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also explored themes such as the depiction of women in well known stories such as Yusuf and Zulaykha, and the role of women in Islamic Sufism (specifically Rumi’s spiritual circle).

Another strand explored east/ west interaction including European perspectives on Persia in the 17th century, the influence of Persian mythology on the Irish political writer Thomas Moore and the complex transformation of Hafiz’s poetry in Goethe’s poetic text West-Eastern divan (1819). A really welcome component of the conference on Saturday was the inclusion of talks on the contemporary legacy of Persian cultural traditions.

Hossein Valamanesh talked about the influence of Rumi’s poetry on his work, directly referenced, for example, in his installation The Lover circles his own heart (1993) currently on show in the newly renovated MCA in Sydney...