A Book of Strange and Wonderful Tales and its Eminent Translator

20 Dec 2014

Crocodiles have pearls in their ears; statues move and speak. The first English translation of a collection of Arab fantasy stories opens a window on to the imaginings of the medieval mind. Professor Malcolm Lyons has brought alive for the modern reader the gripping yarns in Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange. 

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Buddha and the book

28 May 2014

Some of the world’s oldest Sanskrit and Buddhist manuscripts – and a gift from the 13th Dalai Lama – go on display from today at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA).

 

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Portrait of a bloody siege

09 Mar 2014

The siege of Anqing in central China was a pivotal episode in a civil war that saw the loss of 20 million lives. At a talk on Tuesday (11 March, 2014) Kang Tchou (Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies) will explain how the conflict that took place there prompted developments in logistics and weaponry that changed the face of warfare.   

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Out of the ashes of Empire

12 Feb 2013

The new identities and ideologies that emerged in East Asia after the fall of Japan’s Empire have rarely been studied. Now, as the region again becomes a major theatre in world politics, a new project aims to tell that history from the inside.

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Marrakech rooftops

Cambridge in Morocco

16 Apr 2012

In the midst of the historic changes that are affecting much of the Arab world, a team of Cambridge researchers are visiting Morocco to explore new perspectives in the study of the Middle East and North Africa.

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Sign reading "Allah"

Narratives of Conversion

27 Jan 2012

A project concluding this weekend examines why women choose to convert to Islam – and what the experience is like.

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