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April 2017

Iran-Iraq War (1980-88) and the Creation of the “Sacred Defense Art”

April 30 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

© Revayat-e Farth Institute, Tehran, Iran. Caption: Morteza Avini. A lecture in Persian by Pedram Khosronejad Pedram Khosronejad is Farzaneh Family Chair and Associate Director for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies Program (IPGS) at the Oklahoma State University and also associate member of Groupe Sociétés, Religions, Laicités, CNRS-Paris, France. He obtained his PhD at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. His research interests include cultural and social anthropology, the anthropology of death and dying, visual…

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May 2017

Lost Souls: Photography of African Eunuchs & Female Servants in Qajar Iran

May 1 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

©The Farhad Diba Collection of Qajar Photographs. Caption: Malek Jahan Khanom/ Mahd-e Olia, the mother of Naser al-Din Shah Qajar A lecture in English by Pedram Khosronejad The focus of scholars of photography of Qajar Iran, remains fixed solely on photographic content, without any consideration of the materiality of photographic form. Recognizing photographs as material culture is a way to address such a blind spot, and suggests that any methodological use of them requires a more complex and subtle approach.…

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How much of a physician was Rashīd al-Dīn?

May 24 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A lecture by Judith Pfeiffer (University of Bonn) Rashīd al-Dīn Faḍl Allāh Hamadānī (d. 718/1318) is often introduced as “ṭabīb,” or ‘physician,’ mostly to distinguish him from authors with similar names, notably the epistolographer Rashīd al-Dīn Waṭwāṭ (d. 578/1182). This paper discusses Rashīd al-Dīn’s scholarly persona as a physician. Starting from his epithet, ṭabīb, the paper explores his role as a medical practitioner, patron, and author of scholarly medical treatises, arguing that Rashīd al-Dīn’s name is henceforth to be included in earnest…

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