Authoritative specialists in the modern history of Iran explore approaches to the Qur’an in new IIS publication — The Institute of Ismaili Studies, UK

Persian culture has had a long-standing engagement with the Qur’an since early classical times, and this has been visible in various forms from their poetry, calligraphy to Qur’anic exegesis. During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, technological advancements made it easier to disseminate information to a larger pool of intellectuals who occupied the middle ground between…

Celebrating Sabbath in Iran: the Islamic Republicʹs Jewish minority — By Jan Schneider on Qantara de | Iran is home to the largest Jewish community in the Muslim world

Iran is home to the largest Jewish community in the Muslim world. Jan Schneider visited the Jewish Musazadeh family in Tehran to share in their Sabbath celebrations The Yusuf-Abad district is home to Iran’s largest synagogue, which – as with all synagogues in Iran – cannot be recognised as such from the outside. And yet…

Aga Khan Museum, Exhibition: ‘Transforming Traditions – The Arts of 19th century Iran’ —Sep 22, 2018 – Feb 10, 2019

Bear witness to the complex dynamics that impacted the arts of a society at a crossroads between tradition and transformation during a century of turbulent change. Caught between the desire to maintain time-honoured local traditions and the increasing need to engage with ever more pervasive outside influences and currents of innovation, Transforming Traditions: The Arts…

Video: Iran’s Zarif says Israel’s ‘myth of invincibility’ has crumbled (Munich Security Conference)

Iran’s Foreign Minister said on Sunday the shooting down of an Israeli jet after it bombed an Iranian site in Syria had shattered Israel’s “so-called invincibility”, reacting to a critical speech delivered earlier by Israel’s premier Benjamin Netanyahu. “Israel uses aggression as a policy against its neighbours,” Mohammad Javad Zarif told the Munich Security Conference,…

Science in Iran: ‘Headscarves and nanotech’ — By Patrick Illinger on Qantara de | “That’s the MIT of Iran,” – says the student from Sharif University in Tehran

In recent years Iran has been gripped by a pioneering spirit: under the pressure of sanctions, the nation transformed itself into a powerhouse of innovation. But the rift between religion and high-tech is ever present. Patrick Illinger reports from Tehran “That’s the MIT of Iran,” a student whispers reverently as a laboratory door opens on…

Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians — Aga Khan Museum, Toronto | Read also on CNN “Iranian artists defy Western stereotypes in a new group exhibition”

Cultural rebellion and lyrical reflection come together in this world-premiere exhibition showcasing one of the most important collections of contemporary Iranian art. Encounter the works of 23 artists who have chosen self-expression over silence — men and women separated by generations but united in their desire to explore complex issues against a backdrop of political…

Video: Behind the Scenes of Feathers of Fire — a groundbreaking cinematic shadow play based on the Persian epic Shahnemeh

April 28, 2016 Caitlin Schiffer, a reporter for BUTV10, Boston University’s television station, produced this video piece about the April 16-17 performances of Feathers of Fire, a groundbreaking cinematic shadow play based on the Persian epic Shahnemeh (The Book of Kings), hosted by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the Fitzgerald Theatre in Cambridge….

Bam Citadel to open to public after 13 years — Iran Project com

KERMAN, May 25 (MNA) – The world’s largest adobe building has only recently been finding its past glory after reconstruction of its most beautiful part which is planned to be opened to interested public. Built around 500 BC, Bam Citadel was hit by the earthquake which equally devastated City of Bam in the desert province…

Why Iranians are turning against Leonardo DiCaprio — Al Monitor com | In Hollywood new film he plays Rumi role has sparked an outcry among Iranians

Leonardo DiCaprio (R), seen arriving at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, on March 2, 2014, will feature as Persian poet and scholar Jalaluddin Muhammad Balkhi (L), known in the West as Rumi, in an upcoming biopic.  (photo by REUTERS/Lucas Jackson) SUMMARY The announcement of a Hollywood biopic about 13th-century Persian poet Rumi with Leonardo…

Understanding IRAN — New Publication by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung |One of the most ancient people of its region along with an long history|Download PDF file

Understanding IRAN By ERCAN ÇITLIOĞLU Turkey, Mar. 31, 2016 provided by: TURKEY OFFICE DOWNLOAD PDF Also available in DEUTSCH An unbiased understanding of Iran that has one of the most ancient people of its region along with an long history and established state tradition is crucially important for the sake of regional balances of power,…