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Charles Melville on the 'arts of the book' & diffusion of Persian culture: part 1

In this lecture Professor Charles Melville focuses on illustrated and richly illuminated manuscripts that address the themes of love and devotion. Manuscript books on topics ranging from religion and science to history and poetry were one of the main vehicles for the expression of Persian high culture and its transmission to western and central Asia.

Professor Charles Melville is Professor of Persian History and Director of the Shahnama Project at the University of Cambridge.

This lecture was part of the 2012 Love and devotion Persian Cultural Crossroads conference.

Watch Professor Melville on the 'arts of the book' & diffusion of Persian culture: part 2