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Department of the History of Art and Archaeology

Islamic Art Circle Lectures

Chaired by Professor Scott Redford

All lectures begin at 7.00 p.m. in the Khalili Lecture Theatre (Main School Lecture Theatre), Philips Building, SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H OXG.

For further information please contact Rosalind Wade Haddon: 01608 730769.

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A Horse by a Pond and Other Congruities in Medieval Iranian Ceramic Decoration

Dr Oya Pancaroglu (Associate Professor, Department of History, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul)

The Hadassah and Daniel Khalili Memorial Lecture in Islamic Art and Culture

3 December 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Ottoman Silks, 1500-1750: Between the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean

Dr Amanda Phillips (Marie Curie Fellow of the Gerda Henkel Foundation, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham)

12 November 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo: Before and After the Bomb Damage of 24 January 2014

Mohamed Ahmed Mohamed (Curator, Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo)

15 October 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Fabulous Fakes and How to Spot Them: some Recent ʻHistoricʼ Metalwork

Rachel Ward (Independent Scholar)
Please note, this event has been re-scheduled from the 11th of June.

Chaired by Professor Scott Redford

17 September 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

͑Ali of Gelibolu and the Istanbul Art Market in the 1580s

Professor Serpil Bağci (Department of History, Hacettepe University, Ankara)

14 May 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Armenian Patrons for Chinese Commodities: Trade Networks and Cultural Exchange across Asia

Dr Manginis

We regret to announce that our April lecturer, Dr Yusuf Natsheh, is unable to obtain a visa in time, so has had to postpone his talk on Ottoman Jerusalem. Bureaucracy permitting he will be able to come in the autumn and we will keep you advised.  The following lecture will be given instead:

23 April 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Bahari Foundation Lecture in Iranian Art and Culture: The Architect and the Artistsʼ Atelier: Re-thinking the ketabkhane

Dr Sussan Babai (Lecturer in the Arts of Iran and Islam, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London)

12 March 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

When pottery speaks: What inscribed ceramics tell us about people, polities, and power in the late medieval Levant

Professor Bethany Walker (University of Bonn)

5 February 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Hadassah and Daniel Khalili Memorial Lecture in Islamic Art and Culture/A Battle of Books: ͑Abbasid Patronage and Qur ͑anic Manuscripts

Professor François Déroche (Director of Studies, École Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Section des Sciences Historiques et Philologiques, Paris)

8 January 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Collecting from the Past or Appropriating the Present: the Dilemma in Contemporary Iranian Art

Dr Hamid Keshmirshekan (Barakat Trust Research Fellow, University of Oxford)

11 December 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

From Ibn al-Haytham to Kandinsky: the Unexpected History of Egyptian Shadow Puppetry

Professor Marcus Milwright (Islamic Art and Architecture, Director, Programme for Medieval Studies, University of Victoria, Canada)

13 November 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Incorporating Spolia in Alexandria

Dr Hélène Fragaki (Associate Researcher - UMRArScAn, Maison René Ginouvès, Nanterre, France)

10 October 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Constructing the Imperial Image: Fath ʿAli Shah’s Portraits and Early Qajar Politics

Dr Francesca Leoni (Yousef Jameel Curator of Islamic Art, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford)

12 June 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Islamic Glass in a Chinese Context: an Aspect of the Famensi Reliquary Deposit (874)

Professor Roderick Whitfield, Percival David Professor of Chinese and East Asian Art, Emeritus, SOAS

15 May 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Bahari Foundation Lecture in Iranian Art and Culture

Dr Barbara Brend (Independent Scholar)

Early ‘Siyah Qalam’ style and the Great Mongol Shahnamah

17 April 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Symbolic Possession of the World: European Cartography in Mughal Allegory

Professor Ebba Koch Professor of Asian Art, Institute of Art History, University of Vienna, Austria

6 March 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Venetian Reuse of Art Objects

Dr Stefania Gervini (Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy)

6 February 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Yarshater Lecture Series - Images and Decor in the Persianate World

Professor Yves Porter (Department of History, University of Aix-Marseille, France)

Glazed Tiles in the Indian Sultanates

15 January 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Yarshater Lecture Series - Images and Decor in the Persianate World

