Epic Iran

On now until Sunday, 12 September 2021 V&A London Epic Iran – Exhibition at South Kensington · V&A (vam.ac.uk) Exploring 5,000 years of art, design and culture, Epic Iran shines a light on one of the greatest historic civilisations, its journey into the 21st century and its monumental artistic achievements, which remain unknown to many.

The Yasna Ritual in Performance

UCLA Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series May 21 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Up to the present day Zoroastrian priests perform a millennia old ritual, the Yasna, in which the recitation of ancient Avestan texts accompanies the performance of ritual actions. Using new visual source material of images and film clips, this lecture discusses the performance of […]

Making Paradise

Exploring the concept of Eden through Art & Islamic Garden Design 29 April – 30 September 2021 Aga Khan Centre Making Paradise  – Aga Khan Centre The Making Paradise exhibition brings together a variety of approaches that explore the concept of al-Janna, the Garden of Eden and the concept of Paradise in Islam. More than 130 […]

The Silk Road: A Living History

This outdoor exhibition of photographs in London is by Christopher Wilton-Steer and documents the photographer’s journey along the Silk Road in 2019. Over a period of four months, he travelled 40,000 km overland by car, bus, train, ferry, horse and camel from London to Beijing traversing 16 countries. The photographer started his journey from London’s King’s […]


Volume 4, Issue 1 (2021) This issue features an Afghanistan roundtable, including discussions on Afghanistan, its history, and its connections to the wider world.

Woodwork of the Timurid Period in Iran and Central Asia

The project aimed to analyze and interpret a substantial collection of a specific type of material culture which has been produced in Iran and Central Asia mainly during the Timurid period (c. 1370 to c. 1510). While only few examples from a secular context have survived, the bulk of material, mainly doors, grills (mashrabiyas), minbars […]