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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

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. Photographs of enslaved children, women and men in Iran during the Qajar period provide compelling and haunting documentation of individuals…

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April 2017

Senenmut Redivivus: The Interesting Life & Afterlife of an Ancient Egyptian Official

April 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 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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March 2017

Speed Dating (Artifacts) In Ancient Egypt

March 23 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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 a pro.

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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 pm - 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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February 2017

Roma Aeterna in the Middle Ages

February 9 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

The medieval sources produced in Rome and about Rome collectively exhibit a singular characteristic  which scholars have not yet adequately identified or addressed as a uniquely Roman feature. In contrast with most other cities and institutions, Rome and its church did not develop the diachronic relationship with their memory and territory that would have resulted in the writing of chronicles and annals. Instead, Roman historical writing adopted a synchronic approach that mirrored the conceptual structure expressed in rituals, catalogues, and…

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December 2016

New Light on the Egyptian Origin of the Hebrew Alphabet

December 1, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - December 2, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

The publication of a new inscription from Theban Tomb 99 sheds new light on the early history of the Hebrew Alphabet.  This ostracon is a bilingual “abecedary” written in Egyptian Hieroglyphic and Semitic.  It gives further evidence for an Egyptian connection to the origins of the early Hebrew alphabet. Sponsored by the UCLA Near Eastern Languages & Cultures Cosponsored by the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies UCLA College of Humanities Kershaw Chair of Ancient Eastern Mediterranean Studies Cotsen Institute…

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November 2016

New Archaeological Discoveries in Israel: the Case of Samson in Stone -Lecture by Jodi Magness

November 15, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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The Arabic Freud: Psychoanalysis and Islam in Modern Egypt

November 10, 2016 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Presented by Omnia El Shakry, Associate Professor of History at UC Davis What might it mean to think through psychoanalysis and Islam together, not as a problem, but as a creative encounter of ethical engagement? Traversing literatures minor and major, Omnia El Shakry shows how postwar thinkers in Egypt translated and blended psychoanalytic theories with classical Islamic concepts. El Shakry explores how Freudian ideas of the unconscious were crucial to the formation of modern discourses of subje ctivity in fields…

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October 2016

Celebrating the Ghaznavids: Representations of Court Culture in Medieval Persian Poetry

October 26, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The first substantial amount of classical Persian poetry dates from the 11th century. A large part of this poetry has been composed for the Ghaznavid dynasty (11th-12th century), who ruled semi-independently over large territories of the eastern caliphate. The poetry produced for this dynasty has been of vital importance for the development of a flourishing poetical tradition in the centuries to follow. In this talk, I will discuss one of the major genres of court poetry, the qasida, using some…

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Book Talk: When Hajji Baba Met Frankenstein: The Middle Eastern Encounter with the Scientific Revolution

October 20, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The Love of Strangers- What Six Muslim Students Learned in Jane Austen’s London In 1815, the Iranian Crown Prince ‘Abbas Mirza dispatched six young men to travel to England in search of the technological ‘new sciences’. One of these students, Mirza Salih Shirazi, recorded their experiences of almost four years of study in a journal that describes their engagement with a wide range of scientific discoveries. Included in their studies were the new approaches to medicine, physics and theology that…

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February 2016

Religious Institutions as Instruments of Achaemenid Rule in Egypt

February 23, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Jahangir and Eleanor Amuzegar Chair in Iranian Studies & The Musa Sabi Term Chair of Iranian Studies present Religious Institutions as Instruments of Achaemenid Rule in Egypt Dr. Henry Colburn Getty Research Institute This talk examines some of the roles played by Egyptian temples in the implementation and maintenance of Achaemenid Persian rule in Egypt, c. 526-404 BCE, through two case studies. The first focuses on the temples established and enlarged by Darius I in the Kharga Oasis in Egypt’s western desert.…

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Religious Polemic and Apocalyptic Traditions: Describing the Other

February 8, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Texts that in modern scholarship are classified as “historical apocalypses” have often been vectors of inter-religious polemic. Within the earliest Mediterranean Christian traditions (Latin-, Greek- and Syriac-language) these texts have incorporated anti-Judaic polemic, without necessarily belonging to the well defined adversus Iudaeos type compositions. On the other hand, the latter genre often included elements that originated in eschatological speculations, especially with regards to the figure of an end-time savior vs. an end-time villain, whose significance ranged from being a Messiah/Christ…

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November 2015

The Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series: “Sasanian Law and Other Legal Systems”

November 18, 2015 @ 3:00 am - 4:30 pm

UCLA Iranian Studies presents The Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series Sasanian Law in its Social Context November 9-18, 2015 A series of five lectures by Maria Macuch Professor of Iranian Studies Freie Universität Berlin Sasanian Law and other Legal Systems The final lecture discusses the impact of Iranian law on other important legal systems of the Near East, be it Rabbinic and Nestorian-Christian, or be it Islamic and especially Shi’ite, law. Reception to follow at the Royce Hall Terrace at 5:30pm Synopsis of the 2015 Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series:…

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The Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series: “Civil and Criminal Proceedings”

November 16, 2015 @ 3:00 am - 4:30 pm

UCLA Iranian Studies presents The Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series Sasanian Law in its Social Context November 9-18, 2015 A series of five lectures by Maria Macuch Professor of Iranian Studies Freie Universität Berlin Civil and Criminal Proceedings The fourth lecture reviews the judicial system, the foundation upon which the privileges of the élites were built, and the position of religious minorities, the Jews and Christians, within the framework of the judiciary. Synopsis of the 2015 Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series: Legal texts are among the more important sources for…

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The Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series: “Property and Inheritance”

November 13, 2015 @ 3:00 am - 4:30 pm

UCLA Iranian Studies presents The Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series Sasanian Law in its Social Context November 9-18, 2015 A series of five lectures by Maria Macuch Professor of Iranian Studies Freie Universität Berlin Property and Inheritance The third lecture explores the general concept of property, in particular, how it gave rise to complex categories crucial to preserving the possessions of affluent élites, while ensuring that proprietary rights were preserved from one generation to the next. Synopsis of the 2015 Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series: Legal texts are among the…

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The Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series: “Kinship Ties and Fictive Alliances”

November 12, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

UCLA Iranian Studies presents The Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series Sasanian Law in its Social Context November 9-18, 2015 A series of five lectures by Maria Macuch Professor of Iranian Studies Freie Universität Berlin Kinship Ties and Fictive Alliances The second lecture examines questions pertaining to Family Law, in particular, the role of kinship ties that are of paramount importance in Sasanian jurisprudence. The lecture also elaborates on the significance of legal institutions within the context of marriage and succession. Synopsis of the 2015 Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series: Legal…

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The Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series: “Legal Sources and Instruments of Law”

November 9, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

UCLA Iranian Studies presents The Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series Sasanian Law in its Social Context November 9-18, 2015 A series of five lectures by Maria Macuch Professor of Iranian Studies Freie Universität Berlin Legal Sources and Instruments of Law The opening lecture will provide an overview of the available legal material, dispersed in a great variety of sources, and discuss the many pitfalls Iranists encounter in reconstructing the Sasanian legal system.   Synopsis of the 2015 Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series: Legal texts are among the more important…

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