The Bactrian Archives… Upcoming lecture at the RAS by AIIT Chair Professor Nicholas Sims-Williams

The Bactrian archives: Reconstructing the lost history of Ancient Afghanistan

Professor Nicholas Sims-Williams (SOAS) and Chairman of the Ancient India and Iran Trust.

May 12th, 6-7pm at the Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD

Anniversary General Meeting and presentation of the Denis Sinor Medal 2015

 

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AIIT Cambridge: Easter Term Lecture Programme

6 MAY: Special event for Friends of the Trust
Geoff Hales: Kipling in India – a dramatised talk

20 MAY: Katherine Schofield (King’s College, London)
Music, art, and affective power between 16C North India and the Deccan

3 JUNE: AIIT Honorary Fellow Lecture 2016
Anna Dallapiccola: South Indian mural paintings (16th to 18th centuries)

Lectures begin at 5.30pm. Refreshments from 5pm. All welcome.

Ancient India & Iran Trust , 23 Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge CB2 8BG

If you wish to attend the Friends’ event on 6th May or would like a Friends’ application form, please contact the Administrator on
info@indiran.org or tel. 01223 356841

 

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Raymond Mercier: Calendars in India and a problem with eclipses in Orissa – AIIT Cambridge, 18th March, 5.30pm

REMINDER

Raymond Mercier

Calendars in India and a problem with eclipses in Orissa

Scholar and author Raymond Mercier will explain something of the variety of calendars used in mediaeval India. Each calendar counts years from a certain epoch, and while most epoch years have been established there has remained one, that of the Ganga Era of Orissa, that is still to be fixed…..

This talk is part of the Cambridge Science Festival. Booking advisable but we will endeavour to accommodate all.

Refreshments from 5pm.

Friday 18th March 2016, 5.30pm
Ancient India & Iran Trust
23 Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge CB2 8BG

Tel: 01223 356841. E-mail: info@indiran.org
http://www.sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk/events/calendars-india-and-problem-eclipses-orissa

Arthur Dudney – What Language Did Kiyomars Speak? Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Theories on the Origins of Persian – AIIT Cambridge, 19 February 5.30pm

REMINDER

Friday 19th February 5.30pm.

Arthur Dudney will speak on

What Language Did Kiyomars Speak? Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Theories on the Origins of Persian

Theories of linguistic origins before modern times were full of mythical people and semi-mythical societies. These could be dismissed out of hand as historical curiosities but this talk argues that pre-modern theories of where Persian came from are worth our attention because even if the conclusions are wildly at odds with our current understanding in historical linguistics, the tools used to reach them were remarkably intricate.

Dr. Arthur D. Dudney is currently Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Cambridge.

Refreshments from 5pm. All welcome.

Ancient India & Iran Trust
23 Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge CB2 8BG
Tel: +44 (0)1223 356841

REMINDER: Michelle Quay – Female Heroism in Sufi Hagiographical Texts – AIIT Cambridge – Friday 12th February 5.30pm.

REMINDER

Friday 12th February 5.30pm.

Michelle Quay will speak on

Female Heroism in Sufi Hagiographical Texts – From Sulami (d. 1021) to ‘Attar (d. ca. 1221)

Michelle Quay’s research in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Cambridge, focuses on the treatment of gender in Pre-modern Persian mystical poetry, particularly the poetry of the 12th century poet Farid al-Din ‘Attar. In this talk she presents a re-reading of premodern Persian and Arabic Sufi hagiographical texts from the 11th – 13th centuries through the lens of gender and the body.

Refreshments from 5pm. All welcome.

Ancient India & Iran Trust
23 Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge CB2 8BG
Tel: +44 (0)1223 356841

AIIT Lent Term Lectures 2016

Friday evening lectures: Lent Term 2016, Ancient India and Iran Trust, Cambridge.

Lectures begin at 5.30pm. Refreshments from 5pm. All welcome.

