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Love and devotion exhibition preview

Some of the key people involved in Love and devotion: from Persia and beyond introduce this first major exhibition of Persian manuscripts in Australia.

Susan Scollay and Clare Williamson are co-curators of the exhibition, Richard Ovenden is the Bodleian Library Keeper of Special Collections and Associate Director, and Shane Carmody is Director of Development at the State Library. Charles Melville is Professor of Persian History at Cambridge University and a keynote speaker at the Love and devotion: Persian cultural crossroads conference. Dr Mammad Aidani is Research Fellow at the School of Historical Studies at the University of Melbourne.

They discuss the exquisite 13th- to 18th-century Persian, Mughal Indian and Ottoman Turkish illustrated manuscripts featured in the exhibition, and offer an insight into the traditions of Persian love poetry.