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Salam All,

Please join us this Thursday, October 21, at 5:00 pm CST on Zoom for a talk with Hashem Morvarid! Hashem Morvarid was born in a religious family in Mashhad. After finishing high school, he entered Mashhad and, a few years later, Qum Islamic Seminaries, where he received a traditional education in Islamic sciences, including Islamic philosophy, Islamic theology, Qur’anic exegesis, and Islamic jurisprudence. He went on to do an MA in Islamic Philosophy and Theology at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad. Afterwards, he earned his PhD in analytic philosophy at the Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences (IPM), Tehran. He subsequently worked as a post-doc at IPM and then as an assistant professor at Shahid Beheshi University for two years, before coming to the US for his second PhD in Philosophy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He will be speaking this week on “Avicenna on Māhiyya and Wujūd.”

You can join us on zoom at the following URL: https://tinyurl.com/persiancircle

We look forward to seeing you!

سلام بر همگی، ا

لطفا این پنجشنبه در “زوم” برای سخنرانی آقای هاشم مروارید با ما همراه باشید! آقای مروارید در خانواده ای مذهبی در شهر مشهد متولد شد. در نوجوانی وارد حوزه علمیه مشهد شد و پس از چند سال به حوزه علمیه قم عزیمت کرد. دروس حوزوی را تا دو سال درس خارج ادامه داد. پس از آن وارد دوره کارشناسی ارشد دانشگاه فردوسی مشهد شد و در رشته فلسفه و کلام اسلامی از آنجا فارغ التحصیل شد. سپس دکتری خود را در رشته فلسفه تحلیلی در پژوهشگاه دانش های بنیادی به پایان رساند. حدود یک سال در همانجا به عنوان پسادکترا پژوهش کرد و بلافاصله بعد از آن جذب هیئت علمی دانشگاه شهید بهشتی شده و به مدت دو سال در آنجا مشغول به کار شد. پس از آن تصمیم گرفت تحصیلات خود را در آمریکا ادامه دهد.ا

سخنرانی این هفته عنوانش “ماهیت و وجود در فلسفه ابن سینا” است.ا

در انتظار حضورتان هستیم!ا

به امید دیدار.ا

Salaam Everyone,

Please join us this Thursday, October 14, at 5:00 pm CST on Zoom and in person in Pick Hall, room G22 for a book talk with Tara Kangarlou!

Tara Kangarlou is an award-winning journalist who has previously worked for NBC-LA, CNN, and Al Jazeera America. Her writing and reporting has also appeared in TIME, Vanity Fair, Al Monitor and the Huffington Post. Tara has spent much time in the Middle East covering the ongoing Syrian conflict – in particular the Syrian refugee crisis and the MENA region at large. As a result of her work in the field, in 2016 Tara founded Art of Hope – the first US nonprofit that strictly focuses on providing trauma-relief and mental health support through Art Therapy for Syrian refugees and vulnerable host communities in Lebanon.

After nearly four years of reporting and writing, her debut book The Heartbeat of Iran was released on June 1st 2021 (IG Publishing – NY). Far from being a political narrative, The Heartbeat of Iran invites readers into the heart and soul of a country that’s often seen through news headlines and a political fog that blurs the reality of life for millions of Iranians inside the country. Each chapter is a deeply nuanced, textured, and intimate journey into the diversity of beliefs, struggles, and complexities of life in today’s Iran – all told through the real stories of its people.

As a note: this book talk will be in English.

You can join us on zoom at the following URL: https://tinyurl.com/persiancircle. You can also join us in person, in Pick Hall Room G22. Tara will be signing her book after.

We look forward to seeing you!

Salaam Everyone,

Please join us on Thursday, October 7, at 5:00 pm CST for the first Persian Circle gathering of the fall!

This week we are joined by Zeinab Vessal. Zeinab is an independent scholar in the history of Islamic art and material culture. Her research interests include early-modern Islamic painting, materiality, and Shia art and culture.  She holds BFA and MFA degrees in Graphic Design from the University of Tehran College of Fine Arts and Tarbiat Modares University Department of Arts.

In this talk, she aims to investigate historic and religious matters of inscribed banners by the name of “Rayat-e-Nasr Ayat” (victory banners) in the context of Safavid iconographic paintings (from the late 15th to 19th century).

You can join us on zoom at the following URL: https://tinyurl.com/persiancircle

We look forward to seeing you!

