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January 2017

Michael Noel-Clarke “Qajar Persia and Imperial Russia, the memoirs of Prince Arfa’, diplomat and statesman

January 24, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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February 2017

Kaveh Abbasian “The Iran-Iraq war as seen in Iranian films”

February 16, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  In the wake of the 1979 Revolution in Iran, the new régime aimed for an independent domestic cinema with Islamic and educational content in the service of the revolution. Cinema as both an industry and an art-form went through a process of cleansing and purification. As a result, many young non-professional Islamic revolutionaries started making their own state-funded ideological films. However, this new wave of Iranian cinema didn’t find its true cause until the start of the Iran-Iraq war.…

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April 2017

Professor Donald Rayfield “Whatever did the Iranians do for Georgia? – coexistence and conflict

April 18, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Georgians made many important contributions to Iran, particularly under Shah Abbas I, as military men, provincial governors and builders.  Allahverdi Khan Undiladze, who built the eponymous bridge over the Zayandeh Rud in Isfahan, was a Georgian.  In Georgia, however, wherever one looks at a ruined church one is told that it was destroyed by Shah Abbas. Did Iran contribute nothing to Georgia other than ruin and destruction? Professor Rayfield is Emeritus Professor of Russian and Georgian at Queen Mary University of London.…

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May 2017

Fuchsia Hart: “The significance of the Sheikh Lutfullah mosque of Isfahan”

May 16, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The lecture will be preceded by the Annual General Meeting at 6.15pm The Mosque of Shaykh Lutfallah in Isfahan is one of the most significant of the many historical buildings of Iran, and it is certainly one of the most beautiful. However, it is also one of the most misunderstood buildings in the country, and conclusions regarding a number of aspects of the mosque still elude academics. Built on the eastern side of the Maydan-i Naqsh-i Jahan in the early 17th century, the…

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October 2017

Iran – Crossroads of Wildlife: Niloufar Raeesi Chahartaghi

October 23, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Niloufar Raeesi Chahartaghi studied zoology at Shahid Beheshti University, with a particular interest in conservation. At the age of 20 she started working as a volunteer in the Golestan National Park. She is currently studying for an MSc in conservation science at Imperial College, London, with a view to returning to Iran to work with a group of young conservationists to maintain the national heritage. She will be showing slides and film of her work in a number of Iran's…

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November 2017

BP in Iran from 1902 to the 1950s: documentary film and discussion

November 14, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This film from the BP archive will be presented by Austin Vince and discussed by Dr Mohammad Ali Ala.

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December 2017

‘Bards Apart?’ – A musical performance of the poems of Robert Burns and Hafez

December 13, 2017 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental & African Studies, Thornhaugh St,
London, WC1H 0XG
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By kind invitation of SOAS, this event is open to all. Tickets cost £10 (£5 for students) and can be obtained online only via the following link   A Musical Performance of Scottish and Persian Songs and Poems by Robert Burns & Hafez with guitar and santur accompaniment. We are grateful to the Azima Foundation, the British Council, the London Middle East Institute and SOAS, University of London for their generous support for this event.  Robert Burns: Ploughman Poet, Scotia’s Bard, Master…

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January 2018

Memories of mountaineering in Iran: John Harding

January 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

John Harding, a member of the Iran Society, has spent most of a lifetime mountaineering.  He will be sharing with us his experiences of mountaineering in Iran. Copies of his recently published book will be available for purchase.

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February 2018

The Hungry 1890s: A Prelude to the Constitutional Revolution: Dr Stephanie Cronin

February 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This talk will look at the conditions of the urban poor in Iran at the end of the nineteenth century, focusing in particular on the repeated crises caused by sharp rises in the price of bread. It examines the evidence which supports the notion that Iran experienced a “golden age” of bread riots in the 1890s and early 1900s, just before and indeed contributing to the outbreak of the constitutional revolution. The 1890s are often seen as an interregnum, a…

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April 2018

“Speaking of the Devil” – Images of Divs (demons) in the Persian Pictorial Tradition: Dr Francesca Leoni

April 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Why does evil look the way it does? In this richly illustrated talk, Dr Francesca Leoni addresses this question by examining divs or demons, the quintessentially evil creatures of Persian mythology and folklore. Dr Francesca Leoni is Assistant Keeper and Curator of Islamic Art at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, as well as Research Associate at the Khalili Research Centre, University of Oxford. She has previously held curatorial and research posts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston…

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