Biography

Professor Amir H. Zekrgoo (BFA, MFA, PhD) is an artist, art historian and an Indologist. He is an established painter, a skilful calligrapher and an imaginative photographer. His photographs penetrate into various domains, linking painting, poetry, mysticism, …

He received his first calligraphy lessons from his father at the age of six. At the age of seventeen he moved to America where he studied fine arts and received degrees in ‘painting’ and ‘visual communication’ from the University of Kansas. After a few years of teaching art at universities in Tehran and Isfahan, he moved to India where he studied Hinduism, Buddhism and Islamic art of India. There he got engaged in few large-scale art projects and have produced huge mural works.

His journeys along the Silk Road have had a deep impact on his artworks. In 1995 he was awarded the prestigious Hirayama Fellowship by UNESCO and has traveled many times along an important sector of this historical road comprising Iran, Pakistan, India, Nepal, China and Japan to carry out a research on “The Evolution of Islamic Calligraphy & the Evolution Buddhist Iconography along the Silk Roads”.

Professor Zekrgoo is a scholar of art of international repute. He is a member of the Iranian Academy of Arts and of the Iranian Academy of Sciences, Founding member of Islamic Manuscript Association and honorary member of All India Arts and Crafts Society. He has to his credit seven books and over 100 published articles in Persian, English and Urdu.

In 1997 he was made a Member of UNESCO’s First International Team of Buddhist Studies.He has been engaged in teaching art, History of Art, Philosophy of Islamic & Oriental Arts, Perennial Philosophy, and Comparative Studies in Religious and Sacred Art and Architecture since 1982.

In 2001 he moved to Malaysia and from that time he is professor of indology, Islamic & oriental Arts in Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne & Tehran.

 
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AREAS OF SPECIALISATION & SCHOLARLY INTERESTS

 

History of Asian Arts, History of Islamic Art & Architecture, Indian Art, Hindu Mythology, Hindu & Buddhist Iconography, Sacred Art & Symbolism, Comparative Art Studies, Ritual Arts of the Silk Roads, Art & Mysticism, Art & Tradition, Sufi Literature, Evolution of Islamic Calligraphy along the Silk  Roads. The Impact of Spirituality & Individuality in the process of Artistic Creativity.

 

TECHNICAL & PERSONAL INTERESTS

 

Painting, Calligraphic Art (Islamic), Photography, Woodcarving, Poetry, Writing Mythological Fictions, Cycling, Motorcycling, Long Distance Swimming, Climbing, and Adventurous Traveling (traveled alone along an important part of the Silk Roads covering Iran, Pakistan, India, Nepal & China).

 

  LANGUAGES

 

Persian (mother tongue): professional fluency in literary & classical Persian

Arabic:  reading ability & some oral facility

Turkish: reading ability in Ottoman Turkish, & oral facility in colloquial Azerbaijani   dialect.

Urdu:  reading and oral fluency.

Hindi: oral facility & ability to consult sources

Sanskrit: ability to consult sources.

Malay: basic reading and oral facility

English: professionalfluency


 

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

 

1993        Doctor of Philosophy – History of Art and Aesthetics

National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Museology, New Delhi, India

Topic: The Evolution of Islamic Calligraphy in India, with special reference to the Shah Jahan Period

 

1988                Master of Fine Arts (MFA) – Painting – Drawing

University of Delhi, College of Art, New Delhi, India

Topic of Dissertation: Individuality in Art

 

1982                                Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) – Design
(Visual Communication)

University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA

 

1981                    Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) – Painting

                                    University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA

 

 

FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

 

    2016                       Fellowship Award, by the Center for the Study of Manuscript Culture of Hamburg University (CSMC) (August –September 2016) to provide consultation on manuscript studies strategies and to undertake Study of Persian and Indian Illustrated Manuscripts Preserved in the Collection of the Hamburg University

 

 

