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13 Nov 2015, 5:30pm Room 8&9, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern studies, Sidgwick avenue, cb3 9da

Arminius Vámbéry the Hungarian-Jewish explorer and Orientalist had a really adventurous life. Completely self-taught in science, Vámbéry was a close ally of British and Ottoman political circles as well as an expert of the Muslim world.He set out for his world-famous trip at the end of 1861. Disguised under the name of Rashid Efendi, the most challenging part of his travels occurred in 1863, when Vámbéry travelled through Central Asia.

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29 Oct 2015

The first in this year's series of Cambridge Lectures in Islamic Art (CLIA) will take place on Thursday 29 October. Our speaker will be Professor J. M. Rogers (The Nour Foundation; Khalili Professor Emeritus of Islamic Art at SOAS and Honorary Curator of the Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art), who will present a paper entitled '"Nothing Succeeds Like Excess": Princely Magnificence and an Ottoman Gift to Nadir Shah Afshar'

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20 Jul 2015

The manuscript is a very generous gift donated to the Centre for its inauguration on 24 May 2014 by Ali Akbar Javad, a private collector who migrated to the USA in 1975 and resides in Washington DC. On his suggestion the manuscript is called the ‘Shahriar Shahnama’ in memory of his late brother Dr. Shahriar Javad, who was a pioneer in the field of Operation Research in US Logistics. Shahriar Javad passed away on 2 March 2014. 

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