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May 2015

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May 30, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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June 2015

The Mongol Shahnameh – Professor Robert Hillenbrand

June 10, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Army & Navy Club,
36-39 Pall Mall
London, SW1Y 5JN United Kingdom

The most elaborate and luxurious manuscript of the Ilkhanid period is a fourteenth-century copy (now dispersed) of the Shahnama (Book of Kings), medic known today as the Great Mongol Shahnama. It exists today in the form of 57 illustrations and several text pages scattered among public and private collections. Extensive study of the manuscript has revealed that the original was probably two volumes of about 280 large folios and 190 illustrations. In the early twentieth century, denture Paris dealer Georges…

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October 2015

Dr Sussan Babaie, Courtauld Institute

October 12, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Persian kingship and architecture: strategies of power from the Achaemenids to the Pahlavis. Sussan Babaie will be introducing this groundbreaking book that includes scholarly views from archaeology and architectural history and covers important periods in the long history of Iran. Since the Shah went into exile and the Islamic Republic was established in 1979, unhealthy the very idea of monarchy in Iran has become contentious but history tells us that it had served, ailment for millennia, as a unifying cultural…

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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


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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