     2013                       MacGeorge Fellowship Award, by University of Melbourne (June –Aug 2013) to undertake an assessment (codicological, contextual and aesthetic) of the Middle Eastern Manuscripts preserved in the collection of the Melbourne University library

Research on Codicological and Artistic Aspects of the Middle Eastern Manuscripts in the Melbourne University Collection

 

 

        1995-96               Fellowship Award by “UNESCO Hirayama Silk Roads Project” to     undertake a research project entitled: “The evolution of Islamic Scripts along the Silk Roads”

                                          US$ 10,000.00 was sanctioned by UNESCO to undertake a field survey of the subject along a major part of the Silk Roads in Iran, India, Pakistan and China

 

 

        2015                Award & Recognition for publishing 2 books with reputable publishers in 2015, Deputy Rector (Research & Innovation), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Dec 18, 2015

 

 

2012                     Bronze Medal Award for research entitled “Passage Through Time, Nature & Faith: NOURUZ and the Process of Islamization” presented at IIUM Research, Invention & Innovation Exhibition (IRIIE 2012) on February 2012 at International Islamic University Malaysia Cultural Activity Centre CAC)

 

 

2011                    Bronze Medal Award for research entitled “Conservational Guidelines for the Restoration of 17th Century a Historical Illustrated Manuscript of Shahnameh” presented at IIUM Research, Invention & Innovation Exhibition (IRIIE 2011) 0n 9th-10th February 2011 at International Islamic University Malaysia Cultural Activity Centre (CAC)

 

 2009                    National Award of the ‘Praised Book of the Year’ by Iranian Ministry of Culture for my translation and commentary of   Ananda K. Coomaraswamy’s: Christian and Oriental Philosophy of Art

 

2008                     Award of the ‘Selected Book of the Season’ by Iranian Ministry of Culture for my translation and commentary of   Ananda K.
Coomaraswamy’s: Christian and Oriental Philosophy of Art
                    

 

 

RESEARCH GRANTS

 

 

2017                       Principle Researcher for a project entitled:

                               Translation (from Jawi to Persian) of Asrār al-‘Arifīn, Sharāb al-‘Āshiqīn, and Al-Muntahī, 3 treatises by Hamzah Fansuri (16th Century Malay Mystic)

RM 12,000 was sanctioned by the Cultural Office of Iranian Embassy, Kuala Lumpur

 

                                  

2014-16                 Principle Researcher for a project entitled:

                               Role of Islamic Illustrated Manuscripts in Muslim Cultural Heritage and Cross-cultural Understanding: Highlighting ISTAC’s Collection

RM 50,000 was sanctioned by ISTAC, IIUM under ISTAC Research Grant

Duration: 30 months (September 2014 to December 2016)

 

 

2012-14               Principle Researcher for a Research Grant Type B for a project entitled:

Thematic Investigations on Islamic Art & Mysticism”

RM 13,600.00 was sanctioned by the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) for a period of one year (July-December 2011)

 

 

2011                     Principle Researcher for a Research Grant Type A for a project entitled:

Nouruz: Process of Islamization of a Pre-Islamic Tradition”

RM 5,000.00 was sanctioned by the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) for a period of one year (July-December 2011)

 

 

2010-11               Principle Researcher for a Research Grant for a project entitled:

Coomaraswamy’s 14 Essays on Traditional Life, Art and Philosophy: Critical Analysis, and Commentary”

RM 20,000.00 was sanctioned by the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) for a period of one year (August 1 2010-July 30 2010)

 

 

2010-11               Principle Researcher for a Research Grant for a project entitled:

“Analysis of Two International Symposiums on Mystical Aspects of Islamic Art & Literature”

RM 4,300.00 was sanctioned by the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) for a period of 3 moths (15 September 2010- 15 December 2010)

 

 

2009-10               Principle Researcher for a Research Grant for a project entitled:

Conservational Guidelines for the Restoration of a Historical Illustrated Manuscript; Case Study: A17th Century Illustrated Manuscript of Shahnameh 

