August 2020


Art of Persia


Many people will have seen and greatly enjoyed the recent 3-part series on BBC Four about ‘The Art of Persia’, introduced by Samira Ahmed. As well as involving four members of the IHF Academic Committee – Robert Hillenbrand, Narguess Farzad, Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis and Ali Ansari – the programme also included interviews with Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones, Professor of Ancient History at Cardiff University. We were delighted that LLoyd gave a lecture for IHF on 27th February 2019 entitled In and Out of the Imagination: Locating the Women of Ancient Persia, which be viewed here.

If you missed the ‘Art of Persia’ series you can still watch it on BBC iPlayer, and the comments and reviews about the programme included pieces in the Evening Standard, the Telegraph, and the Oxford Review of Books, plus this article written by presenter Samira Ahmed for the Financial Times.


Nasir al-Mulk Mosque in Shiraz