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Cambridge Central Asia Forum


A Symposium Dedicated to Celebrating Tajikistan and the Persianate World On the Occasion of the 25th Anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Tajikistan 24th November 2016, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, University of Cambridge Co-organised by Cambridge Central Asia Forum and Embassy of the Republic of Tajikistan, London, UK  

Welcome and Introduction Mr. Asliddin Rakhmatov, Charge d’Affaires, Embassy of Tajikistan to the United Kingdom

Dr S S Saxena, Chairman, Cambridge Central Asia Forum, Jesus College, and Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge

Professor Peter Nolan, CBE, Jesus College and Director, Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge

Nick Ray, Convenor, Cambridge Central Asia Forum and Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge 13:45 – 15:15

Tajikistan and the Persianate Context

13:45-14:05 Professor Edmund Herzig, Soudavar Professor of Persian Studies and Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford University, “The Dismantling of the Persianate World and the Construction of Tajikistan”

14:05-14:25 Dr Christine van Ruymbeke, Ali Reza and Mohamed Soudavar Senior Lecturer in Persian Studies, Fellow of Darwin College, University of Cambridge, “Rewriting Kalila wa-Dimna in Timurid Herat”

14:25:-14:45 Yasmin Faghihi, Head of Near and Middle Eastern Department, Manuscripts and Printed Collections, Cambridge University Library, “Hidden Resources on Central Asia in University of Cambridge Libraries’

14:45-15:10 Discussion

15:10:—15:40 Tea, Coffee and Refreshments

15:40 – 17:00 Social and Cultural Development in Modern Tajikistan

15:40-16:00 Dr Jalal Badakhsani, Chairman of British-Tajikistan Society, London, UK, “Contemporary Tajikistan and role of international Forum “Payvand” of Persian speaking people”

16:00-16:20 Dr Dagi Dagiev, Institute of Ismaili Studies, London UK, “Tajikistan from Soviet Republic to Independent State”

16:20-16:40 Dr S S Saxena, Cambridge Central Asia Forum, Jesus College, and Centre of Development Studies and Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, “Tajikistan and Knowledge Economy of Eurasia”

16:40-17:00 Discussion

17:00 – 18:30 Drinks and Canapés and Performance of Tajik National Dance

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Thursday, 24 November, 2016 - 13:00 to 19:00
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Dr Siddharth Saxena
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Event location: 
SG1, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge