Prof. Ali Ansari to open Edinburgh Iranian Festival 2013
January 9, 2013 Leave a comment
This lecture honours the Shahnameh by the great Persian poet Ferdowsi, celebrating over a millenium since he wrote this poetic account of the history of Iran. In the Opening Ceremony Prof. Ansari will discuss this heritage as the backdrop to modern Iranian history.
Prof. Ali Ansari is currently Professor in Modern History at the University of St. Andrews, where he is also the founding director of the Institute for Iranian Studies. He is a regular speaker at conferences and events regarding Iran, including “Iran’s New Parliament” at the New America Foundation. His work appears in The Guardian, The Independent, and the New Statesman, among other publications. Through Persian Eyes was his recent work on BBC Radio 4.
For further details please visit the Festival website: http://www.ediranfest.co.uk/opening_ceremony.html