Persian Treasures

Simon Williams (Foundation Office, TCD), Dr Roja Fazelli (Islamic Studies, TCD), Fionnuala Croke (Director, Chester Beatty Library), Prof  Anne Fitzpatrick (Biblical Studies, TCD), Caoimhe ní Ghormáin (M&ARL, TCD), author and bibliophile Farhad Diba (guest of honour) .

Simon Williams (Foundation Office, TCD), Dr Roja Fazelli (Islamic Studies, TCD), Fionnuala Croke (Director, Chester Beatty Library), Prof Anne Fitzpatrick (Biblical Studies, TCD), Caoimhe ní Ghormáin (M&ARL, TCD), author and bibliophile Farhad Diba (guest of honour) .

As part of M&ARL’s outreach activities we network with specialists in areas of expertise supplementary to our own. On Wednesday we were pleased to welcome author, journalist and bibliophile Farhad Diba and his wife Firouzeh Rastegar and other colleagues and guests came to view a selection of our Persian manuscripts. Firouzeh Rastegar’s son Hashem Arouzi  is on the Board of Trustees of the Iran Heritage Foundation London.

There are over 70 manuscripts in Persian in M&ARL. They include literary and historical works, grammars or dictionaries and epistolary material. The earliest known type of recorded script, cuneiform, comes from Persia, present-day Iran. Some of the Library’s cuneiform tablets are currently on display in the Long Room along with an eighteenth-century copy of the epic Persian poem the Shah Nâmeh.

Material Imaged for the Manuscripts Dept. Online Catalogue May 2010

Guest of honour Firouzeh Arouzi, Prof Hormoz Farhat (Professor Emeritus TCD), Sacha Hamilton (Duchess of Abercorn)

Guest of honour Firouzeh Rastegar, Prof Hormoz Farhat (Professor Emeritus TCD), Sacha Hamilton (Duchess of Abercorn)

Jane Maxwell

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