• Promoting dialogue with the Middle East, West Asia and North Africa

    Gingko aims to inform and educate the interested public and work with scholars of diverse backgrounds and research interests to increase crucial understanding of the Middle East, West Asia and North Africa through conferences, publications, public events and cultural programmes. Our mission is to foster constructive, informed and open discussion based on mutual respect that gives a voice to a new generation for thinkers and opinion formers, and thereby help bridge an increasingly virulent divide between the West and the Middle East.

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  • Book Launch (Nov 30):
    Pagan Christmas
    by Augusto Cacopardo

    This authoritative work sheds light on the religious world of the Kalasha people of the Birir valley of the Pakistani district of Chitral, focusing on their winter feasts which culminate in a great winter solstice festival. The Kalasha represent the last example of the pre-Islamic cultures of the Hindu Kush/Karakorum, but are also the only observable example, worldwide, of an archaic Indo-European religion. Cacopardo addresses the historical and cultural context of the area and, referencing an array of relevant literature, offers comparisons with the Indian world and the religious folklore of Europe.

    November 30
    6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Royal Asiatic Society
    14 Stephenson Way
    London, NW1 2HD

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  • Dalla Terra al Cielo:
    Un Viaggio nell'Architettura dello Yemen

    October 10 - November 26

    Generously Sponsored by SOAS & the London Middle East Institute, this autumn our Yemen exhibition travels to Italy:
    MAO Museo d'Arte Orientale, Torino.

    The exhibition is accompanied by an exciting collection of 21 scholarly essays titled, Architectural Heritage of Yemen: Buildings that Fill my Eye, edited by Trevor H. J. Marchand and published by Gingko in a fully illustrated volume. To purchase the book, please click here.

    Yemen Exhibition
  • Gingko is delighted to invite you to the launch of our publication:

    The Mercantile Effect
    Art and Exchange in the Islamicate World during the 17th and 18th Centuries

    Monday 27th November

    Research Forum
    The Courtauld Institute of Art
    Somerset House, London

    Please RSVP
    Tel: 020 7823 2312

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Our innovative approach originates from our intention of publishing high-quality, peer-reviewed books that will have a wider cultural impact. For this purpose, our monographs are designed to be affordable, and our edited volumes will become open access two years following publication.


Designed to promote better understanding of and dialogue with the Middle East, West Asia and North Africa, the Gingko Conferences offer a forum for the exchange of knowledge and ideas between academics from East and West and the wider public to whom the conferences are open.