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Library early closure: The Library will close at 5pm on Thursday 23 October to prepare for the annual Keith Murdoch Oration. More information

Facade conservation & repair works: Over the next few weeks there will be intermittent noise in the La Trobe Reading Room while work is carried out on the external walls. More information

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Barbara Brend on the 'Khamsa' of Nizami & the 'Khamsa' of Amir Khusrau

In this lecture, Dr Barbara Brend introduces the similarities and differences between illustrations of the Khamsa of celebrated Persian poet Nizami, written in the late 12th century, and the Khamsa of Amir Khusrau written in India 100 years later. 

Dr Barbara Brend is an independent scholar whose research focuses on form and meaning in Persian and Mughal manuscript illustration. 

This lecture was part of the 2012 Love and devotion Persian Cultural Crossroads conference.