12 February: Michelle Quay (Cambridge)
Female Heroism in Sufi Hagiographical Texts – from Sulami (d. 1021) to ‘Attar (d. ca. 1221)

19 February: Arthur Dudney (Cambridge)
What Language Did Kiyomars Speak? Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Theories on the Origins of Persian

26 February: Special event for Friends of the Trust
T. Richard Blurton (British Museum)
Krishna in the Garden of Assam

18 March: Raymond Mercier (Cambridge)
(Part of the Cambridge Science Festival – booking required.
Booking opens on 8 February: info@indiran.org or tel.01223 356841)
Calendars in India and a problem with eclipses in Orissa

If you wish to attend the Friends’ event on 26 February or would like a Friends’ application form, please contact the Administrator on
info@indiran.org or tel. 01223 356841

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REMINDER: Bailey Lecture 2015: Amélie Kuhrt, Friday 11th December, 5.30pm at FAMES, Cambridge

REMINDER

The Harold Bailey Lecture 2015

Friday 11th December, 5.30pm at FAMES, Cambridge

Professor Amélie Kuhrt, FBAThe King Speaks: The Persians and their Empire

The Achaemenid empire was created in the space of less than thirty years and dominated, with considerable success, a region stretching from Central Asia to the Aegean for around 200 years. How did the Persian kings and ruling elite visualise their immense power? How was that vision expressed? In this talk, Amélie Kuhrt, Professor Emeritus at University College London, aims to present an outline of the Persian image of their domain, concentrating on monuments and inscriptions from the royal centres and leaving aside the stories of outsiders, such as Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and Jews.

The lecture will begin promptly at 5.30pm, followed by a reception.
Admission free. Booking not required.

Venue: Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Sidgwick Avenue,Cambridge CB3 9DA

Enquiries: info@indiran.org tel. 01223 356841

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REMINDER: Friday 27th November – Robin Ackroyd will speak on Mongol nutag, Chingisiin Ongon – Mongolian homeland, Genghis Khan’s tomb

Lecture Reminder:

Friday 27th November

Robin Ackroyd will be at the Trust speaking about:

Mongol nutag, Chingisiin Ongon – Mongolian homeland, Genghis Khan’s tomb

Robin Ackroyd travelled extensively on horseback in northern Mongolia during an independent research expedition to reach remote locations that may harbour one of the greatest archaeological mysteries of all time – the secret tomb of Genghis Khan. In this illustrated talk, based on his new book about his journey, Robin will describe how he trekked, with his five horses, into wilderness once frequented by a young Mongolian called Temüjin – the future world conqueror – and to where, ultimately, his secret tomb may be located. He was accompanied for several hundred kilometres of his arduous journey by a loyal dog whom he named Spirit.

Robin Ackroyd qualified as a journalist in the UK and worked for local, regional and national newspapers before going freelance. He has worked as a news reporter, investigative journalist, and crime correspondent. He is a member of the Society of Authors, and the National Union of Journalists. His new book Genghis: Sacred Tomb, Secret Treasure has just been published.

5.30pm. Refreshments from 5pm. All welcome.

Friday 6 November, 5.30pm: Cameron Petrie – Land, Water and Settlement and the Indus Civilisation. Ancient India and Iran Trust, Cambridge

Lecture Reminder:

Friday 6th November, 5.30pm

Cameron Petrie (Cambridge) will speak on:

Adaptation to variable environments, resilience to climate change; Land, Water and Settlement and the Indus Civilisation

Cameron Petrie is Senior Lecturer in South Asian and Iranian Archaeology in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge. His archaeological research has predominantly been carried out in Iran, Pakistan and India, and in this lecture he will present the results of the Land, Water and Settlement project (2008-2014) and introduce the ERC funded TwoRains project (2015-2020).

All welcome. Refreshments from 5pm.

Ancient India & Iran Trust
23 Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge CB2 8BG

Tel: +44 (0)1223 356841
E-mail: info@indiran.org

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Harold Bailey Lecture – 16 December 2015, FAMES

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