سلام بر همگی، ا

برای نخستین برنامه انجمن سخن با ما همراه باشید! سخنران این هفته خانم زینب وصال هستند. خانم وصال پژوهشگر مستقل در حیطه هنر اسلامی و فرهنگ مادی اسلامی است. زمینه های علاقمندی او نقاشی و آثار هنری اسلامی و فرهنگ و هنر شیعی در اوایل دوران مدرن میباشد. او دانش آموخته کارشناسی گرافیک از دانشگاه تهران و کارشناسی ارشد از دانشگاه تربیت مدرس میباشد. ا

در این پژوهش او تاریخ و زمینه های دینی شکل گیری یک نوع از پرچمهای خوشنویسی شده با نام رایات نصر آیات را در دوران صفوی و بروز آنها در نقاشیهای این دوران به عنوان علامت و نمادی شیعی مورد بررسی قرار میدهد.   ا

مانند سال گذشته، برنامه ما پنجشنبه، ساعت 5 عصر، شروع میشود. ا

در انتظار حضورتان هستیم! ا

به امید دیدار.ا

Salam everyone,

Welcome back to a new year, and a new schedule of Persian Circle talks! We have an exciting mix of talks and interviews lined up.

This quarter, we have decided to continue with ONLINE meetings.* We will be meeting over zoom every week, Thursdays, from 5:00-6:30 CST. Below is a copy of our fall schedule. There, you should find a link to our meeting group, both by URL and QR code. Please mark your calendars!

We look forward to seeing you all, and please contact Ameena Yovan (ayovan@uchicago.edu) with any requests or concerns!

سلام بر همگی، ا

خوش آمدید به سال تحصیلی جدید! برنامه ای با سخنرانی های جالب و حاضر کرده ایم. برنامه ما عمدة ساعت 5 شروع میشود؛ و مانند سال گذشته، از طریق “زوم” همدیگر را ملاقات میکنیم.* ا

در انتظار حضورتان هستیم! ا

* Please note: On October 14, we will have both a zoom meeting and an in-person meeting. Details will be released shortly.

Salaam All,

Please join us at the University of Chicago this Thursday, November 5, at 6:00 pm CST–please note the time!–for a presentation by Reza Hemyari!

Reza is a NELC PhD student at the University of Chicago. His research interests include Shi’i legal theory and law, and modern debates in Islamic philosophy. His talk is titled “Mulla Hadi Sabzevari and Metaphysical Inquiry in Iran among 19th-20th Century Ulama.”

To join, please click on the zoom link, and, if/when prompted, insert the password (English numbers, please). If you have any questions, please email Ameena Yovan at ayovan@uchicago.edu.

We look forward to seeing you!

با سلام، ا

لطفا این پنجشنبه در “زوم” با ما همراه باشید برای سخنرانی رضا حمیری. ایشان دانشجوی دراسات خاورشناسی در دانشگاه شیکاگو هستند. زمینه تحقیقاتی او متمرکز بر فقه و اصول فقه شیعه، و مناظرات فلسفه اسلامی مدرن است. ا

صحبتشان این هفته درباره”ملا هادی سبزواری و آثار حکمت الهی در ایران بین علمای شیعه قرنهای 19 و 20 میلایدی” است. در انتظار حضورتان هستیم! ا

Salaam all,

Please join us this Thursday, October 29, at 5:00 pm CST, for a presentation by Sarah Aziz! Sarah is a PhD student at Harvard NELC. She received her M.A. from the University of Chicago and BA from Davidson College, both in religious studies. Her research interests are at the intersection of Classical Arabic and Persian literature, Quranic studies, and Islamic intellectual history.Her talk is titled “Two Months in Tajikistan.”

To join, please click on the zoom link, and, if/when prompted, insert the password (English numbers, please). If you have any questions, please email Ameena Yovan at ayovan@uchicago.edu.

We look forward to seeing you!

با سلام، ا

لطفا این پنجشنبه در “زوم” با ما همراه باشید برای سخنرانی سارا عزیز. سارا دانشجوی دراسات خاورشناسی در دانشگاه هارفارد است. زمینه تحقیقاتی ایشان متمرکز بر مطالعات ادبیات فارسی و عربی، دراسات قرآنی، و تاریخ فکری اسلام است.  ا

صحبتشان این هفته در باره “دو ماه در تاجیکستان” است. در انتظار حضورتان هستیم! ا

Salaam all,

Please join us at 4:00 pm–please note the time difference!!!!–for a joint Persian Circle presentation with the University of Michigan. We are happy to have Dr. Mahmoodreza Esfandiar, an associate professor of Comparative Religions and Mysticism at the Islamic Azad University in Iran. His research interests center on studies in religion and mysticism, Jalal al-Din Rumi, manuscript studies, and East Asian studies.

His talk this week is titled “Descriptions and Images of Love in Mawlavi’s Work.”

