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Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 18:30
The British Academy

Robert Irwin on Mediaeval Basra

Robert Irwin explored Mediaeval Basra as part of this special appeal lecture, offering a vibrant tour of the literary and scientific culture of the city. 

Irwin is the author of the autobiographical Memoirs of a Dervish (“It was in my first year at Oxford that I decided that I wanted to become a Muslim saint”), For Lust of Knowing: The Orientalists and their Enemies, a reply to Edward Said's Orientalism; works on the Mamluk sultanate, the Alhambra, and The Arabian Nights; and six novels.  

All the proceeds from the lecture went to BISI’s Appeal to re-train, re-equip and support cultural heritage professionals in Iraq.