AIIT Library – Basement Refurbishment, Summer 2017

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The AIIT library’s latest refurbishment project is the conversion of one of its basement rooms to provide further storage for collections. What is currently the boiler/laundry room will be the third basement room to be converted to allow space for new rolling stacks to be fitted.     The installation in 2015 of 30 bays for storage in a previously converted basement room provided an additional 180 linear metres of book space.  After the conversion of our boiler room (which will include a much needed upgrade to a more efficient system), …

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AIIT prizewinners at 3rd Biennial Conference of Symposia Iranica

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Symposia Iranica recently held its 3rd Biennial Conference at Pembroke College Cambridge on 11th and 12th April. Founded in 2012, Symposia Iranica has established a dedicated forum for postgraduates and early career scholars working on any aspect of Iranian studies in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. This year it included over 100 speakers from 23 countries. The Ancient India and Iran Trust was very pleased to support the project and contributed two prizes for the best presentations in the field of pre-Islamic Iranian studies. The choice was hard but …

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 …

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 …