Ancient Near East, Semitics & Judaica at SOAS: a selection of new titles received April & May 2016

By Mary Fisk|May 25, 2016|Africa, Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, Anthropology and Sociology, Art and Archaeology, Films and Sound Recordings, History, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Philosophy, Politics and International Relations, Religions|0 comments

This is a selective list of new books received on topics relating to the Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica during April and May 2016. Please note that some of these titles may be shelved in the Art and Archaeology section (Level D) and that this section also includes books on modern Israeli / Palestinian studies (Level B) Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations Iconography of “Neo-Hittite” seals / by Agata Kubala

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History at SOAS: a selection of new titles received April & May 2016

By Mary Fisk|May 25, 2016|Africa, Art and Archaeology, China and Inner Asia, History, Japan, Korea, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, South Asia, South East Asia|0 comments

This a a selective list of books on historical topics that were received during April and May 2016. Click on the hyperlink to go through to the entry on the SOAS Library catalogue Thematic and comparative This Orient isle: Elizabethan England and the Islamic world / Jerry Brotton – https://library.soas.ac.uk/Record/10013186 History (16th century), Christianity, Islam, interfaith relations, international relations.  The civilisation of perpetual movement: nomadism in world politics / Nick

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Alchemy 2016 Festival- South Asian Culture at its Best!

By Farzana Whitfield|May 19, 2016|Art and Archaeology, Films and Sound Recordings, Music, Media and Film Studies, Photography, South Asia|0 comments

Courtesy of Alchemy Festival 2016 webpage I cannot praise this event enough, it is fun, colourful, vibrant and cultured! Each year, Alchemy fills Southbank Centre with a vibrant array of performances, workshops and exhibitions – and a delicious food market. The festival celebrates the rich cultural relationship between the UK and the Indian subcontinent, and explores the creative influences generated by our shared history. In 2016, the seventh Alchemy brings

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World Ikat Textiles exhibition in the Brunei Gallery

By Farzana Whitfield|April 19, 2016|Africa, Art and Archaeology, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, South Asia, South East Asia|0 comments

A major new exhibition has opened in the Brunei Gallery of World IKAT textiles presented by The World Crafts Council and The World Crafts Council Asia Pacific. It is curated by Edric Ong and Manjari Nirula. The exhibition celebrates the rich legacy of Ikat, an age old textile technique stretching across the continents of the world. This unique collection brings together an array of some of the priceless pieces of

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Violet M Digby Art exhibition- A St Ives Painter in Kashmir

By Farzana Whitfield|April 6, 2016|Art and Archaeology, South Asia|0 comments

The Nehru Centre in London’s Mayfair will be putting on an exhibition of Violet M Digby’s paintings of Kashmir in the last two weeks of April this year. It will be the first opportunity to see her paintings since her death in 1960. Violet was the mother of Simon Digby, an English oriental scholar, translator, writer and collector who was awarded the Burton Medal of the Royal Asiatic Society. The

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Lost Heritage: The Sikh Legacy In Pakistan

By Farzana Whitfield|April 5, 2016|Art and Archaeology, History, Photography, South Asia|0 comments

Image courtesy of www.amazon.com Acclaimed photographer Amardeep Singh’s beautifully illustrated travelogue is a true labour of love. The author visited 36 cities in Pakistan to explore the region’s impact and influence on Sikh culture (and vice versa) – the resulting book’s photography and commentary offers a unique insight into West Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistan Administered Kashmir. You can join Amardeep at the Bradford Literature Festival for an enlightening event

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Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica collections: March additions

By Mary Fisk|March 31, 2016|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, Art and Archaeology, History, Linguistics, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Politics and International Relations, Religions|0 comments

This is a selection of titles (print and electronic) added to the Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica collections during March 2016. Click on the hyperlink to go through to the Library catalogue record for each item Please note that this subject division also includes books on contemporary Israel and Palestine Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations Mon dieu qu’ai-je fait? : Les diĝir-šà-dab-ba et la piété privée en Mésopotamie / Margaret

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Archaeology and religion: two book reviews

By Mary Fisk|February 8, 2016|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, Anthropology and Sociology, Art and Archaeology, History, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Religions|0 comments

Two books recently acquired by SOAS Library have been reviewed online: Defining the Sacred: Approaches to the Archaeology of Religion in the Near East / edited by Nicola Laneri (Oxford: Oxbow, 2015) Reviewed by Aren M. Maeir (Bar-Ilan University) in the Bryn Mawr Classical Review An “excellent”  collection of studies “dealing with various cultures, finds, issues and periods, ranging from the early Neolithic period until the Iron Age“. Regions studied include ancient

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Artist and Empire exhibition at the Tate

By Mary Fisk|January 19, 2016|Archival collections, Art and Archaeology, History, Photography|0 comments

Follow the links to an illustrated article by Inigo Thomas on the London Review of Books website discussing the portraiture of the British imperial age showcased in the Tate Britain’s current exhibition “Artist and Empire” which explores “how artists from Britain and around the world have responded to the dramas, tragedies and experiences of the Empire” from the 16th century to the present day Click here to read the London Review of

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Open Access (free) Monograph Series: Oriental Institute Seminars (OIS)

By David Pearson|October 2, 2015|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, Art and Archaeology, History, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Religions|0 comments

Oriental Institute Seminars (OIS) The Oriental Institute yearly appoints a Postdoctoral Fellow for a twenty-four month (non-renewable) appointment. Postdoctoral Fellows are selected from an international pool of applicants, based on their proposals to organize a two-day conference at the Oriental Institute. The conferences address important theoretical or methodological issues in the field of ancient studies — archaeological, text-based, and/or art historical avenues of research. The Oriental Institute encourages cross-disciplinary proposals that deal

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