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An archaeologist's wife and her jewellery: a window into 19th century 'Assyriamania'
17/01/2019 1:30pm
The British Museum
In March 1869, Austen Henry Layard, discoverer of ancient Assyria, married Enid Guest, 25 years his junior. From then on, his young wife kept meticulous diaries, recording every gift of jewellery received and every purchase made. Her archaeologist husband gave her jewels made up of ancient Assyrian seals or Roman coins. In this lecture, Judy Rudoe, British Museum, reconstructs Lady Layard's lost collection to reveal the pieces she loved most and how she wore them.
The History of the Huthi Conflict
22/01/2019 6:00pm
The British-Yemeni Society in association with the London Middle East Institute
In the West the Houthi conflict, which erupted in 2004, is often defined through the lenses of either the Iranian-Saudi proxy war or the Sunni–Shia divide. Yet, as experienced by locals, the Houthi conflict is much more deeply rooted in the recent history of Sa'dah Province. Its origins must be sought in the political, economic, social and sectarian transformations since the 1960s civil war and their repercussions on the local society, which is dominated by tribal norms.
Rumi Manuscripts and the John Rylands Library
23/01/2019 6:30pm
Iran Heritage Foundation
In this fully illustrated lecture Prof. Williams will talk about the priceless collection of Persian manuscripts held in the John Rylands Library of the University of Manchester, and in particular the manuscripts of Mowlana Rumi's Masnavi-ye Ma'navi and Div?n-e Shams-e Tabrizi. Prof. Williams will also highlight the problems of looking after and researching very old manuscripts, and compare the conditions at the John Rylands Library with other libraries, including two he has visited in the last month, namely the Mevlana Muzesi and Library of Manuscripts in Konya, Turkey.
The rediscovery of Assyria
24/01/2019 1:30pm
The British Museum
Exhibition curator Gareth Brereton charts the story of the excavations of Khorsabad, Nineveh and Nimrud in the 19th century and how the rediscovery of Assyria caused a media sensation, capturing the public imagination at that time.
Seminar on Islamic Studies Librarianship: Past, Present and Future
31/01/2019 10:00am
Aga Khan Library
Hosted by the Aga Khan Library and led by eminent librarians and scholars in the field of Islamic Studies, this seminar will provide an overview of the current state of the Islamic and Middle East Studies from the perspective of Librarianship. It will also discuss the responses to the current challenges, including the lack of professional trained librarians in an economically challenging period.
The fall of Assyria
31/01/2019 1:30pm
The British Museum
The sudden collapse of the Assyrian Empire around 612 BC, just some 15 years after the death of Ashurbanipal in 627 BC, remains poorly understood. Following Ashurbanipal's death, Assyrian authority weakened, as his two sons competed for power. This lecture by John MacGinnis, British Museum, explores the documentary and archaeological evidence for the collapse and the sack of the royal capitals.
Jericho off the Record: new sources of an old excavation
19/03/2019 6:00pm
CBRL and UCL's Institute of Archaeology
From 1952 till 1958, Kathleen M. Kenyon directed the Second British Expedition to Tell es-Sultan, ancient Jericho, on behalf of the British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem, University of London and Palestine Exploration Fund. Based on these (official) notes, photographs and drawings Kenyon published several excavation reports, articles and volumes. However, besides these official records made and gathered by order of Kenyon, the members of the expedition produced many private records on their own initiative during the excavation.
The Egyptian Revolution of 1919: The Birth of the Modern Nation
27/03/2019 9:00am - 28/03/2019 5:00pm
The British Egyptian Society, London Middle East Centre and Council for British Research in the Levant
The conference aims at those with an interest in the post Ottoman period in the region, British Egyptian relations, modern Egyptian history, and developments in Egypt over the last hundred years, including historians, students, politicians and government, diplomacy and the general public. It will seek to throw new light on the events of 1919 and their impact on Egypt, Sudan, Britain, and the wider world.
Annual Conference on Shi`i Studies
27/04/2019 9:00am - 28/04/2019 5:00pm
Islamic College
This conference will provide a broad platform for scholars in Shi`i studies to share their latest research.
Museums in Arabia
26/06/2019 9:00am - 28/06/2019 5:00pm
Bush House, King's College London
The conference will explore the regional and international actors who are actively involved in producing and challenging cultural formations and systems of knowledge production in and on the Gulf. We encourage both critical analyses and case-studies that examine how the actions of individuals and institutions are connected in the broader social, economic and political landscape of the Arabian Peninsula. Deadline for abstracts: 10 January 2019.