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The Unheard Voices from Eastern Iran and the Eastern Islamicate World
Dr Arezou Azad, Director of the Invisible East Programme at Oxford University, will reveal an unexpected richness of astonishing historical material coming from the vast region that stretches across the modern states of Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asia and China, referred to as “eastern Iran” and the “eastern Islamicate World’ in the scholarship. 

This material, which dates to the half millennium that followed the coming of Islam in the 8th century to the arrival of the Mongols in the 13th century CE, is as diverse as it is fascinating. It includes the first critical mass of documents ever written in New Persian (the Persian that is spoken today), literary fragments in Arabic, and administrative deeds and orders written in Judeo-Persian (Persian spoken by Jews and written in Hebrew letters) and in ancient Iranian languages, such as, Middle Persian, Bactrian, Sogdian and Khotanese.

Apr 22, 2021 05:00 PM in London

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