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 …

Exhibition at Fitzwilliam Museum: Epic of the Persian Kings: The Art of Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh

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This exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge runs until Sun 9 January 2011. For those who are not able to visit in person, a virtual exhibition can be seen at http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/gallery/shahnameh/index.html. Divided into 5 sections examining different aspects of the Shahnameh, it includes images and detailed descriptions of 72 of the 104 exhibits. Events connected with the exhibition include: The Shahnameh and Persian Poetry With Professor Richard Davis, Ohio State University 8 December 2010 17:00 to 18:00. Admission Free. NB at the Faculty of Classics, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 9DA …

Visit to the Northern Silk Road Oasis Turfan

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Together with Nicholas Sims-Williams and Erica Hunter I recently attended the Turfan Forum on Old Languages of the Silk Road organised in Turfan, Xinjiang, by Academia Turfanica, the Turfan Museum and the Bureau of Cultural Heritage of the Turfan Region, 24-26 October 2010.  This was a first visit to China and Central Asia for me, providing a wonderful opportunity to meet Chinese colleagues and visit the sites we have all been working on for so long (Bezeklik, Khocho, Toyuq and Bulayik), up to now familiar only from the works of …

The 2010 NACIRA Conference & General Meeting

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The NACIRA 2010 conference and AGM will be held on Tuesday 7th December 2010 from 10.30am – 4.30pm at the Japan Foundation in Russell Square, London WC1. The theme for the 2010 conference will be the Medium is the Message -New digital resources for Asian & Middle Eastern studies. Speakers include: Rachel Rowe of the film and photograph digitisation project at the Centre for South Asian Studies, Cambridge; Malcolm Raggett of the Fürer-Haimendorf photographic collection digitisation project at SOAS; Sam van Schaik of the Dunhuang Project at the BL; Jane Lewisohn …