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April 2017

Arabic-Hebrew Cafe

April 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Senenmut Redivivus: The Interesting Life & Afterlife of an Ancient Egyptian Official

April 11 @ 12:30 pm

Senenmut was one of ancient Egypt’s most famous personalities: chief minister and possible lover of Queen Hatshepsut (c. 1473-1478), Egypt’s female pharaoh. More monuments are known for Senenmut than for any other official of the New Kingdom, implying his exceptional status during life. Recently, an unassuming stone fragment in the Manchester Museum, UK, proved the existence of yet another statue of Senenmut. This lecture will present this rediscovery, and attempt to explain the significance of the man, his monuments and…

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Literature: Its Existence and Its Appearance

April 9 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A lecture in Persian by Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak Bud o Nemud-e Sokhan (Literature: Its Existence and Its Appearance) brings together twenty select articles which Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak has written and published in the Persian language over three decades of academic service in the United States, and which have a bearing on a novel understanding of the history of Persian Literature. In an extensive Introductory essay, the author relates each of the works he analyzes and interprets to its specific social context and…

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The Inventors of the Alphabet — Erudite Scribes or Unlettered MinersOrly

April 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

According to Orly Goldwasser’s analysis of the evidence, the alphabet was invented around 1840 BCE by illiterate Canaanite mining experts working in the Sinai site of Serabit el-Khadem. This conclusion is based on a painstaking comparative analysis of the paleography of the Middle Kingdom hieroglyphs in the Egyptian temple on the site and the so-called “Proto-Sinaitic” inscriptions that were discovered primarily in and around the neighboring mines.The inventors of the alphabet were inspired by the highly pictorial hieroglyphs around them,…

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Camera Orientalis: Reflections on Photography of the Middle East

April 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A book celebration for Ali Behdad In the decades after its invention in 1839, photography was inextricably linked to the Middle East. Introduced as a crucial tool for Egyptologists and Orientalists who needed to document their archaeological findings, the photograph was easier and faster to produce in intense Middle Eastern light—making the region one of the original sites for the practice of photography. A pioneering study of this intertwined history, Camera Orientalis: Reflections on Photography of the Middle East (University…

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March 2017

The Anatomy of Loyalty and Patterns of Patronage in the Religio-political Culture of Sixteenth Century Iran

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

Dr. Khafipour discusses the spiritual dimensions of political loyalty that was instrumental in the formation of strong ties between the Safavid rulers and their chiefs at the epicenter of the order, where power was continually contested. Drawing on a wide variety of historical and literary sources, Islamic theology, and theories of power, he discusses the anatomy of political loyalty among the early Safavids within the context of early modern state formation and posits that hierarchies of spiritual power inherent in…

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Iran-China Relations in a Changing World

March 5 @ 4:00 am - 6:00 pm

A lecture in Persian As two great civilizations with an illustrious imperial past, Iran and China have a long history of trade, political and cultural ties that go back to the ancient Silk Road more than 2100 years ago.  Islam was introduced to China by Persian speaking Muslims.  Currently, China has more than 30 million Muslims living primarily in the Western part of the country. Against this historical backdrop, Iran and China have witnessed an impressive expansion of their bilateral…

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The unusual New Kingdom Tomb-Chapel of Isisnofret on a rocky outcropping at Northwest Saqqara

March 3 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

  Dr. Nozomu Kawai specializes in history, art and archaeology of the New Kingdom in Egypt, with a particular emphasis on the period from the late Eighteenth Dynasty to the Nineteenth Dynasty. She has been directing Japanese archaeological excavation at Northwest Saqqara / South Abusir since 2001. Her Ph.D. thesis was on the reign of Tutankhamun (Studies in the Reign of Tutankhamun, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Johns Hopkins University, 2005). She is currently working for the revision of her…

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February 2017

Speed Dating (Artifacts) In Ancient Egypt

February 28 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  Workshop Ever wanted to know how to date an Egyptian statue? What makes an Amenhotep III face recognizable? How can you tell if a piece was recarved? What about the dating of Egyptian non-royal objects? This workshop will teach some of the tricks of the trade – using the shape of an eye, or a drooping lotus, or a distinctive belly button – as well as introducing the standards of portraiture. Come and learn to date Egyptian artifacts like…

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Egyptian Coffins and Sarcophagi in the San Diego Museum of Man: Some Technical Studies

February 23 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    The San Diego museum of man has a collection of Saite and Ptolemaic coffins and mummies which were the subject of a technical study from 2007-2009.  Pigments, binding media, grounds, wood and degradation products were characterized by x ray diffraction analyses, x ray fluorescence spectroscopy, polarized light microscopy, wood anatomy, gas chromatography mass spectrometry and Elisa, a synopsis of the results of the study will be presented with examples of specific coffins illustrated. Light lunch provided. David Scott…

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