Exhibition | The Garden of Mystery | Taha Afshar, Monir Farmanfarmaian and Y.Z. Kami

Open from Wednesday 22 November until Friday 1 December 2017, with a preview evening reception on Tuesday 21 November, in celebration of the 700th anniversary of Gulshan-i Raz, one of the greatest works of Persian (Sufi) poetry, written in the early 14th century by Mahmoud Shabistari.

Featuring contemporary art by young emerging artist, Taha Afshar, the exhibition is supported with additional work by one of the most prominent Iranian artists of the contemporary period, Monir Farmanfarmaian from Tehran as well as Y.Z. Kami, who lives and works in New York.

November 22 - December 01

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Panel Discussion | ‘The Garden of Mystery’ by Shabistari and the Influence of Sufism in Contemporary Visual Arts

Join our expert panellists on the 28th November at Asia House: Dr Ladan Akbarnia, Curator, Islamic Collections, British Museum Dr Sussan Babaie, Andrew W. Mellon Reader in the Arts of Iran and Islam, The Courtauld Institute of Art Dr Leonard Lewisohn, Senior Lecturer, Iran Heritage Foundation Fellow in Sufi Literature, Exeter University, Dr Taha Afshar, exhibiting artist and Introduction by Mariam Neza, Curator, Asia House.

Tuesday 28 November

18.30 - 20.00

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Magic and Divination in Malay Illustrated Manuscripts

A fascinating study of the texts and images in illustrated Malay manuscripts on magic and divination from the 18th – early 20th centuries

Monday 29 January

18:45 - 21:00

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The Garden of Mystery exhibition at Asia House, the 700th anniversary of Gulshan-i Raz.

The Garden of Mystery exhibition at Asia House, the 700th anniversary of Gulshan-i Raz.

Dr. Farouk Yahya is Leverhulme Research Assistant in Islamic Art and Culture at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.

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