New Issue of INDIRAN, Spring 2012

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A new issue of  the Ancient India & Iran Trust’s newsletter, INDIRAN, is now available. This issue includes interviews with one of the Trust’s newly appointed Trustees and long time supporter of the AIIT, Professor Sam Lieu and our previous Pakistan Visiting Fellowship recipient, Dr Zakirullah Jan.  There is an excellent piece on Whitley Stokes, by Dr Elizabeth Boyle and Dr Paul Russell, who gave our final Friday lecture before Christmas and a review of two fascinating new books on FitzGerald’s Rubaiyat, by the Chairs of our Friends of the Trust, …

Friday Lecture: 4th May

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Friday 04 May 2012 ***THIS WEEK’S FRIDAY LECTURE*** Professor Julius LIPNER (Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge) on A HOSTAGE TO FORTUNE? HINDUISM AND THE CLASSICAL Lecture begins at 5.30pm – All welcome There will be a reception with light refreshments from 5.00 pm 23 Brooklands Avenue Cambridge CB2 8BG

First Friday Lecture of the Easter Term

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Professor Jean Kellens (Collège de France, Paris) on ‘Some Thoughts on Young Avestan Polytheism’ Lecture begins at 5.30pm – All welcome There will be a reception with light refreshments from 5.00 pm 23 Brooklands Avenue Cambridge CB2 8BG

بزرگان ایران زمین (Iranian Great Persons) series on BBC Persian

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BBC Persian have produced a series of programmes online entitled “بزرگان ایران زمین (Iranian Great Persons)”. Those featured are: 1) Zarathustra; 2) Cyrus; 3) Ferdowsi; 4) Ibn e Sina 5) Hafez 6) Mohammad Mosaddeq Over the next few days BBC Persian are broadcasting short documentaries around 20-30 minutes about each of them. Following this, people will be invited to vote to select one of the six, who they consider to be the greatest Iranian. The one on Zoroastrianism can be viewed by clicking on the link below and includes a …

Professor Gherardo Gnoli (1937–2012)

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It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Professor Gherardo Gnoli in the late evening of Wednesday, 7 March 2012, at the age of 74, after a long illness. A founding member and President of the Societas Iranologica Europaea, Professor Gnoli was one of the most distinguished scholars of pre-Islamic Iran. From 1965 to 1993 he was Professor of Iranian Studies at the University of Naples (L’Orientale) and from 1993 to 2008 at the University of Rome (La Sapienza). He was a member of academies in Italy, …