Iran: Land of Great Kings, Shahs and Ayatollahs [more details]
Lecturer: John Osborne
Location: DESY Auditorium
This study day will introduce the geographical, political and religious background, and explain how the Shi'a form of Islam originated and became the ruling creed in the late 20th century Iran of Ayatollah Khomeini. It will illustrate the rich and mighty Persian Empire that was contemporary with Classical Greece and ruled by Great Kings such as Darius and Xerxes and go on to trace the development of architecture in the mosques and palaces of Iran, with an emphasis on their brilliant tilework and painting, through the Islamic period until the end of the 19th century.