RM 5,000.00 was sanctioned by the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) for a period of 6 months (November 2009-April 2010)

 

 

2008-9                 Principle Researcher for a Research Grant for a project entitled:

“Analytical Study of a 17th century Illustrated Manuscript of Shahnameh, Preserved at the MSS Collection of ISTAC, IIUM”

RM 20,000.00 was sanctioned by the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) for a period of two years

 

 

2008-9                 Principle Researcher for a Research Grant for a project entitled:

“Sino- Arabic Script: An Analytical Study of the Impact of Chinese Calligraphy on Arabic Script. Case Study: The Collection of the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia”

RM 20,000.00 was sanctioned by the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) for a period of two years

 

1998-2000            Principle Researcher for a Major Research Grant for a project entitled:

“Development of a System in Comparative Studies in Art”
Rls 70,000,000.00 (an equivalent of US$ 15,000.00) was sanctioned by the University of Art, Tehran, for a period of 3 years

    

 

1997–2001          Principle Researcher for four years to undertake a research and teaching project on “Art Comparative Studies”

 

  

MEMBERSHIPS & APPOINTMENTS

 

 

2016                     Member of the editorial board of the journal of the The Islamic Art Association of Iran (IAAI)

 

2015                    Professor of Indian Art & Culture
Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran

 

 

 2014                   Peer Reviewer, KANZ PHILOSOPHIA, A Journal for Philosophy, Mysticism and Religious Studies, Sadra International Institute in Affiliation with Islamic College of Advanced Studies (ICAS)-PARAMADINA

 

 

2014                   Adjunct Professor, National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage (ASWARA) Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia (February 2014 – February 2015)

 

       

2010-12               Membership in Research, Publication, Consultancy And Manuscript Committee, International Institute of Islamic Thought & Civilization (ISTAC), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)

 

 

2010-12               Member of Thesis Committee, International Institute of Islamic Thought & Civilization (ISTAC), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)

 

 

2010-12               Member of Board of Studies: Master and Doctor of Philosophy in Islamic Thought and Civilization, International Institute of Islamic Thought & Civilization (ISTAC), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)

 

 

2011-12               Member of International Islamic Heritage & Sustainable Conservation Research Cluster, School of Architecture and Environmental Design, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)

 

 

2006                     Founding Member of The Islamic Manuscript Association (TIMA)                               

 

2002         Member of Middle East Studies Association of North America                  (MESA)

 

 

1999-present        Member of the Iran National Academy of Arts

 

 

1997–2000           Member of the Iran National Academy of Sciences

 

 

1996                    Member of International Team, the Buddhist Route Expedition, Nepal

 

 

1996               Member of the High Council, Art Planning, Ministry of Culture and     Higher Education, Iran.

 

 

  1991                   Honorary Member, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS)

 

 

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

Professor of Indian Studies, Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran,

                                                                                                                   2012 - Present

          

            Taught:

  • Indian Cultural Studies

 

Professor of Islamic & Oriental Arts,                                                               Department of Applied Art & Design, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Design, IIUM, Kuala Lumpur                                                                             2016-17

 

 

Professor of Islamic & Oriental Arts,                                                               2015-16 Department of History & Civilization,  IIUM, Kuala Lumpur

 

Taught:                             

  • “Introduction to History” (Hist. 1000)
  • “Islamic City” (Hist. 6650)

 

Professor of Islamic & Oriental Arts,                                                             2001-2015 International Institute of Islamic Thought & Civilization (ISTAC),
 IIUM, Kuala Lumpur

           

 Taught:                            

  • “The Traditionalist School of Thought: Thematic Readings” (6040/ 8040)
  •  “The Islamic Philosophy of Art” (6014/ 6015)
  • “History of Islamic Art I (Architecture & Plastic Arts) (ISTAC 4431)
  • “History of Islamic Art II (Calligraphy, Illumination,  Painting) (ISTAC 4432)
  • “Houses of Worship, Comparative Survey of Temple Architecture in Buddhist, Hindu, Christian & Islamic Traditions”
  • “History of Islamic Art’ (IITC 6015/8015)

