Our Mission

A communal exploration of Arab history and culture.

Afikra is a global organization that aims to promote intellectualism the diversity and richness of Arab culture and history. Through our monthly events around the world, we've built a global community of volunteers, thinkers and explorers.  Afikra started in Brooklyn in 2014 and has since expanded to Washington DC, Montreal, Dubai, Beirut, Bahrain & London.

 
 
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What are afikra talks?

Every month each chapter hosts a free, salon-style gathering in their city featuring two 30-45 minute presentations. The presenters are members of the community who have chosen a topic they are not experts in- anything from poetry to pop culture,  culinary traditions to scientific discoveries - so long as they're born out of an authentic curiosity to explore the region's history or culture. Our team works closely with each presenter to research and craft a provoking presentation to share with the attendees. 

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Get involved

ATTEND AN EVENT

We host monthly events around the world, featuring topics that dive into Arab history, culture and art. 

Apply To Speak

Our team guides you through the entire process, from topic selection to research to presentation. 

HOST AN EVENT

We rely on generous hosts - from living rooms to coworking spaces and cafes to make every event a success.

 
 

We're growing!

New York

Montreal

Washington DC

Beirut

Dubai

Bahrain

London

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PRESENTERS

We've been lucky enough to have some incredible minds present at afikra events around the world. 

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EVENTS

Since 2014, we've been hosting semi-monthly events and starting chapters worldwide.

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TALKS

Topics explore off-the-beaten path subjects that have either been forgotten or never examined before.

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