AIIT Michaelmas Term Lecture Programme

Michaelmas Term: Focus on Central Asia

17 October: Imre Galambos (Cambridge)
A Forgotten Civilisation: Remains of the Tangut Kingdom in Central Asia

14 November: Sam van Schaik (British Library)
The Married Monks of Kroraina

28 November: Razia Sultanova (Cambridge)
Music of the Uzbeks of Northern Afghanistan

Lectures begin at 5.30pm with refreshments from 5pm.
All welcome.
~ Special Events (booking required) ~

24 October: Sir Nicholas Barrington
Envoy: the experiences of a diplomat in Asia

N.B. this event is part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas and booking is essential.  Please telephone the Administrator on: 01223 356841 or e-mail: info@indiran.org       Booking opens 22nd September.

7 November: Amed Gökçen (Istanbul)
Black Book, Black Fortune: Cultural and religious practices of the Ezidi (Yazidi)

N.B. this event is for Friends of the Trust only.
To book or to join as a Friend, please contact the Administrator as above.

Events begin at 5.30pm with refreshments from 5pm.

We look forward to seeing you.

Workshop: Sanskrit Manuscripts in the University Library, Cambridge, 25-27 September

The final workshop of the AHRC-funded “Sanskrit Manuscripts in the University Library, Cambridge” will be held in Cambridge, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, on 25-27 September 2014. The full programme is available on the weblog:

http://sanskrit.lib.cam.ac.uk/the-south-asian-manuscript-book-material-textual-and-historical-investigations-2).

All are welcome.

British Library Persian Manuscripts – One Day Symposium: Friday 31st October, 2014

One day symposium: British Library Persian Manuscripts: Collections and Research
British Library Conference Centre, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
Friday, 31 October 2014, 9.30-18.00 – See more at:
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AIIT Closed Friday 29th August

******The Trust will be CLOSED ON Friday 29th August.  Open again as usual from Monday 1st September, 2014******

AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY CLOSURE 2014

*****The Trust will be CLOSED on Monday 25th August, 2014.  Open again as usual from Tuesday 26th August*****

Ancient India and Iran Trust Friday Lectures

Our summer lecture programme is now over.  The autumn programme, which will have a Central Asian theme, will begin on Friday 17th October.  Details will be confirmed early in September.

The programme will also include the Trust’s contribution to the Cambridge Festival of Ideas on Friday 24th October.

Lectures will take place as usual on Fridays and begin at 5.30pm, with refreshments from 5pm.

TRUST CLOSED MONDAY 7th JULY 2014

*****The Trust will be CLOSED ON Monday 7th July as the Tour de France will be in Cambridge that day.  Open again as usual from Tuesday 8th July*****

AIIT Newsletter Indiran Spring/Summer 2014

The latest issue of our newsletter focuses on recent events and developments at the Trust and includes an interview with our new Honorary Fellow Professor Maria Macuch by Almut Hintze and an illustrated article by Ursula Sims-Williams on the exhibition The Everlasting Flame: Zoroastrianism in History and Imagination, a major exhibition at SOAS co-curated by two of our Trustees and to which the Trust lent a number of items. We hope you enjoy this issue. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any suggestions for news items or stories you would like to see in future editions!

To view, click here: Indiran 9

Summer Garden Party 2014

Over 120 people attended the Trust’s annual Summer Garden Party on Sunday 1st June.  The weather was unusually kind!

Reminder: Friday Lecture – Toraj Daryaee, 23rd May 5.30pm

Friday Lectures – Easter Term 2014

23 May: Touraj Daryaee (UCI)

The Sasanian Empire as a Garden: The Walls and Rivers of the Sasanian Empire


This lecture looks at the physical and ideological boundaries which the Sasanians created for the idea of Iranshahr. In this late antique construct, inside the empire, protected by walls and rivers was imagined as a garden where order and beauty was in existence. Outside of the walls and the rivers it was seen as place of wilderness and disorder. This binary division was at the centre of Sasanian ideology which projected peace and power inside, while danger for its people lay outside of its boundaries.

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5.30pm, 23 Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge, CB2 8BG

Refreshments from 5pm