Report on Manichaean Symposium at AIIT

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By Sam Lieu, AIIT Trustee A one-day symposium, ‘Mani in Cambridge’, was held on Saturday 25th March at the Ancient India and Iran Trust. The event was co-sponsored by the Trust, the International Association of Manichaean Studies and the Corpus Fontium Manichaeorum (with a small grant from the Union Académique Internationale). The study of the teaching of Mani (216-276 CE) and the history of his religion has been based on a series of remarkable textual discoveries made since the beginning of the 20th C in Central Asia (Turfan and Dunhuang), …

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 …

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 …

Bridget Allchin: Pioneering Prehistorian of South Asian Archaeology

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In celebration of Bridget Allchin’s 90th birthday by Danika Parikh, University of Cambridge Archaeologist Bridget Allchin was born Bridget Gordon on February 10th, 1927. Inspired by the work of W.J. Sollas, Bridget had nursed an ambition to study prehistory since childhood; she decided to go to university but made what she calls ‘the disappointing discovery’ that in Britain archaeology was not taught as a first degree subject at the time. She opted instead for a degree at UCL that included Ancient History, spending her Easter break excavating a prehistoric site …

Action-packed 4th Allchin Symposium on South Asian Archaeology

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by Danika Parikh, University of Cambridge December 2nd and 3rd saw the return of the Annual Allchin Symposium on South Asian Archaeology, now in its fourth year. After being hosted at the University of Durham in 2015, the Symposium returned to Cambridge and the Trust this month with an action-packed line up spanning South Asian archaeology from Afghanistan to Sri Lanka, from the Neolithic to modern perceptions of the past in Indian cinema. As with other years, the Symposium kicked off with a Friday evening keynote lecture. Roberta Tomber of …