AIIT: Easter Term 2017 Lecture Programme

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

  • MONDAY 24th April: Giles Tillotson (Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, City Palace, Jaipur): Recent Developments at the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, City Palace, Jaipur
    Please note this talk will be on a Monday rather than the usual Friday
  • 5 May: Julius Lipner (University of Cambridge): An Unfinished Journey: From Bengal to Cambridge and Back Again – Many Times
    Special event for Friends of the Trust (Advance booking required)
  • 12 May: Sâqib Bâburi (British Library): The Windsor Padshahnamah: A Royal Copy of Shah Jahan’s Chronicle
  • 26 May: Jesse Palsetia (University of Guelph): Parsi Traders and Travellers: Global Zoroastrians in the Age of Empire
  • 2 June: Hans Bakker (British Museum): The Huns in Central and South Asia:
    How a Century of War against Nomadic Invaders from the Steppes is Concluded by a Game of Chess between the Kings of India and Persia

Lectures are held at:

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

If you wish to attend the Friends’ event on 5th May, or would like to become a Friend, please download our application form or contact the Administrator on, tel. 01223 356841

Image at head: Stereoscopic photograph of a view from a courtyard of the Chandra Mahal in Jaipur in Rajasthan, taken by James Ricalton in c. 1903 (British Library Photo 181/(88)). Public domain

A Festschrift for John Hinnells

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The Ancient and India Iran Trust was recently privileged to hold the launch and presentation of a festschrift to John Hinnells, formerly Professor of Comparative Religion at Manchester University and SOAS, to celebrate his seventy-fifth birthday. Holy Wealth: Accounting for This World and The Next in Religious Belief and Practice: Festschrift for John R. Hinnells, edited by Almut Hintze and Alan Williams (Iranica 24). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2017 The volume focuses on the interface between material and spiritual wealth, a theme that runs across many religions and cultures and that incorporates …

Mani in Cambridge: A Day-Symposium on Manichaean Studies

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The Trust has a long-standing connection with the study of Manichaeism and from 1999 to 2005 was the home of the AHRC funded Manichaean Dictionary Project, headed by our Chairman Nicholas Sims-Williams. As a result several volumes were published in the Brepols Corpus Fontium Manichaeorum series as part of the Dictionary of Manichaean Texts, namely vol. 2: Texts from Iraq and Iran (Texts in Syriac, Arabic, Persian and Zoroastrian Middle Persian) by F. de Blois and others (2006); vol. 3, part 1: Dictionary of Manichaean Middle Persian and Parthian by D. Durkin-Meisterernst …

Recent library acquisitions from India

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The trust library recently added to its collection a substantial acquisition of books from the National Museum, Delhi, following our participation in the museum’s hosting of the exhibition ‘The Everlasting Flame: Zoroastrianism in History and Imagination’ in 2016. These beautifully illustrated volumes are all catalogued on Cambridge University Library’s iDiscover search platform and are available to view at the trust: Rupa-Pratirupa: The Body in Indian Art / Naman P. Ahuja. New Delhi: National Museum, 2014. [Publication to accompany an exhibition held at National Museum, New Delhi from 14th March to …

Echoes of the past: pre-partition postcards from India

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A delightful item which we have recently catalogued is a collection of 58 postcards dating from pre-partition India which was given to us by Cyrus Pherozeshah Mehta (1917-2011)[1]. The collection includes mostly black-and-white views from Baluchistan, Benares, Calcutta and the holiday resorts of Simla and Matheran in Maharashtra. The Sir Stuart Hogg Market, Calcutta. Designed by Richard Roskell Bayne, an architect of the East Indian Railway Company, this Victorian Gothic market complex was begun in 1873. It was officially named after one of its greatest advocates, Sir Stuart Hogg, the …