Courses for the General Public

Throughout the year, NVIC offers courses that are open to the general public. The following courses are now open for registration: Intensive Beginner's Course Egyptian Colloquial Arabic and Survival Arabic Group Lessons.

Weekly Lectures & Films

The NVIC organises weekly lectures (on Thursday) and films (on Sunday) on a variety of subjects. We are looking forward to welcoming you at the institute!


Study Abroad Festival Leiden

Our Assistant Director, Ifdal Elsaket, attended the Study Abroad Festival in Leiden on the 14th of October this year. There she told students about the various study programmes available at the NVIC.

3-8 December 2016 Workshop: "Islamic Studies in the West: An interdisciplinary perspective"

In collaboration with the Islamic and Arabic Studies department at the University of Utrecht, the NVIC is pleased to invite Al-Azhar alumni and research staff members to apply for the workshop: " Islamic Studies in the West: An interdisciplinary Perspective " from 3-8 December 2016 at the institute. The workshop brings together academics from Dutch universitites and Al-Azhar University to explore the current interdisciplinary features of Islamic Studies in the West. The programme seeks to enhance dialogue between academic colleagues and young researchers by creating a forum where scholarly issues in the field of Islamic Studies, history and civilisation can be discussed.

The Cleveringa lecture and colloquium at NVIC on Sunday the 27th of November

On 27 November our institute, with the generous support of the Netherlands Embassy in Cairo, organised a seminar/conference. It was organised in cooperation with professor Dr Petra Sijpesteijn of Leiden University. The topic of the seminar was " Informal requests for help and mediation (on paper and/or papyrus) in Egypt (from Roman times until the Ottoman era) ". The aim of the presentations was to investigate how informal requests have contributed to social cohesion of the early Islamic society. In total eight papers on this topic were read and discussed in a serious, but convivial atmosphere.