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Iran Symposium Tomorrow in London

The 7th programme in our series on ‘The Idea of Iran’ explores a critical period of Iranian history, when the Abbasids’s power in Baghdad waned and a series of autonomous Iranian dynasties (Tahirids, Saffarids, Samanids and Buyids) emerged in the eastern provinces.

Around 1000 CE the Ghaznavid and Seljuq sultans took over, their arrival marked the start of a long Turkish and Mongol dynasties in Iran.  Our last symposium looked at oral, linguistic and creative compositions emerging during the early Islamic period as ancient traditions underwent a transformation to become part of a new Perso-Islamic culture. This symposium looks at kingship, authority and identity and their articulation through the written word, architecture and the visual arts.

Soudavar Memorial Lecture Series
“The Idea of Iran: Last of the Persian Dynasties”

Topics range from early Persian prose to the lofty Castle of Qabus b. Vushmgir

Venue: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, Brunei Gallery, SOAS Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG (closest tube: Russell Square)
Date:    Sat 6 Feb 2010
Time:   9.55am-4.30pm (Registration from 9.15am)
Admission: £15; conc. (OAPs & LMEI Affiliates) £10; (includes lunch & teas). Students free
Enquiries & Bookings:  020 7898 4490

Speakers:

Early Persian Historians and the Heritage of Pre-Islamic Iran

Dr Andrew Peacock, Assistant Director, British Institute at Ankara.

Advice Literature in Tenth and Eleventh-Century Iran and Early Persian Prose writing

Professor Louise Marlow, Wellesley College.

The Expression of Power in the Art and Architecture of Early Islamic Iran

Professor Jonathan Bloom, Norma Jean Calderwood University Professorship of Islamic and Asian Art, Boston College and Hamad bin Khalifa Endowed Chair of Islamic Art, Virginia Commonwealth University.

The Lofty Castle of Qabus b. Vushmgir

Dr Melanie Michailidis, Visiting Lecturer, University of California, Davis.

Authority and Identity in the Pahlavi Books

Dr Alan Williams, Reader in Iranian Studies and Comparative Religion and Chair of the Department of Religions and Theology, University of Manchester.

Buyid Kingship

Professor Roy Mottahedeh, Gurney Professor of History and Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University.

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