You can join the program at the following link: https://umich.zoom.us/j/99859745127
Meeting ID: 998 5974 5127

We look forward to seeing you!

با سلام، ا

این پنج شنبه در “زوم” میزبان دکتر محمود رضا اسفندیار با عنوان سخنرانی  “اوصاف و کارکردهای عشق از نظر مولوی” خواهیم بود.دکتر اسفندیار دانشیار رشته ادیان و عرفان تطبیقی در دانشگاه ازاد اسلامی است و زمینه تحقیقاتی ایشان ممترکز بر مطالعات دینی و عرفانی، مولوی پژوهی و مطالعات جهان مالایی است.  ا

با توجه، برنامه این هفته یک ساعت زودتر، ساعت 4 به وقت شیکاگو شروع میشود. ا

به امید دیدار! ا

Please join us this Thursday, October 15, at 5:00 pm, for a lecture by Dr. Abe Soheili. Dr. Soheili holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Illinois, and he has worked in both the United States and overseas in foreign language education. In the United States, he worked with the Foreign Service Institute in Washington DC (which was the first entity in the US where Persian was taught in the US) as well as the University of Maryland; and overseas, he worked in ESL teaching in both Iran and Kuwait. In addition, he has written extensively on Persian language education and its frameworks.

His talk is titled  “Historical developments in Persian grammar and teaching Persian as a foreign language.”

To join, please click on the zoom link, and, if/when prompted, insert the password (English numbers, please). If you have any questions, please email Ameena Yovan at ayovan@uchicago.edu.

We look forward to seeing you!

لطفا این پنجشنبه در “زوم” با ما همراه باشید برای سخنرانی دکتر سهیلی. دکتر سهیلی استاد زبانشناسی و تدریس زبان فارسی است. در طی شغلشان، با مؤسسه خدمات خارجی در واشنگتن، دانشگاه ماریلند، دانشگاه تربيت معلم تهران، و دانشگاه کویت کار کرده اند. به علاوه بر این، سه کتاب درباره دستور نامه های فارسی نوشته اند. ا

صحبتشان این هفته در باره “تحولات تاریخی دستور زبان فارسی و تدریس فارسی به عنوان زبان خارجی” است. در انتظار حضورتان هستیم! ب

Welcome to an interesting year with interesting new events! Please mark your calendars. This quarter, we have an exciting mix of talks and movie discussions lined up. We will be meeting over zoom every week, Thursdays, most often from 5:00-6:30. Our schedule is below. Please mark your calendars!

To join, please click on the zoom link, and, if/when prompted, insert the password. A more lengthy introduction and a complete zoom link will be attached to the weekly email.

We look forward to seeing you all, and please contact Ameena Yovan (ayovan@uchicago.edu) with any requests or concerns!



سلام بر همگی
خوش آمدید به سال تحصیلی جدید! برنامه ای با سخنرانی های جالب و فیلمهای پر هیجانی حاضر کرده ایم. مانند سالهای گذشته، برنامه ما عمدة ساعت 5 شروع میشود؛ ولی امسال، از طریق “زوم” همدیگر را ملاقات میکنیم.

در انتظار حضورتان هستیم

  • October 8,5pm: Film Viewing & Discussion
    A Moment of Innocence–نون و گلدون
  • October 15, 5pm: Live Presentation
    Abe Soheili–Persian Linguistics and Second Language Learning
  • October 22, 4pmNOTE THE TIME DIFFERENCE–Live Presentation
    MahmoudReza Esfandiyar–Love and Passion in Jalal al-Din Rumi’s Poetry
  • October 29, 5pm: Live Presentation
    Sarah Aziz
  • November 5, 5pm: Live Presentation
    Reza Hemyari
  • November 12, 5pm:Live Presentation   
    Michelle Quay
  • November 19, 5pm: Live Presentation
    Shiva Mihan
  • December 3, 5pm: Live Presentation
    Sassan Zand Moqaddam
  • December 10, 5pm: Film Viewing & Discussion
    Marmoulak–مارمولک

Please join us this Thursday on Zoom for our last Persian Circle of the year. This week we are glad to welcome Kaveh Hemmat, graduate of the University of Chicago, who will discuss:


کارتونها به زبان فارسی


“Cartoons in Persian”

Thursday May 28th, from 5:00-6:30pm


با سلام

لطفا این پنجشنبه در زوم با ما همراه باشید برای سخنرانی از کاوه همت به عنوان

کارتونها به زبان فارسی
پنجشنبه ۲۸ میساعت ۵ تا ۶:۳۰

به امید دیدار

آلیسن

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