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Echoes of the Shahnama in Mediaeval Persian Historiography

Echoes of the Shahnama in Mediaeval Persian Historiography
121 St. Joseph St. Muzzo Family Alumn Hall Rm 400
Time: Mar 26th, 3:00 pm End: Mar 26th, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Political Science, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), Comparative Literature (FAS), Book History/Print Culture, 400-1200
2014 Kathleen and Roger Savory Lecture in Persian Studies by Charles Melville, Cambridge

The Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations and the Aga Khan Museum are pleased to present the third annual 2014 Kathleen and Roger Savory Lecture in Persian Studies:

Professor Charles Melville, University of Cambridge

Echoes of the Shahnama in Mediaeval Persian Historiography

Prof. Melville is the founder of the Shahnama Project at the University of Cambridge and the author and editor of numerous studies on the history and historiography of Iran, most recently Persian Historiography, volume 10 of the “History of Persian Literature” series (I.B. Tauris, 2012). His illustrated lecture will trace the impact of the Persian epic “Book of Kings,” completed by the poet Ferdowsi in 1010 AD, on the writing of history and the self-image of rulers in the medieval Persianate Islamic world.

The Savory Lecture series was established in 2011 in the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations for the purpose of holding an annual lecture by a distinguished scholar on some aspect of Persian studies in honour of Prof. Emeritus Roger Savory and his late wife, Kathleen. Professor Savory is an internationally renowned historian of the Safavid dynasty of Iran. He was also one of the pioneering faculty members in the development of Persian Studies at the University of Toronto where the teaching of Persian language, history and literature was first established in 1961.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For further information, please contact the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at (416) 978-3306.

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