike have tended to view Iranian political actors as religiously driven, dedicated to overturning the international order in accordance with a theologically prescribed outlook. In his latest book, “Religious Statecraft: The Politics of Islam in Iran,” Fellow for the Middle East Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar argues that such views have the link between religious ideology and political order in Iran backward. Through analysis of postrevolutionary Iranian media, recently declassified documents, theological journals and political memoirs, he explores half a century of shifting Islamist doctrines against the backdrop of Iran’s factional and international politics, demonstrating that religious narratives in Iran are highly influenced by politics and can change rapidly, frequently and dramatically according to elites’ threat perceptions.
At this event, Tabaar will present the key findings from his book, which constructs a new picture of Iranian politics in which power drives Islamist ideology.
A book signing will follow the presentation. Copies of “Religious Statecraft: The Politics of Islam in Iran” are available for advance purchase at a discounted price through the event registration page, with pickup at event check-in. A limited number of copies will also be available for purchase at the event via credit card only.
For more information, visit https://www.bakerinstitute.org/.


September 9, 2018  -  Young Muslims Quiz Competition


ICNA Houston is excited to announce the 22nd annual Young Muslims Quiz Competition. This is an Islamic Quiz Competition for children ages 4-16 which features competitions in knowledge, speech, qira'at, hifz, arts, poetry, a science fair, and much more!
Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018
Time: 9 AM - 4 PM
Location: Houston Community College West Loop Center, 5601 West Loop South Freeway, Houston, Texas 77081
Our mission is to give our future leaders an opportunity to learn and demonstrate their skills through fun, exciting competition with others their age.

Saturday, September 8, 2018
Houston Community College South Loop

Saturday, September 22, 2018
ISGH Masjid Hamza (TBD)

REGISTER: www.icnahouston.org/ymquiz/registration

SYLLABUS: www.icnahouston.org/ymquiz/syllabus
Competitors will be notified of any changes.

VOLUNTEER: www.icnahouston.org/ymquiz/volunteer/

#YMQuiz2018 #SharingIslam #ServingHumanity



September 21, 2018  -  Syrian American Club Scholarship Endowment Gala
Date: September 21, 2018
Location: Hilton Post Oak


October 13, 2018  -  ACC Annual Unity & Friendship Gala
Arab American Cultural & Community Center
This year we are highlighting the people and culture of Palestine!
Our Esteemed Honorees are:
Dr. Osama and Dr. Lilian Gaber
For Nora's Home for the Outstanding Community Service Award
Dr. Ussama Makdisi
For the Lifetime Achievement Award!
Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018
Location: Hilton Post Oak, Houston


October 20, 2018  -  Ben Qurrah Award Gala
The 11th Ben Qurrah Awards Gala will be honoring Dr. Fadlo Khuri and William Zoghbi.
Date: October 20, 2018
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: JW Marriott, 5150 Westheimer Rd., Houston
Click here for more information.


October 27, 2018  -  Im Hussein & Ajyal Theatrical Group: Double Trouble
For more information, visit https://www.imhussein.com/.


November 10-11, 2017  -  Islamic Arts Festival
Come and enjoy a unique family friendly festival. Experience the rich tradition of Arts in Islam. View Islamic calligraphy, woodwork, ceramic tiles and paintings from local artists! Experience the art of henna tattoo, Ebru and calligraphy. Interact with artists and take part in silent auction. Art activities for all ages. Enjoy ethnic food from Food Trucks.
Islamic Arts Festival is the biggest of its kind in the Americas! See over 10,000 sq feet of a variety of Islamic Art. This year the Festival will also feature "Refugee Art" from overseas and locally. Have a fun day with the family with kids activities, halal food trucks and great art.
Date: November 11-12, 2018
Location: Masjid Al Salam Champions Islamic Center, 16700 Old Louetta Rd, Houston 77070
Welcome all! Admissions Free!
For more information, click here.



Hall of Ancient Egypt
Permanent Collection
Safely ensconced in the Sahara desert, and drawing its lifeblood from the river Nile, ancient Egyptian civilization flourished for more than three millennia. A quintessential example of what archaeologists call a primary civilization,” ancient Egypt did not rely on inspiration from others to develop its own architecture, writing and religion—all of Egyptian culture was developed “in house.”

The themes of writing, religion, natural resources and of course mummification will be explored in this new permanent exhibition hall.

When: Members Preview: May 24-30, 2013; Public Opening: May 31, 2013
Location: Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston 77030

Ever since the late 18th century, the Western world has been exploring Egypt. This hall will present artifacts collected during these early days of investigations, and will also compare old-style archaeology with 21st-century approaches, such as using satellite imagery and remote sensing to locate and map ancient settlements. The Museum’s own mummy, Ankh Hap, will be moved to his new surroundings in time for the opening on May 24, 2013.

For more information, click here.

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