Arthur Millner – Damascus tiles: some enduring questions

in Academic Service - Archive by on December 8th, 2016

Event Date: 8 December 2016
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The Royal Asiatic Society presents:

Arthur Millner (Independent Scholar) – Damascus tiles: some enduring questions

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Jordan Goodman – Pictures, Texts and Plants: Joseph Banks and China, 1780-1820

in Academic Service - Archive by on December 6th, 2016

Event Date: 6 December 2016
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The Royal Asiatic Society presents:

Professor Jordan Goodman (Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London) – Pictures, Texts and Plants: Joseph Banks and China, 1780-1820

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Mark Watson – The Early Years of Natural History Exploration and the Role of Learned Societies

in Academic Service - Archive by on November 2nd, 2016

Event Date: 2 November 2016
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Mark WatsonThe Early Years of Natural History Exploration and the Role of Learned Societies

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Francis Robinson/Marion Molteno – The Famous Ghalib: The Sound of My Moving Pen

in Academic Service - Archive by on October 18th, 2016

Event Date: 18 October 2016
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The Royal Asiatic Society presents:

The Famous Ghalib: The Sound of My Moving Pen

The Famous Ghalib: The Sound of My Moving Pen introduces this great 19th century Urdu poet to anyone who wants to find out why his poetry has inspired generations of Urdu speakers and many others besides. It explains the form of poetry in which Ghalib wrote, and how he used its symbolism to express his response both to the universal experiences of life and to teh times that he himself lived through. It includes over 200 couplets in Ralph Russell’s translations, alongside the original Urdu – and also transcribed using both English and Hindi scripts, making Ghalib’s wonderful poetry accessible to the widest audience.

Ralph Russell (1918 – 2008) has been widely recognized as the greatest Western scholar of Urdu. His unusual skill as a translator and his insightful writing have opened up an appreciation of Urdu literature to a wide range of readers. Forover thirty years he headed the Urdu department at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and throughout his life regularly spent time both in India and Pakistan. He pioneered the teaching of Urdu to English speakers in communities in the UK, to encourage greater mutual understanding between people of different backgrounds.

Marion Molteno, the editor, studied Urdu with Ralph Russell and worked closely with him for the last 26 years of his life. She edited his autobiography and several of his major books on Urdu literature, and as his literary executor continues to edit his work. She is a prize-winning author of four novels and a collection of short stories, and her latest novel, Uncertain Light, draws on the inspiration of Ghalib in Ralph Russell’s translations.

Francis Robinson is Professor of South Asian History, Royal Holloway College, University of London.

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Rose Kerr – Zhenwu, the Dark Warrior: Daoist Beliefs and Imagery in China

in Academic Service - Archive by on September 27th, 2016

Event Date: 27 September 2016
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The Royal Asiatic Society presents:

Dr Rose Kerr (Victoria and Albert Museum) – Zhenwu, the Dark Warrior: Daoist Beliefs and Imagery in China

Introduction by Ed Weech (RAS) and Laura Cronin (Horniman Museum):

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Ilker Evrim Binbas – Intellectual Networks in Timurid Iran

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 29th, 2016

Event Date: 13 June 2016
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BOOK LAUNCH

Dr Ilker Evrim Binbas (RHUL) – Intellectual Networks in Timurid Iran

By focusing on the works and intellectual network of the Timurid historian Sharaf al Dīn ‘Alī Yazdī (d.1454), this book presents a holistic view of intellectual life in fifteenth century Iran. İlker Evrim Binbaş argues that the intellectuals in this period formed informal networks which transcended political and linguistic boundaries, and spanned an area from the western fringes of the Ottoman State to bustling late medieval metropolises such as Cairo, Shiraz, and Samarkand. The network included an Ottoman revolutionary, a Mamluk prophet, and a Timurid occultist, as well as physicians, astronomers, devotees of the secret sciences, and those political figures who believed that the network was a force to be taken seriously. Also discussing the formation of an early modern Islamicate republic of letters, this book offers fresh insights on the study of intellectual history beyond the limitations imposed by nationalist methodologies, established genres, and recognized literary traditions.

Dr Ilker Evrim Binbas is lecturer in Early Modern Asian Empires at Royal Holloway University of London.

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Michael Loewe – Problems of Han Administration

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 23rd, 2016

Event Date: 23 June 2016
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BOOK LAUNCH

Professor Michael Loewe (Cambridge) – Problems of Han Administration

Michael Loewe calls on literary and material evidence to examine three problems that arose in administering China’s early empires. Religious rites due to an emperor’s predecessors must both pay the correct services to his ancestors and demonstrate his right to succeed to the throne. In practical terms, tax collectors, merchants, farmers and townsmen required the establishment of a standard set of weights and measures that was universally operative and which they could trust. Those who saw reason to criticise the decisions taken by the emperor and his immediate advisors, whether on grounds of moral principles or political expediency, needed opportunities and the means of expressing their views, whether as remonstrants to the throne, by withdrawal from public life or as authors of private writings.

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Konrad Hirschler – Medieval Damascus: Plurality and Diversity in an Arabic Library

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 13th, 2016

Event Date: 13 June 2016
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BOOK LAUNCH

Professor Konrad Hirschler (SOAS) – Medieval Damascus: Plurality and Diversity in an Arabic Library

The written text was a pervasive feature of cultural practices in the medieval Middle East. At the heart of book circulation stood libraries that experienced a rapid expansion from the twelfth century onwards. While the existence of these libraries is well known, our knowledge of their content and structure has been very limited as hardly any medieval Arabic catalogues have been preserved. This book discusses the largest and earliest medieval library of the Middle East for which we have documentation – the Ashrafiya library in the very centre of Damascus – and edits its catalogue. The catalogue shows that even book collections attached to Sunni religious institutions could hold very diverse titles, including Mu’tazilite theology, Shi’ite prayers, medical handbooks, manuals for traders, stories from the 1001 Nights, and texts extolling wine consumption. At the same time this library catalogue decisively expands our knowledge of how books were thematically and spatially organised on the shelves of such a large medieval library. Listing over two thousand books the Ashrafiya catalogue is essential reading for anybody interested in the cultural and intellectual history of Arabic societies. Setting it into a comparative perspective with contemporaneous libraries on the British Isles opens new perspectives for the study of medieval libraries.

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Sarah Ansari – India at War: the Bombay Presidency’s ‘Home Front’, 1914-1918

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 9th, 2016

Event Date: 9 June 2016
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Professor Sarah Ansari (Royal Holloway) – India at War: the Bombay Presidency’s ‘Home Front’, 1914-1918

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William Lubenow – West to East/East to West

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 1st, 2016

Event Date: 1 June 2016
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The Royal Asiatic Society presents:

Professor William Lubenow (Stockton University, USA) – West to East/East to West: The Royal Asiatic Society and Western Knowledge of Asia

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