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Pourdavoud Lecture Series: Neville McFerrin

306 Royce Hall 10745 Dickson Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

An Entangled Empire:  Dress, Reciprocal Construction, and the Experience of Kingship at Persepolis In reliefs across Persepolis, the Achaemenid administrative center, depictions of mediated bodies offer insight into an imperial ideology that generates inclusion through categorical and material slippages.  The crown of the king parallels the crenellations of the architecture that surround him even as...

Pourdavoud Lecture Series: Christian Sahner

314 Royce Hall 10745 Dickson Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

How Zoroastrians Argued with Muslims in the Early Islamic Period This lecture will explore the early conflict between Zoroastrians and Muslims by examining the most important polemical treatise in the Zoroastrian tradition, the Škand Gumānīg-Wizār (“The Doubt-Dispelling Disquisition”), written by the ninth/tenth century theologian and philosopher Mardānfarrox son of Ohrmazddād. A sophisticated work of rationalist theology,...