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

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.

Please note that the image of 'carpet page' illuminations which Professor Melville discusses at 14:55 is shown early in the video at 14:15. The image of library and ownership seals that Professor Melville refers to at 19:15 is shown early in the video at 17:26. We apologise for any confusion this may cause.

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