Nasir Khusraw guaranteed Iranian identity: Eslami Nodushan

Nasir Khusraw guaranteed Iranian identity: Eslami Nodushan

TEHRAN — Persian literature expert Mohammad-Ali Eslami Nodushan said that Iranian poet Nasser Khosro (1004-C1072) guaranteed Iranian identity and became eternal in the history of Persian literature. “He was influenced by [Persian poet] Ferdowsi and was one of his enthusiasts. More than everything and everyone else, these two poets were similar in their attitudes toward…

Folio from the Shahnama of Shah Tahmasp (ca. 1532).Image: Archnet

The Aga Khan Museum’s collection includes a folio from the epic Persian poem, Shahnama

The Shahnama was composed by the Persian poet Firdausi (d. 1020) around the year 1000. It tells the story of ancient Iran (Persia) from the time of Creation to the conquest of Islam in the seventh century. The history of Iran is divided into three successive dynasties: the Pishdadiyan (the early legendary shahs, who established civilization and fought…

One of a pair of lacquer painted covers. Persia, late 16th century. Private Collection, LondonImage: The Institute of Ismaili Studies

The Persian art of decorating book covers influenced European styles

Persian artists  introduced a range of innovative ideas, both technical as well as artistic … Persian miniature painting  transformed book covering into an elaborate art form. The art of binding and the protection of scripts are as old as writing itself. The contribution made by Musli craftsmen has been a significant element in the history…

Aga Khan Professorship of Iranian Studies becomes an inspiration for Armenian calligrapher’s work

Aga Khan Professorship of Iranian Studies becomes an inspiration for Armenian calligrapher’s work

PanARMENIAN.Net – “Animating the Word: The Legacy of Iran’s Minority Calligraphic Traditions” will open on Wednesday, Dec 10 and run until Dec 30, ArtfixDaily reported. While Persian calligraphy and artwork is more familiar to most audiences, there are other rich traditions of calligraphy in the minority cultures of Iran. These traditions have inspired a genre…

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Imam Mustansir bi’llah II’s mausoleum is still preserved in Iran

In the tenth century, Ismaili Imams established a state in North Africa (from 909) and later in Egypt (973–1171), who claimed descent from the Prophet Muhammad through Imam Ali, and derived their name from the Prophet’s daughter, Fatima. During the Fatimid period, often referred to as the “golden age” of Ismailism, Ismaili thought and literature attained their summit.…

Kahak served as the residence and headquarters of Nizari Imams in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Image: The Institute of Ismaili Studies

Kahak, in Iran, was an epicentre of Imamat activities

After the fall of the Fatimid Empire in 1171, the seat of the Nizari Imamat moved to Persia (modern day Iran) where Ismailis had succeeded in establishing a state in 1090 with its headquarters at Alamut. After the fall of Alamut to the Mongols in 1256, many Ismailis found refuge in Afghanistan, the Oxus basin in…

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Iran plans to offer Alamut Fortress to UNESCO | PressTV

Iran plans to offer the historical Alamut Fortress to UNESCO for a possible inscription on the World Heritage list of the UN organization. Located in Alamut region in Iran’s Qazvin Province, the castle is a mountain structure built on a massive rock in an altitude of 2,100 meters above sea level. The fabled ruin of…

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Visiting Research Associate of Institute of Ismaili Studies, Dr. Miklos Sarkozy delivers lecture on Nizari Ismailis, in Tehran

November 1, 2014 – Iran Book News Agency (IBNA) – Attended by the Hungarian scholar Miklos Sarkozy (PhD), The Meeting of Nizari Ismaili State Studies is to be held in the House of Literati in Tehran today. According to IBNA correspondent, the House of Literati affiliated to Iran’s Book House will host the event, where,…

The Nizari Ismailis of the Alamut period: Astronomy

The Nizari Ismailis of the Alamut period: Astronomy

Nasir al-Din al-Tusi contributed to the heliocentric model of planetary motion. Researched by Nimira Dewji Nasir al-Din al-Tusi (1201-1274), a renowned Muslim scholar, spent three decades at Alamut writing works on astronomy, theology, philosophy, and other subjects. Historians agree that it is primarily through Al-Tusi’s extant works that they have an understanding of the Nizari…

The Nizari Ismailis of the Alamut period: Engineers

The Nizari Ismailis of the Alamut period: Engineers

The Nizari Ismailis of the Alamut period were highly skilled water engineers. Researched by Nimira Dewji According to modern scholarship, Ismaili castle design in the Alamut period (1090-1256) included water engineering of the highest order. Compared to the designs of the Crusaders, the Ismaili approach to castle architecture was more elaborate: for example, water was…

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Mysticism and the Plurality of Meaning: The Case of the Ismailis of Rural Iran

To what extent does mysticism require a withdrawal from the world? Is there a contradiction between the demands of contemplation and those of an active, responsible life? Is the mystical perspective antagonistic to the intellect? Rafique Keshavjee uses as a case study the Ismailis of rural Iran, whose ideas and actions question the notion that…

"The enthronement of Hurmuzd,” folio from an early 14th century “CAMA” Shahnama manuscript. On temporary loan to the Shahnama Centre from the collection of the late Dr. Mehdi Gharavi. Image courtesy Ameneh Gharavi and Dean Entekabi

Connections: Shahnama Centre for Persian Studies – Pembroke College (University of Cambridge), Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Sir Isaac Newton Trust, Iran Heritage Foundation, British Academy.

