‘Whatever did the Iranians do for Georgia’, lecture by Donald Rayfield on 18th April

Members of the British Georgian Society are invited to a lecture by Professor Donald Rayfield on the subject Whatever did the Iranians do for Georgia?

Georgians made many important contributions to Iran, particularly under Shah Abbas I, as military men, provincial governors and builders. Allahverdi Khan Undiladze, who built the eponymous bridge over the Zayandeh Rud in Isfahan, was a Georgian. In Georgia, however, wherever one looks at a ruined church one is told that it was destroyed by Shah Abbas. Did Iran contribute nothing to Georgia other than ruin and destruction?

Professor Rayfield is Emeritus Professor of Russian and Georgian at Queen Mary University of London. He has written many books about Russian and Georgian history and literature. He has translated Georgian poets and prose writers into English and is also the author of the Georgian-English dictionary.  He is much in demand as a lively and entertaining lecturer on Georgian history and literature.

The lecture will be held on 18th April at 7pm on Tuesday 18th April at the Army & Navy Club, Pall Mall, at 36 Pall Mall, St. James’s, London SW1Y, UK.  Doors will open at 6.30 for guests to meet and have a drink at the cash bar before the lecture.

Those wishing to attend are requested to register with Antony Wynn, chairman of the Iran Society, no later than 16th April, so that they will be admitted to the club premises. The club may refuse admission to those who are not registered. Please register with wynn@wynndom.demon.co.uk

For more information about the lecture, please see here.

 

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