Professor Yves Porter (Department of History, University of Aix-Marseille, France)

Use and re-use of Persian Tiles

14 January 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Yarshater Lecture Series - Images and Decor in the Persianate World

Professor Yves Porter (Department of History, University of Aix-Marseille, France)

Poetical iconography on Persian ceramics (end 12th-early 14th centuries)

11 January 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Yarshater Lecture Series - Images and Decor in the Persianate World

Professor Yves Porter (Department of History, University of Aix-Marseille, France)

The making of Persian Paintings (14th-16th centuries)

10 January 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Hadassah and Daniel Khalili Memorial Lecture in Islamic Art and Culture

Professor Jeremy Johns (Professor of the Art and Archaeology of the Islamic Mediterranean Director, Khalili Research Centre for the Art and Material Culture of the Middle East, University of Oxford)

The Painted Ceilings of the Cappella Palatina in Palermo

5 December 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Phoenix Mosque and the Persians of Mediaeval Hangzhou: a Lecture in Memory of Sandy Morton

Dr George Lane (Senior Teaching Fellow, Department of History, SOAS)

14 November 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Enigma of Ibrahim Pashaʼs Palace

Professor Nurhan Atasoy (Turkish Cultural Foundation Scholar in Residence, Istanbul)

10 October 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Last Fatimid Fortifications, the Towers of the Vizier Saladin

Dr Stéphane Pradines, IFAO Cairo

13 June 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

A lecture to celebrate the life and work of Ernst J. Grube: 1932–2011: The Edmund de Unger Ewer: an Early Fatimid Rock Crystal Ewer in Context

Professor Jeremy Johns, Professor of the Art and Archaeology of the Islamic Mediterranean Director, Khalili Research Centre for the Art and Material Culture of the Middle East, University of Oxford

16 May 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Seeing in Isfahan: Expanding Gaze for an Early Modern Capital

Professor Renata Holod, College for Women Class of 1963 Term Professor in the Humanities, History of Art Department; Curator, Near East Section, PENN Museum, University of Pennsylvania, USA

The Bahari Foundation Lecture in Iranian Art and Culture

18 April 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Archaeology of Suakin

Dr Jacke Phillips, Research Fellow, SOAS

14 March 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Raqqa – Qasr Banat

Prof Oliver Watson, IM Pei Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture, University of Oxford

8 February 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Cosmic Cup in Medieval and Later Persian Art

Dr Marianna Shreve Simpson, Independent Scholar, Maryland, USA and Pres Lecturer in Islamic Art and Architecture, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford

The Hadassah and Daniel Khalili Memorial Lecture in Islamic Art and Culture

18 January 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Martyr and the Saint: the Ottoman Transformation of two Medieval Shrines

Dr Zeynep Yurekli-Gorkay, Lecturer in Islamic Art and Architecture, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford

7 December 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

New Light on Ottoman Goldsmiths’ Work

Professor Michael Rogers, Hon Curator, Khalili Collection, London

16 November 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

A tapestry at Powis Castle based on the Louvre’s ‘Reception of a Venetian Embassy in Damascus’

Ms Helen Wyld, Tapestry Curator at the Paul Mellon Centre, the National Trust

12 October 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Mecca's First Photographers (1880-1890): Lives, Activities and Work

Professor Jan Just Witkam (Leiden University, the Netherlands)

8 June 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Mamluks & Mongols, Franks & Armenians: The Archaeology of Antioch and Cilicia in the 13th-14th Centuries

Professor Scott Redford (Department of Archaeology and History of Art, Koç University, Istanbul)

11 May 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Past is Not Dead, the Story of Qajar Textiles in South Kensington

Ms Jennifer Wearden (Former Senior Curator (Textiles) in the Department of Furniture,Textiles & Fashion, V&A and now Honorary Research Fellow in the V&A

27 April 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Ottoman Istanbul Displayed in London Panorama Theatres, 1800-1863

Professor Namik Erkal, Middle East Technical University, Istanbul

2 March 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, G3, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

An Overview of the Recent Discoveries of the Mamluk and Ottoman Pottery from the Citadel of Damascus

