Open Lecture 26 October 2017 – 6pm

Title: Safavid Architecture: speaking to a multi-constituency polity in pre-modern Iran.

This lecture, by Professor Andrew Newman of University of Edinburgh, will first set out the main conventional wisdoms as to the history and dynamics of Iran’s Safavid period (1501-1722) and identify the key secondary sources in which this discourse has been, and continues to be, found. It will then offer a rejoinder to this narrative, in the process suggesting how Safavid architecture is one of a number of the period’s discourses which, if carefully examined, offers a more interesting, and decidedly more dynamic narrative, which might better explain the period’s trends and events. The talk will conclude with a discussion of the relevance of the western-language field of Safavid studies in the current international political climate.

This Open Lecture is FREE but booking is required. To register for the lecture, please click here.

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