July 2016 marks the centenary of the Arab Revolt, made famous to British audiences through the involvement of T E Lawrence – Lawrence of Arabia. In this study day at The British Museum, a panel of experts will explore the many perspectives on the reasons and course of the Revolt.

Chaired by Professor Eugene Rogan, University of Oxford, contributors include author of Setting the Desert on Fire, James Barr, KCL, Mehmet Tutuncu, Director of SOTA (Foundation for Research on the Turkish and Arabic World), and Ali Allawi, author of Faisal I.

In association with the British Foundation for the Study of Arabia and the MBI Al Jaber Foundation.

Tickets are £26 to BFSA members (£28 to non-members), plus £1 booking fee. To book, phone +44 (0)20 7323 8181, visit the Ticket Desk in the Museum’s Great Court or purchase online at  http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar/event_detail.aspx?eventId=3124&title=The%201916%20Arab%20Revolt&eventType=Study%20day


Programme: The 1916 Arab Revolt Study Day

2nd July 2016

The British Museum

Professor Eugene Rogan, Professor Ali Allawi, Dr Mehmet Tütüncü and Dr James Barr will explore the many perspectives on the reasons and course of the Revolt. The Programme is as follows:


10.30 – 11.30: Professor Eugene Rogan

Director of the Middle East Centre at St Antony's College, University of Oxford.

'British Setbacks on the Ottoman Front and the Imperative for an Arab Revolt'


11.30 – 12.00: Coffee


12.00 – 13.00: Professor Ali Allawi

Research Professor at the National University of Singapore.

‘The Arab Revolt and Arab Aspirations for Statehood’


13.00 – 14.00: Lunch


14.00 – 15.00: Dr Mehmet Tütüncü

Chairman of the Research Centre for the Turkish and Arabic World in the Netherlands.

'The Hejaz Railway as a ‘Gamechanger’ during World War I'


15.00 – 15.30: Coffee


15.30 – 16.30:  Dr James Barr

Visiting Fellow, King's College London.

Setting the Desert on Fire – the British and the Arab Revolt, 1916-18