Some Recent Acquisitions

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Arts of the Hellenized East : precious metalwork and gems of the pre-Islamic era Arts of the Hellenized East: precious metalwork and gems of the pre-Islamic era / Martha L. Carter ; with contributions by Prudence O. Harper and Pieter Meyers. London: Thames & Hudson, 2015. The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait. Hardcover | ISBN 9780500970690 | December 2015 424 pages | 350+ colour illustrations | 9 in × 11.2 in × 1.7 in This is the sixth volume in Thames & Hudson’s series exploring the treasures of The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait. …

Further Donation from the Collection of Sir Roger Stevens

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The Trust has recently received another generous donation to add to its collection of books on Iran, owned previously by Sir Roger Stevens (1906-1980), former British ambassador to Iran. Sir Roger went to Iran in 1954 as Britain’s first ambassador after a two year break —the result of nationalization of the oil industry— and played a key role in rebuilding diplomatic relations. Although he served there for only four years, his enthusiasm for the people, art and history of Iran never left him. His main work was The Land of …

New Publications from the Trust

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AIIT Library has acquired two of the latest publications from the Corpus Fontium Manichaeorum: Manichaean texts in Syriac: First editions, new editions and studies, by Nils Arne Pedersen and John Møller Larsen, with contributions by Zsuzsanna Gulácsi and Myriam Krutzsch (Series Syriaca I) and Uygur Manichaean texts: texts, translations, commentary, Volume II: Liturgical texts, by Larry Clark (Series Turcica). Both are published by Brepols (Turnhout, Belgium, ©2013).       

‘From the Oxus to Mysore in 1951’ by Raymond and Bridget Allchin

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12th October 2012 saw the publication of From the Oxus to Mysore in 1951: The Start of a Great Partnership in Indian Scholarship, the much-awaited memoirs of a year in India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, by Raymond and Bridget Allchin. Raymond and Bridget Allchin are legendary figures in the field of South Asian Archaeology. They led – as Sir Nicholas Barrington says in his introduction – ‘busy lives’, in the UK and made frequent archaeological trips to South Asia, weaving a partnership of overlapping areas of knowledge and skills. The story they …

Steppe: a Central Asian Panorama

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Issue 8 of Steppe includes a number of articles of special interest, notably Thomas Loy’s account of the Yaghnob valley, accompanied by 16 pages of stunning photography by Helen Bodian. Situated in a concealed valley between the Hisar and Zarafshan mountain ranges about 60 km north of Dushanbe in Tajikistan, the Yaghnobi people have survived with their own language which is closely related to the pre-Islamic Iranian language Sogdian. In the early 70s, however, the entire population was forcibly resettled in the plains to work on cotton plantations. A comparatively …