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6/29/06

Art and Culture of Iranian Shiism to be Discussed in Oxford

By Soudabeh Sedigh
 
Oxford University will be the host of a conference on the Art and material Culture of Iranian Shiism, 7-8 of July 2006.
 
 
Tehran, 28 June 2006 (CHN) -- The conference on the Art and Material Culture of Iranian Shiism will be held at Oxford University from 7-8 July 2006 by the attendance of scholars, experts in Iranian studies and historians.

This conference is organized by the Middle East Center of
St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford in association with the Maison Francaise d’Oxford and the Iran Heritage Foundation, and is supported by the Institute of Ismaili Studies.

The conference will cover Iran from earliest Islamic times until the 21st century, with a special focus on four main periods including Safavid (1501-1736 AD), Qajar (1796-1925 AD), Pahlavi (1925-1979 AD) and the present time after the Islamic Revolution of the 1979.

According to the Iran Heritage Foundation, despite the numerous studies of Iranian art and material culture, covering architecture, object studies, flat art, and photography, very little work has been published on the subject of Shiite art.

“This first interdisciplinary conference aims to address this problem by bringing together historians, art historians, anthropologists and folklorists, in order to try and identify what is specifically Shiite in the art and material culture of Iran. It will also include Iranian Shiism as it has spread to other areas of the Islamic world, in particular India and East Africa,” says Iran Heritage Foundation in its announcement.

Some scientists from Iran, the United States, Norway, Germany, France, Uzbekistan, Lebanon, England and Pakistan will give lectures in this conference.

The conference will be held at Maison Francaise d’Oxford, University of Oxford, 2-10 Norham Road, Oxford OX2 6SE.

For further information or to book your accommodation, you may refer to the website of University of Oxford at:
www.oxford.gov.uk


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