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Shirin Neshat, Women of Allah Series

Shahname Synopsis

The Book of Kings, as Told by Shirin Neshat

Iranian-born artist Shirin Neshat explores the paradox of being an artist in exile

The following video is a talk given by Shirin Neshat at the university of Berkeley. She has an upcoming exhibition in Washington DC. For more information on this Exhibition, follow the Event Page of this Website.

Shirin Neshat: From Photography to Cinema

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Folio from the Shahnama of Shah Tahmasp (ca. 1532).Image: Archnet

The Aga Khan Museum’s collection includes a folio from the epic Persian poem, Shahnama

The Shahnama was composed by the Persian poet Firdausi (d. 1020) around the year 1000. It tells the story of ancient Iran (Persia) from the time of Creation to the conquest of Islam in the seventh century. The history of Iran is divided into three successive dynasties: the Pishdadiyan (the early legendary shahs, who established civilization and fought…

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The Persian art of decorating book covers influenced European styles

book_cover1Persian artists  introduced a range of innovative ideas, both technical as well as artistic … Persian miniature painting  transformed book covering into an elaborate art form. The art of binding and the protection of scripts are as old as writing itself. The contribution made by Musli craftsmen has been a significant element in the history…

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The Qasida is the devotional poetry of Ismailis of Persian heritage

قصیدهMusic had a high place in the cultures of pre-Islamic dynasties. Amongst the earliest historical records of Persian music are the writings of the Greek historians who refer to the use of ritual and ceremonial music at the time of the Medes (900-550 BC) and the Achaemenian (559- 331 BC) dynasties. The performance of music…

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Music & Melodies of the Persian Ismaili qasideh

The tradition of devotional poetry amongst the Ismailis in Iran, known as qasidas, is part of the broader literary tradition of Persia found among other Muslim traditions as well. As the traditional Persian music is closely associated with Persian poetic literature, certain tonalities of Persian music have been used for recitation and singing of poetry,…

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Connections: Shahnama Centre for Persian Studies – Pembroke College (University of Cambridge), Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Sir Isaac Newton Trust, Iran Heritage Foundation, British Academy.

shahnamehShahnama or The Book of Kings by Abu’l-Qasim Hasan Firdausi and its crucial role in the formation of the Iranian cultural identity throughout the ages to present day. The text of the Shahnama, based on the ancient Iranian mythology, was completed in 1010 and is the longest poem ever written by a single author in the whole history of humankind. Global philanthropist Bita…

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Persian poet Ferdowsi’s Shahnamah gets a digital makeover

In his small studio in Brooklyn Heights, New York, Hamid Rahmanian spent 10,000 hours in front of his computer cobbling together a new Shahnameh, the epic mythology of Iran. In the 1,000 years since the Persian poet Ferdowsi put the oral tradition into verse, there have been many versions produced in lithograph, miniature and manuscript…

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Persian stye salon from the home of Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan

This photograph is a Persian style salon from the home of the late Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan and his wife, Princess Catherine. The Aga Khan Museum will welcome its visitors to a unique historical room that reconstructs this Persian-style salon, presenting a rich collection of ceramics from Muslim civilizations across time and geography. Via Aga…

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Isfahan: Animated film inspired by the Persian Architecture

http://vimeo.com/814808

http://www.etereaestudios.com/docs_html/isfahan_htm/isfahan_mov_vimeo.htm

viahttps://www.facebook.com/agakhanmuseumtoronto

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Encyclopedia of Henna: The Techniques of Persian Henna

http://artsislamica.com/2013/01/30/the-techniques-of-persian-henna/

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Persian painting from Aga Khan Museum featured on Canadian stamp celebrating Eid al Adha

Celebrate Eid-al-Adha with a unique Picture Postage™ sheet of 21 self-adhesive stamps. The stamp features a still life painting of a feast at dusk, and “Eid Greetings” in English and French. The larger stamp image is yours to keep as a souvenir! Known as the “Festival of Sacrifice”, Eid al-Adha is an important religious holiday…

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Miniature for an Epic: 1001 Years of Persian Painting in Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh

A Lecture by Dr Stephennie Mulder – Associate Professor of Art History & Middle Eastern Studies University of Texas at Austin. Presented by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin in cooperation with His Highness Prince Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismaili Council for the Southwestern United States.

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Attar and the Persian Sufi Tradition: The Art of Spiritual Flight

New IIS Publication on Farid al-Din ‘Attar February 2007 The Institute’s latest publication comprises a collection of papers on the poetry and mystical ideas of the celebrated Persian poet, Farid al-Din ‘Attar. Edited by Dr Leonard Lewisohn and Professor Christopher Shackle and entitled ‘Attar and the Persian Sufi Tradition: The Art of Spiritual Flight, this…

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A lunar crater is named after Umar Khayyam

Umar Khayyam, an Islamic poet, and mathematician, was born around 1048 in Nishapur, a prominent centre of learning in Iran, and is best known in his native country for his mathematical achievements. After completing his education in Nishapur, he travelled to Samarkand, now in Uzbekistan, where he completed his famous work, Treatise on Demonstration of…

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A1One’s Street Calligraphy

A1One-8A1One (aka Tanha) has claimed his influences to be as diverse as Australian Aboriginal art to Mayan narrative hieroglyphics, but what stands out most in his recent works is his strong connection to his Persian heritage and his Iranian homeland. A1One has been gaining recognition lately and rightfully so. His colorful, intricate scrawls on Tehran’s walls and canvases artfully blend Arabic calligraphy with current street culture, as well as address social issues around the globe…