New issue of INDIRAN

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A new issue of  the Ancient India and Iran Trust’s newsletter, INDIRAN, is now available. This issue includes an account by Bi Bo, visiting scholar from Renmin University of China, Beijing, of her work on Sogdian  manuscripts from Khotan, Xinjiang. Ian Proudfoot, Australian National University, describes exciting finds of unique Malay printed books. Deborah Sutton, University of Lancaster, examines the Hindu temple in terms of political and cultural encounter during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The newsletter also includes reports of a joint presentation by Annabel Gallop and Venetia …

Zakirullah Jan’s Lecture

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The AIIT’s Pakistan Visiting Fellow, Dr. Zakirullah Jan, gave a lecture on 11th March on his fieldwork in Pakistan. The talk was entitled: ‘In Quest of the Indus Civilization in the Gomal plain, Northwest Pakistan’, and was well attended. Below is a photo of Bridget Allchin with Zakirullah, Almut Hintze and other lecture attendees.

Forthcoming Lectures

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18 March Dr Zakirullah JAN, (University of Peshawar) In Quest of the Indus Civilization in the Gomal plain, Northwest Pakistan SPECIAL EVENT In association with the Britain-Nepal Academic Council, CRASSH and the Centre for South Asian Studies 19 April Professor Robin CONINGHAM (University of Durham) Lumbini: preserving and protecting a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Nepal. NB: This lecture starts at 5.30pm and a reception will follow.  

Literary Bookcase

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The AIIT has recently been presented with an elegant glass-fronted bookcase which now gracefully adorns the landing at the top of the stairs. It was given to us by Trust friend Dr Dido Davies who inherited it from her stepfather Charles Dudley Massey (1905-1980), a key figure in the antiquarian book trade from 1923 until his death. Massey embarked on his long career in 1921 at Pickering & Chatto and became joint managing director of it on his father’s death in 1928. He thus became, at the early age of …

Frantz Grenet (Paris) on the Qarakhanids – Friday 10th December

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The Trust is hosting this coming Friday’s lecture (10th December), by Professor Frantz Grenet (Paris – excavator of Afrasiab) at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. The event starts at 5pm. There will be a reception to follow. The talk is entitled: The rediscovery of the court culture of the Qarakhanids (11th-early 13th centuries): recent results of the French-Uzbek Archaeological Mission at Afrasiab (Samarkand) The Qarakhanids, the first Muslim Turkish dynasty, who ruled Transoxiana or part of it from 999 to 1212 AD, have not, until now, enjoyed …