Dr Véronique François (CNRS Aix en Provence, France)

9 February 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Yarshater Lecture Series

Professor Sheila Blair, Norma Jean Calderwood University Professor of Islamic and Asian Art, Boston College

13, 14, 17 & 18 January

From the Samanids to the Safavids: Persian Art in Medieval Times

  1. Word and Image:  A bowl from Nishapur
  2. Perfuming the Air:  a Rosewater sprinkler from Herat
  3. Monumentality under the Mongols:  The tomb of Uljaytu at Sultaniyya
  4. Rediscovering roots: the Ardabil Carpets

13 January 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Hadassah and Daniel Khalili Memorial Lecture in Islamic Art and Culture

Professor Dana Arnold (Professor of Architectural History, University of Southampton)

What Happened to English Architecture when it Travelled East?

1 December 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Sufism and the Visual Arts: Paradigms and Possibilities Surrounding the ‘Mystical’ Arts of Islam

Dr Ladan Akbarnia (Curator in Middle East Department, British Museum)

17 November 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Techniques of Storytelling in the Great Mongol Shahnama

Professor Robert Hillenbrand (Professor Emeritus of Islamic Art, the University of Edinburgh)

13 October 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Many Orients of Osman Hamdi Bey

Professor Edhem Elden - Bogazici University, Istanbul

9 June 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Ottoman Art between Asia and Europe

Mr Tim Stanley - Senior Curator, Middle East Department, Victoria & Albert Museum, London

12 May 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Transitions in Late Timurid Painting

Professor David Roxburgh - Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Islamic Art History, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University

21 April 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Ottoman History as Seen by Baroque Artists

Professor Hans Georg Majer - University of Munich

17 March 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Guiding the Evolution of European and Persian Painting: the Power of the Intellect

Dr Abola Soudavar - Member of the Collections Committee, Harvard University Museums and Independent Scholar

3 February 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Muslim Military Architecture: a Study of the Citadel at Shayzar, Central Syria

Professor Cristina Tonghini - Ca' Foscari University - Venice

20 January 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Hadassah and Daniel Khalili Memorial Lecture in Islamic Art and Culture - Interpreting the Urban Fabric of Bukhara and Samarqand

Professor Attilio Petruccioli - Polytechnical University of Bari, Italy

2 December 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Fit for a Sultan: Abbasid to Ayyubid ceramics from the Syrian-French excavations at the Citadel of Damascus (2000-2005)

Dr Stephen McPhillips, Assistant Professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

4 November 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Islamic Monuments of Kashgar, Xingiang, China

Dr George Michell (Independent Scholar)

The Islamic Monuments of Kashgar, Xingiang, China

3 June 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Hammams of Tunis

Dr Fodil Fadli (University of Liverpool)

Hammams of Tunis

20 May 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Peripheral Visions? Islam and Visuality in Monsoon Asia

Dr Elizabeth Lambourn (Senior Research Fellow de Montfort University, Leicester and Research Associate, Centre of SE Asian Studies, SOAS, London University)

Peripheral Visions? Islam and Visuality in Monsoon Asia

22 April 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shiraz Venues in 16th Century Shiraz Illustrations

Dr Lale Uluç (Assistant Professor in the History Department at the Bosphorous University, Istanbul)

Shiraz Venues in 16th Century Shiraz Illustrations

18 March 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Unknown Tile Examples from the Topkapý Palace Deposits

Professor Filiz Yenisherlioglu (Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture, Bashkent University, Istanbul)

Unknown Tile Examples from the Topkapý Palace Deposits

18 February 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Manuscript Illumination in Safavid Iran.

Dr Sheila Canby (Curator of Islamic Art and Antiquities, Department of the Middle East, British Museum)

4. The relationship of Safavid illumination to pottery and metalwork

20 January 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Manuscript Illumination in Safavid Iran.

Dr Sheila Canby (Curator of Islamic Art and Antiquities, Department of the Middle East, British Museum)

3. Illuminators and scribes

19 January 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Manuscript Illumination in Safavid Iran.

Dr Sheila Canby (Curator of Islamic Art and Antiquities, Department of the Middle East, British Museum)

