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Upcoming TAASA Events

Textile Connections between Indonesia and Japan

Sat, Mar 30, 2019
State Library of Queensland (South Bank, Queensland)

An illustrated talk by Maria Friend about her research at the archives of the Dutch trading houses in De Haag.

Spirits and Djinn from the Islamic Worlds

Mon, Apr 1, 2019
Sydney Mechanics School of Art (Sydney, NSW)

Arabia and its deserts are said to be the home of the Djinn, spirits of ‘smokeless fire’ created by Allah as intermediaries between realms of the human and angelic.

Jin and Local Lords of the Earth

Mon, May 6, 2019
Sydney Mechanics School of Art (Sydney, NSW)

The belief in Jin and guardian spirits played a central role in the spread of Islam in Java in the 16th to 18th century.

Japanese Mountain Asceticism

Mon, Jun 3, 2019
Sydney Mechanics School of Art (Sydney, NSW)

Shugendo is the ancient Japanese religion which links the power of nature and the mountains with the mundane world.

Along the Mystical Path: Sufis in Persia

Mon, Jul 1, 2019
Sydney Mechanics School of Art (Sydney, NSW)

This talk will consider the origins and basic tenets of Sufism before concentrating on the numerous superb monuments to Sufi sheikhs and poets in Persia.