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From Pre to Post-Revolution Ideals of Womanhood
18/10/2018 7:00pm
The flourishing of Iranian women's writing in the wake of 1979 revolution has been much noted and celebrated. What is less scrutinized is whether this phenomenon is a reflection or a by-product of the revolution and what it might reveal about the conditions of women's belonging to the national imaginary. Focusing on a selection of contemporary prose fiction penned by women, this presentation will explore their representations of women's self-configuration in the nation.
The Politics of 'Women without Men': Novel and Film
19/10/2018 7:00pm
Shahrnush Parsipur's novel, Women without Men, is arguably the most controversial novel published after the 1979 revolution. It was banned in Iran shortly after its publication, and Parsipur was imprisoned purportedly for the novel's discussion of women's sexuality and virginity. The novel has been translated twice into English and has been adapted into a feature film by Shirin Neshat. This presentation will examine the film's amplification of the novel's political undercurrents and their implications for understanding gender relations in modern Iran.
The Idea of Iran: The Safavid Era
27/10/2018 9:45am
The Centre for Iranian Studies, the Department of Religions & Philosophies, School of History, Religions & Philosophies, SOAS and the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge
The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries saw the establishment of the new Safavid regime in Iran, heir not only to the succession of leadership of the Safavid sufi order, but also to the Aq Qoyunlu dispensation of western Iran and more remotely to the Timurid Empire in the East. Convened by Sarah Stewart, SOAS and Charles Melville, University of Cambridge.
Mapping the Mediterranean by the Cartographers of Medieval Islamic Societies
30/10/2018 5:45pm

Islamic cartographers perceived the Mediterranean as a sea which unites all of its shores, making them one geographical entity, contrary to the European perception of a sea which divides the world into three continents. The map of Ma'mun, devised in the early 9th century, represents a major improvement in mapping of that Sea.
Iberian (In)tolerance: Minorities, Cultural Exchanges, and Social Exclusion in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Era
08/11/2018 9:00am
LAHP Funded Postgraduate Students-led Conference
During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, minorities in the Iberian peninsula experienced both peaceful coexistence and, at times, violent intolerance. But despite restrictions, persecutions, and forced conversions, extensive cultural production and exchange among Jews, Christians and Muslims defined the life in towns and cities across the centuries, particularly in Al-Andalus. In this context of religious (in)tolerance, the question of limpieza de sangre (blood purity) played an important role in preventing newly converted Christians from occupying high social positions.
Adonis, the internationally renowned poet and theoretician of Arab poetics, gives the 2018 Saif Ghobash Banipal Arabic Translation Prize Lecture on "Translation, a Second Act of Creation"
09/11/2018 7:00pm - 09/11/2018 8:30pm
Banipal Trust for Arab Literature
Is this the time of translation? Is translation a second act of creation? In his lecture Adonis will consider the relationship of translation to human identity. He will explore the fact that human beings live in the same chronological moment, but in multiple, disparate moments culturally. Translation creates, he argues, a universal cultural time in which the world gains new knowledge and each language discovers its creative presence in other languages. He will go on to consider how new life can be breathed into the linguistic destruction that is the translated poem.
Shari'a, dissection and justice in modern Egypt - BRISMES Annual Lecture 2018 by Professor Khaled Fahmy
20/11/2018 5:30pm - 20/11/2018 8:00pm
British Society for Middle Eastern Studies
This lecture describes the process of the introduction of modern medicine in early nineteenth-century Egypt. It describes how dissection was instituted as a central practice in the Qasr al-'Aini School of Medicine, Egypt's first institution of modern medicine founded in 1827. It charts how different segments of Egyptian society understood and reacted to this disturbing practice. It also follows the increasing reliance of a budding legal system on autopsies as a prime means to establish legal proof in criminal cases. Followed by drinks reception.
Ancient Lives, New Stories: Current Research on the Ancient Near East
01/12/2018 9:00am - 02/12/2018 5:00pm
The British Museum & SOAS-University of London
The London Postgraduate Conference for the Ancient Near East is an opportunity for graduate students (Master's and PhD) and early career researchers to showcase their research at any stage of progress. The primary aim of this event is to create a forum of discussion for emerging scholars and to foster exchanges between the diverse disciplines working on the Ancient Near East, including Archaeology, Assyriology, Anthropology, Historiography, Conservation and Museum Studies. The conference is open to all interested in knowing more about current research on the Ancient Near East.
I am Ashurbanipal king of the world, king of Assyria
08/11/2018 10:00am - 24/02/2019 4:00pm
The British Museum
King Ashurbanipal of Assyria (r. 668–c. 631 BC) was the most powerful man on earth. He described himself in inscriptions as ‘king of the world', and his reign from the city of Nineveh (now in northern Iraq) marked the high point of the Assyrian empire, which stretched from the shores of the eastern Mediterranean to the mountains of western Iran. This major exhibition tells the story of Ashurbanipal through the British Museum's unparalleled collection of Assyrian treasures and rare loans.