2. Styles and schools of illumination: Herat, Tabriz, Isfahan and Shiraz

16 January 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Manuscript Illumination in Safavid Iran.

Dr Sheila Canby (Curator of Islamic Art and Antiquities, Department of the Middle East, British Museum)

1. Precedents and nomenclature

15 January 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Hadassah and Daniel Khalili Memorial Lecture in Islamic Art and Culture

Professor Giovanni Curatola (Professor of Islamic Art History and Archaeology, University of Udine, Italy)

The Hadassah and Daniel Khalili Memorial Lecture in Islamic Art and Culture

Venice, Carpaccio and the Oriental Carpets

3 December 2008, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Reaching New Heights: Material Culture and Ceremonial in Fatimid Egypt

Dr Fahmida Suleman (Research Assistant, Department of the Middle East, British Museum and Research Associate, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London)

Reaching New Heights: Material Culture and Ceremonial in Fatimid Egypt

19 November 2008, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Islamic Metalwork Collection in the Georgian National Museum – A General Overview

Dr Irina Koshoridze(Senior Curator of Oriental Collections in the Shalva Amiranashvili Museum of Fine Arts, Georgian National Museum, Tiblisi)

The Islamic Metalwork Collection in the Georgian National Museum – A General Overview

22 October 2008, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Development of the Sugar Industry in the Near East according to recent archaeological finds

Dr Konstantinos D Politis (Director Zoara-Safi Project)

The Development of the Sugar Industry in the Near East according to recent archaeological finds

4 June 2008, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Citadel of Aleppo: Recent Excavations

Dr Julia Gonnella (Free University, Berlin)

The Citadel of Aleppo: Recent Excavations

14 May 2008, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

“The Mamluk Basin of Hugue IV of Lusignan : a Testimony of Regalia from the Coronation of the King of Jerusalem ?”

Dr Sophie Makariou (Chief Curator, Département des Arts de l’Islam, Musée du Louvre, Paris)

“The Mamluk Basin of Hugue IV of Lusignan : a Testimony of Regalia from the Coronation of the King of Jerusalem ?”

23 April 2008, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Of Castles & Crops: Agricultural Estates in Early Islamic Arabia and the Bilād ash-Shām

Dr Rebecca Foote (Research Fellow - Water, Life and Civilisation Project)

Of Castles & Crops: Agricultural Estates in Early Islamic Arabia and the Bilād ash-Shām

12 March 2008, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Reciprocal influences between Italians and Ilkhanids/Golden Horde

Dr Michele Bernardini (Naples)

Reciprocal influences between Italians and Ilkhanids/Golden Horde

6 February 2008, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Restoration of the Madrasah al-‘Ameriyya Rada‘, Yemen

Dr Selma al-Radi (Independent Scholar)

The Restoration of the Madrasah al-‘Ameriyya Rada‘, Yemen.

Please note this lecture will start at 6.30 pm and be followed by a film titled Qudad – Reinventing a Tradition
presented by Italian film-maker Caterina Borelli

16 January 2008, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

The Hadassah and Daniel Khalili Memorial Lecture in Islamic Art and Culture: The Forbidden Fruit: the Koran in Early Modern Europe

Professor Alastair Hamilton (Warburg Institute and Arcadia Press)

The Hadassah and Daniel Khalili Memorial Lecture in Islamic Art and Culture.

The Forbidden Fruit: the Koran in Early Modern Europe

13 December 2007, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

A Matter of Good Taste – Approaching Houses and Interiors in Ottoman Syria and Lebanon

Dr Stefan Weber (Assistant Professor of Material History, AKU-ISMC, London)

A Matter of Good Taste – Approaching Houses and Interiors in Ottoman Syria and Lebanon

15 November 2007, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Al-Sūfī and Son: the Double Author Portrait in Ibn al-Sūfī’s Poem on the Stars (Urjūza fī’l-kawākib)

Dr Moya Carey (Tutor for the Islamic Middle East, Arts of Asia Year Course, Victoria & Albert Museum)

Al-Sūfī and Son: the Double Author Portrait in Ibn al-Sūfī’s Poem on the Stars (Urjūza fī’l-kawākib)

17 October 2007, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM