Recent additions to the Library

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Several of our most recent additions to the AIIT Library were generously donated. All of these books are now catalogued and available to view in the Library: The founder of Manichaeism : rethinking the Life of Mani: The Jordan Lectures in Comparative Religion, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London, 30 May – 2 June 2016  / Iain Gardner. Cambridge: CUP, 2020 (gift of the publisher). Shelfmark: AIIT.a.2687 A handbook of Khotanese / Ronald E. Emmerick [deceased] ; completed and edited by Mauro Maggi, John S. Sheldon, and …

Joe Cribb Honoured

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Our trustee Joe Cribb was honoured at an event at the Royal Asiatic Society (RAS) on 18 April. The event was a celebration of Joe’s 75th birthday and the publication produced in recognition of his contribution to numismatics: Look at the Coins! Papers in Honour of Joe Cribb on his 75th Birthday. This title was chosen because of the frequency with which Joe has reminded fellow researchers to look at the coins themselves rather than relying on secondary sources. Joe’s colleagues Helen Wang, Robert Bracey and Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis all …

Digging through the Trust’s Allchin Archive proves rewarding for visiting fellow

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At the beginning of March, the Trust welcomed NTICVA (Nehru Trust for the Indian Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum) Visiting Fellowhip recipient Professor Arjun Rao. Professor Rao is from the Department of History and Archaeology at Central University, Karnataka, and is currently working on several areas of prehistoric archaeological research, but wanted to visit AIIT during his fellowship in the UK to look at the research papers and notes related to Raymond Allchin’s PhD thesis on prehistoric sites in South India. The trust archive holds a copy of …

Feasting on the Shahnameh

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Amongst the manuscripts we hold at the Trust is Abolqasem Ferdawsi’s tenth-century epic Persian poem, the Shahnameh, copied in Samarkand in 1604. When I first applied for the Administrator post, this felt like an added reason to work here, as my name derives from that of Manizheh, the daughter of King Afrasyab and the heroine of the love story ‘Bizhan and Manizheh’ told in the Shahnameh. That this story was housed here reinforced the personal affinity I have always felt with the Trust. However, while I was aware of my …

Recent Library Acquisitions – Murty Classical Library of India

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Recent acquisitions of new books for the AIIT library include the first 18 volumes in the new Murty Classical Library of India series (MCLI), published by Harvard University Press. The Murty Classical Library is a facing-page translation series. The series includes English translations of classical works alongside the original texts in the appropriate regional script. The original Indic languages include Bangla, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Pali, Panjabi, Persian, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu. Below is a list of the library’s holdings – the complete series published so far, but new …