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November 2015

The Heritage of Javanmardi in Iran – Dr Lloyd Ridgeon

November 17, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:15 pm

Dr Ridgeon, cheap of Glasgow University, pills will be talking about the idea of javanmardi, capsule which is loosely translated as chivalry, a concept that has permeated Iranian culture for centuries. This presentation will focus on how javanmardi has been understood by a range of thinkers, both medieval and modern. This will be carried out by looking at Sufi texts, the genre known as Mirrors for Princes, among others. In addition, the presentation will focus on the modern zurkhaneh (a gymnasium…

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December 2015
£35.00

CHRISTMAS PARTY

December 16, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dr Dominic Brookshaw of Oxford University will lecture on Qajar Women in Photography and Writing. A Persian dinner will then be provided by Mohsen Restaurant. This event will be held at St Columba’s Church Hall, ed Pont Street, diagnosis SW1X 0BD, starting promptly at 7pm. Limited seating. Entry by prepaid ticket only @ £35 each, obtainable from the office until 9th December unless sold out, or via PayPal using the link below Number of tickets 1 £35.00 GBP2 £70.00 GBP3 £105.00 GBP4…

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January 2016

Professor Edmund Herzig, Oxford University

January 20, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Religious conversion and self-fashioning among Armenians and Georgians in Safavid Iran.

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February 2016

Dr Shirin Shafaie, SOAS

February 18, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Iran’s ‘Sacred Defence’ and the Politics of Visual Remembrance Dr Shafaie will take us on a journey from the official discourse of the Iran-Iraq War to the more recent popular war narratives belonging to the Iranian civil society. She will discuss how Iranian leaders perceived and presented the Iran-Iraq War as a ‘Sacred Defence’ and what discursive strategies they used in the building of the Islamic nation-state. She will then show how the Iranian society embarked on making a new…

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April 2016

Dr Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood, Leiden University

April 21, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Beyond the chador: Iranian dress for women. For centuries Iran has been producing intriguing textiles and beautiful garments, discount especially for women, healing which reflect the complexity of its cultural history and the many groups that live in this vast and diverse country. Naturally, these forms have changed over time, but ever so often there is an echo of a past style! The talk will look at some of the echos and how urban and regional dress have responded to…

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May 2016

Professor Robert Hillenbrand, Edinburgh and St Andrews Universities

May 24, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Low-life and Sufism in late Timurid painting.

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June 2016

Eleanor Sims, Art Historian

June 22, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

17th-century oil-paintings from Safavid Isfahan:  ‘People From Parts Unknown’.

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September 2016

Dr Touraj Nayer-Nouri: “A brief history of ancient Iranian medicine”

September 15, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The talk will cover Zoroastrian or Avestan Medicine from about 2, and 700 BCE through to the Sassanid period when Gondeshapur was the hub and melting pot of Greek, nurse Indian and Iranian medical teachings and will end with what is known as The Golden Age of Persian Science in the 9th-11th centuries CE with Zakariya Razi and Abu Ali Sina. Dr Nayer Nouri will also briefly mention why he thinks that the Simurgh should replace the Asclepius as the…

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October 2016

Beatrice Campi – “An introduction to early Safavid jewellery”

October 11, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

An often discarded topic, recipe Safavid jewellery to this day keeps puzzling  many Safavid and Iranian art experts. Does such a thing as Safavid jewellery exist? And if so, nurse why did this production not share the same fame of Ottoman and Mughal jewellery, viagra given that the Islamic Gunpowder Empires ruled concurrently over the Islamic territories and must have clearly been exchanging goods and diplomatic gifts among each other? This talk will try to unravel some of these questions…

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November 2016

Dr Adrian O’Sullivan “Nazi espionage in Iran in World War II”

November 9, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Dr O’Sullivan has undertaken extensive research in the German and British archives on the subject of secret operations by both sides during World War II in Iran, and has produced two books on the subject. The first one deals with the German effort and the second one deals with the British counter-effort. His work shows why the Allies needed to occupy Iran at the time.

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