Join us on a 7,000-year journey through the civilization of Persia. Experience the nation’s history, identity and spirituality through its artistic endeavours. Walk the streets of the historic city of Isfahan—today the second-largest city in Iran—and see why it was renowned as nesf-e jahan (half the world).
We will look at examples of Isfahan’s carpet weaving, engraving, miniature painting and tile making. We will also come to appreciate how the Persian carpet is a distinguished manifestation of Persian art and culture. Hear the wisdom of the poets Rumi, Hafez and Ferdowsi; listen to the sounds of the daf, nay and setar; and dance to a rich variety of Persian music.
Note: Back by popular demand, from spring 2018.
Please note that enrollment in this course is reserved for adults 55+.