Shahnama or The Book of Kings by Abu’l-Qasim Hasan Firdausi and its crucial role in the formation of the Iranian cultural identity throughout the ages to present day. The text of the Shahnama, based on the ancient Iranian mythology, was completed in 1010 and is the longest poem ever written by a single author in the whole history of humankind. Global philanthropist Bita…

Riza Elahi's Compilation: Castle of Alamut

Riza Elahi’s Compilation: Castle of Alamut

The Alamut valley lies in the Alburz mountain range, in the north of modern-day Iran, half way between Tehran and the Caspian Sea. The castle is built on a narrow ridge on top of a high rock in the heart of the mountains and dominating an enclosed valley, about 25 kilometres in length. More than…

Professor Richard N. Frye dies at 94 | Harvard Gazette

Professor Richard N. Frye dies at 94 | Harvard Gazette

Aga Khan Professor of Iranian Studies Emeritus founded Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies By Beth Giudicessi, Harvard Correspondent In the summer of 1948, Richard N. Frye was nearing the end of a postdoctoral fellowship in the Society of Fellows of Harvard University when he traveled to southern Iran, making his way by mule to…

Richard N. Frye, 1920-2014: Dean of American Iranianists

Richard N. Frye, 1920-2014: Dean of American Iranianists

Richard Nelson Frye,  Aga Khan Professor of Iranian Studies Emeritus at Harvard and the virtual founder of Iranian and Central Asian Studies in the United States, has passed away at the age of 94. Frye wrote widely on Iranian history and culture, from Ancient Iran to the present but with a special interest in the…

IIS Scholar Prof. Eric Ormsby receives World Book Award of the Islamic Republic of Iran

IIS Scholar Prof. Eric Ormsby receives World Book Award of the Islamic Republic of Iran

The translator of Nasir Khusraw’s Jami al-Hikmatayn; ‘Between Reason and Revelation’ said: “Political concerns was the major cause his translation has failed to be received well in the Europe. IBNA: Speaking with IBNA here in Tehran hours before receiving his World Book Award of the Islamic Republic of Iran for his grand English translation of…

SINA Hall of Fame Class of 2013: Dr Seyyed Hossein Nasr

SINA Hall of Fame Class of 2013: Dr Seyyed Hossein Nasr

SINA (Spirit of Iranian Noted Achievers) is an organization founded to formally recognize and honor Iranians who have made outstanding contributions to the fields of the Arts, Business & Leadership, Engineering, Humanities, Medicine, Philanthropy, and Science. Dr. Hossein Nasr was the first Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Studies at the American University of Beirut. More…

Ferdowsi’s Shāhnāma - Millennial Perspectives

Ferdowsi’s Shāhnāma – Millennial Perspectives

Olga M. Davidson, Olga M. Davidson, Marianna Shreve Simpson, Marianna Shreve Simpson | Harvard University Press Ferdowsi’s Shāhnāma: Millennial Perspectives celebrates the ongoing reception, over the last thousand years, of a masterpiece of classical Persian poetry. The epic of the Shāhnāma or Book of Kings glorifies the spectacular achievements of Iranian civilization from its mythologized…

Institute of Ismaili Studies Organises Colloquium on Approaches to the Qur’an in Contemporary Iran

Institute of Ismaili Studies Organises Colloquium on Approaches to the Qur’an in Contemporary Iran

The Qur’anic Studies Unit at the IIS organised an international colloquium from 2–4 September 2013 entitled Approaches to the Qur’an in Contemporary Iran. This was the second event following two panels in 2012 at the Ninth Biennial Iranian Studies Conference in Istanbul. The colloquium brought together twenty-four scholars from around the globe representing seventeen institutions…

Asia Society’s Exhibition In New York: Iran Modern

Iran Modern is the first major museum exhibition mounted with loans from the United States, Europe, and the Middle East to focus on Iran’s dynamic modern art scene. The exhibition spans the three decades prior to the 1979 Revolution, a period of great economic, political, and societal change in the country. By the mid-1970s Tehran,…

Kayhan Kalhor & Ali Bahrami Fard: I Will Not Stand Alone

Kurdish and Persian master musicians perform from their recent album, I Will Not Stand Alone, on November 16 New York, NY – Asia Society continues its fall series “New Sounds from Iran” with a performance by Kayhan Kalhor, a master of classical Kurdish and Persian music, three time Grammy-Award nominated, and an original member of…