The mission of afikra is to cultivate curiosity around Arab history and culture and create a global community committed to sharing intellectual thought on those topics.


We host monthly salon-style events that feature two presentations about off-the-beaten path topics related to Arab history, art, or culture. The presentations are 45 minutes and are given by folks from the afikra community who have applied to become afikra speakers. The topics vary wildly but are fueled by the speakers’ authentic curiosity to learn more about the subject and to share their findings with the broader community. We started in Brooklyn in 2014 and have since expanded to DC, Montreal, Dubai, Beirut & London.

Upcoming Events

We have events every four to six weeks in cities all around the world. You can stay up-to-date by joining our mailing list or joining our Facebook group. Click the link below to see information on upcoming events.

Attend an Event

Apply To Speak

If you are interested in presenting at an upcoming afikra event, complete our short application. You don’t have to be famous or an expert (this is not a TED talk). All you have to do is be curious and willing to explore something new. Meet the past speakers here.

Apply to Speak at afikra

Past Talks

If you are new to afikra and want to understand what we are all about, check out some of the topics that have been explored already. The breadth of questions has been incredible.

Explore Archive