Along the Mystical Path: Sufis in Persia

Along the Mystical Path: Sufis in Persia
IRAN, Esfahan, Safavid Empire, Detail of Interior of Sheikh Lotfollah mosque, 1603-1609


Along the Mystical Path: Sufis in Persia

Although currently repressed in Iran since 1979, Sufism has always played a pivotal role in Persian history and culture and, indeed, continues to do so.This talk will consider its origins and basic tenets before concentrating on the numerous superb monuments to Sufi sheikhs and poets that illuminate the Persian landscape.


John Tidmarsh

John Tidmarsh is an archaeologist who has conducted excavations in Syria, Jordan, Greece, and Cyprus. He is currently Co-Director of the University of Sydney excavations at Pella in Jordan and also Co-Director of the Australian Mission to Jebel Khalid, Syria. He is a former President of the Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation at that university. John has a BA (Hons), MA (Hons) and PhD from the University of Sydney.


Where: Sydney Mechanics School of Art, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney (near Town Hall station). 

Cost: Members $20, Non-Members $30. Refreshments provided. 

How to Book: Please make all bookings and payments in advance. No refunds. Book via email to Chris Manning ( or call Chris on 0412 686 025.

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Account Name:   The Asian Arts Society of Australia

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Monday, 1st July, 2019 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm