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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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December 2016

Professor Nile Green “When the Mirzas met Mr D’Arcy: six Persian students in Regency London

December 13, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

To be followed by the Christmas Party.  Admission by paid ticket only. THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT.  PLEASE EMAIL THE OFFICE TO BE PUT ON THE WAITING LIST.   Number of tickets 1 £35.00 GBP 2 £70.00 GBP 3 £105.00 GBP 4 £140.00 GBP 5 £175.00 GBP 6 £210.00 GBP 7 £245.00 GBP 8 £280.00 GBP 9 £315.00 GBP 10 £350.00 GBP <input alt="PayPal – The safer, order easier way to pay online!" name="submit" src="https://www.paypalobjects.com/en_GB/i/btn/btn_cart_LG.gif" type="image" /> Or payment…

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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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