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Persian Tales of Love and Friendship

4 December @ 7:30 pm 9:00 pm

The Arthur and Jean Humphreys Lecture to be given by Professor Christine van Ruymbeke, Ali Reza and Mohamed Soudavar Professor of Persian Studies, University of Cambridge

This talk examines how medieval Persian authors and their patrons viewed the lure of friendship and the dangers of love. Intriguing, lively and attractive tales spin the magic that clothes grim warnings.

Christine van Ruymbeke is Professor of Persian Literature and Culture at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge (UK). She has earned her PhD at Brussels University and moved to Cambridge after a few years of teaching at her Alma Mater. She is a literary critic of Persian literature, specialising in non-mystical  narratives (prose or verse) written in the Persianate world during the long medieval period.

This event is open to both members and non-members to attend in person. The event will also be streamed using Zoom.

Members: Members will receive an email about a week before the event providing them with the information required to listen to the lecture using Zoom.

Non-members: Non-members may attend either on Zoom or in-person on payment of £5 (student non-members £3) by booking through EventBrite:



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