~Looking Back~ When East meets West through music — Article by Mehra Rimer on Rumi Ensemble performed on the Swiss banks of the Rhone – CGNews

Geneva – At a time when Switzerland’s ban on constructing minarets is making headlines, the musicians of the Rumi Ensemble are showing that cultures can converge into something beautiful. On Thursday, 8 October, a decommissioned hydroelectric plant on the Swiss banks of the Rhone, now converted into a cultural complex, hosted 12 Iranian and Scandinavian…

”A Phase of Strategic Reorientation” — Interview with Andreas Reinicke the EU’s Special Representative to the Middle East Peace Process on Qantara de

Andreas Reinicke, the EU’s Special Representative to the Middle East Peace Process, believes that Egypt will continue to play a constructive role in the region in the future. He also urges Israel’s new government to agree to a two-state peace solution. Michael Knigge spoke to him about the situation in the Middle East An estimated…

Iran: Seven Faces of a Civilization – Full Documentary 1 hour, 7 minutes

Drawing on historical and archaeological evidence, this fascinating documentary by Dr. Farzin Rezaeian reconstructs 7,000 years of Iranian history. The film’s advanced animation techniques bring ancient wonders to life, giving an unprecedented look at Iran’s historical and cultural achievements. Rezaeian has reconstructed the major monuments from seven key periods in Iranian history, bringing to life…

The Institute of Ismaili Studies: Approaches to the Qur’an in Contemporary Iran

Two panels at the Ninth Biennial Iranian Studies Conference, Istanbul – 3 August 2012 Colloquium at The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London – 2–4 September 2013. (Please see Call for Papers section below) Convenor: Dr Alessandro Cancian, Research Associate, Qur’anic Studies Unit, IIS For further details, please contact Dr Alessandro Cancian: acancian@iis.ac.uk. Description The Qur’an…

Press TV: Canada displays Shahnameh-inspired illustrations

An illustration depicting the battle of Rostam and Esfandyar from ‘Shahnameh’ Canada has held an exhibition of illustrations inspired by stories of Shahnameh, the Persian epic masterpiece of 14th-century poet Ferdowsi. “snip” The book is composed of about 55,000 couplets and recounts Persian history and mythology from the earliest times to the fall of the…

Rekindling that Persian romance – The New Straits Times Com Malaysia

By Lucien de Guise is passionate about art and antiquities ANYONE who thinks Malaysian street protests can get a bit out of hand should look at Iran for all-out carnage. There is, however, another side to the artistic land formerly known as Persia, where romance was in the air long before the arrival of tear…

Institute of Ismaili Studies Co-Sponsors Conference to mark 125th birth Anniversary of Wladimir Ivanow – IIS News

  News & Events IIS April 2012 The IIS, in conjunction with the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts (IOM) of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), organised an international conference in Saint Petersburg to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Wladimir Alekseevich Ivanow, the pioneer of modern Ismaili Studies. The conference ‘Ismaili Traditions and Spirituality of…