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October 2017

How much of a physician was Rashīd al-Dīn?

October 18 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Photo: Humboldt Foundation/Wolfgang Hemmann 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…

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Rashīd al-Dīn in the Eye of the Beholder: Proposing a Holistic Approach to Reception History

October 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Photo: Humboldt Foundation/Wolfgang Hemmann Central Asia in Transition Lecture by Judith Pfeiffer (University of Bonn) Recent scholarship has painted a rather dim picture of the Mongol-Ilkhanid vizier and historian Rashīd al-Dīn’s (d. 718/1318) historiographical impact in the Muslim world. This lecture proposes a holistic approach to Rashīd al-Dīn’s oeuvre that includes both his historiographical and theoretical works, and adduces evidence to revise the above statement by reviewing the reception of Rashīd al-Dīn in the Islamic world with a special focus…

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What Kind of Wine did Rudaki Fancy?

October 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A lecture in English by Kamran Talattof (University of Arizona). October 09, 2017. One of the earliest Persian poets, Rudaki (859–941), employed the word wine within a wide semantic register in his poems. However, his unicity is most manifest when the process of wine making is depicted within a highly allegorical poem entitled “Mother of Wine.” Through contextual, historical, and discursive analyses, it is argued that this poem—written in the form of a qasideh—was composed for the purpose of being performed…

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Sexuality and Cultural Change in Iranian Cinema

October 8 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A lecture in Persian by Kamran Talattof (University of Arizona). October 8, 2017. The history of Iranian cinema adequately reflects the construction of gender in Iran. But the expression of sexuality is a problematic notion on a number of levels. In western societies, the preoccupation with human sexuality prompted reflection about human physiology, gender identity, and ethical considerations, resulting in the perception of sex as ontologically separate from mere reproduction, eventually facilitating sexual expression. In traditional segments of Iranian society,…

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Greater Glory: Darius I and Divinity in Achaemenid Royal Ideology

October 4 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Matthew Waters (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire) The close link between the king and the divine has deep roots in Near Eastern royal ideologies, and the Persian kings during the Achaemenid period (c. 550-330 BCE) followed this tradition. Exactly how close was the link? Recent studies suggest a blurred line between the two especially during at least some parts of the Neo-Assyrian period. However one chooses to answer that question for the Achaemenids, the king is to be considered a fulcrum.…

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June 2017

Abbas Kiarostami: The Man and His Arts

June 11 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

On Kiarostami’s Poetic Landscapes Shiva Balaghi Abbas Kiarostami: The Belated Poet Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak The Artful Cinema of Abbas Kiarostami Hamid Naficy Take Me Home (2016) Film screening and remarks by Ahmad Kiarostami Roundtable discussion Moderated by Nayereh Tohidi *Presentations in English followed by a Roundtable Discussion in Persian Shiva Balaghi is a cultural historian, focusing on the visual arts of the contemporary Middle East. For nearly two decades, she taught history and art history at NYU and Brown University. Her…

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May 2017

** CANCELLED ** How much of a physician was Rashīd al-Dīn?

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

Photo: Humboldt Foundation/Wolfgang Hemmann THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. 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…

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My Story: From Iran to NASA and Beyond

May 19 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dr. Azadeh Tabazadeh is an author, environmental consultant, and has worked as a senior research scientist at NASA. She has taught geophysics at Stanford University and received her doctoral degree in physical chemistry from UCLA. Named as a top “Brilliant 10” young scientist in the U.S. by ​Popular Science​ , Tabazadeh has published more than 60 articles  and was given a Presidential White House Award. Come see Tabazadeh speak on her experiences, including her TIME-featured memoir ​The Sky Detective​  that details her life growing up in Iran. Light refreshments will be served. Co-sponsored by UCLA Iranian Studies

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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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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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