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February 2020

Dr Richard McClary: The Apotheosis of Brick Decoration in the Persianate World: Qarakhanid Monuments of Central Asia and Some Antecedents in Iran

February 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This lecture examines structures built and decorated in brick during the eleventh and twelfth centuries. Following an overview of the some of the antecedent structures built by the Buyids in Isfahan and Na’in, the focus turns to what can be seen to be some of the finest examples of brick decorated monuments in the wider Iranian world. Buildings in Bukhara, Uzgend and Termez will be the main focus, alongside some other sites outwith the Qarakhanid realm for comparative purposes. It…

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April 2020

Dr Nacim Pak Shiraz: The Development of Iranian cinema

April 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Dr Pak Shiraz is the Head of the Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and Senior Lecturer in Persian and Film Studies at Edinburgh University.

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May 2020

Borna Izad Panah: Early Persian newspaper printing in Europe

May 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Borna Izad Panah is a graphic and type designer, and researcher based in the UK. He holds an MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading, UK and an MA in Graphic Design from the London College of Communication. His MA dissertation at the University of Reading traced the typographic development of the Nasta’liq style, 1770s-2000. He is the designer of award-winning type family Lida and Google Font Lalezar. As a graphic designer his work has been exhibited in…

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June 2020

Maziyar Ghiabi: The social history of opium in Iran

June 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Maziyar Ghiabi is Departmental Lecturer in Modern Iranian History at Oxford University. He has recently published a remarkable book Drugs Politics: Managing Disorder in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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