 

 

Visiting Professor (Tabriz Islamic Art University, Iran)                                   2013

Visiting Professor

Taught:

  • Eclecticism in Islamic Architecture

 

 

 Faculty of Architecture and Environmental Development,                     2005-2008

 International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) 

 

             Taught:

  • “History of Islamic Art” (AAD 1230)
  • “Islamic Craftsmanship” (AAD 2210)
  • “Islamic Calligraphy” (AAD 2110)

 

                                                           

University of Art, Tehran, School of Visual & Applied Arts                    1996 - 2001

Assoc. Professor of History & Theory of Art

 

Taught: 

  • “Eastern Art and Civilization”
  • “Art and Civilization of Neighboring Cultures”
  • “Religious Architecture Fundamentals”
  • “Comparative Studies in Art - I”
  • “Comparative Studies in Art - II”
  • “Language and Expression in Traditional Arts”
  • “Symbolism in Art”
  • “Art and International Relations”

 

School of Architecture, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran          1998 - 2000                  Visiting Professor

 

Taught: (jointly) 

  • “Comparative Studies in Religious Architecture”

                                                           

Pardis College of Art, Isfahan, Department of Painting                           1984 - 1985

Visiting Lecturer                                            

 

Taught:

  • “Art Fundamentals”
  • “Painting”

                                                                                                            

Arts University Complex, Tehran, School of Fine Arts,                           1983 – 1985
Lecturer

Taught:

  • “Basic Drawing I”
  • “Basic Drawing II”
  • “Painting”

Professor of Indian Art & Culture                                                               2013 -present Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran

Taught:

  • “Indian Culture”
  • “Indian Art & Mythology”


 

ACADEMIC AND ADMINISTRATIVE POSITIONS

 

Member of Thesis Committee (Appointment)

International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC)

International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM                                         2010-2012                                       2014

Member of Research, Consultancy and Manuscript Committee (Appointment)

International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC)

International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM                                         2011-2012

 

 

Editor of Special Issue of Al-Shajarah (Appointment)
Journal of the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC),
International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)                                  August 9, 2010

 

 

Chairman

2nd International Symposium on Mystical Aspects of Islamic Art & Literature

International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC)

International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)                               July 20-23, 2010

 

 

Member of Board of Studies (Appointment by Rector of IIUM)

Programs of Master and Doctor of Philosophy in Islamic Thought and Civilization

International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC)

International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)                                    June 16, 2010

 

 

Member of ISTAC Manuscript Committee (Appointment)

International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC)

International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)                                      June 7, 2010

 

 

Member of Research and Publication Committee

The Islamic Manuscript Association (TIMA)

Cambridge University, UK                                                                             2007-2010

 

 

Editor (Appointment)
ISTAC’s Proceedings of 1st Seminar on Mystical Aspects of Islamic Art & Literature  
International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC),
 International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)                          September 25, 2009

 

 

Main Initiator and Academic Secretary

International Seminar on Mystical Aspects of Islamic Art & Literature

International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC)

International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)                          March 23-27, 2009

 

 

Coordinator of Research and Publication                                          

International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC)

International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)                     July 2005 – July 2006

 

 

Member of the Advisory Board: Al-Shajarah, Journal (Refereed)   
International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC)

International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)                                  2004 –2009

 

 

Member of the Advisory Board: Honar Nameh,                                     1997 – 2008

Quarterly Journal of Arts Research (Refereed)       
University of Art, Tehran                                                                             

 

 

Chief Editor: Honor Nameh, Quarterly Journal of Arts Research (Refereed)  

University of Art, Tehran                                                                           1997 – 2001

 

 

Founder/Director: The PhD Program in Arts Research,                             1997 – 2001

University of Art, Tehran

 

 

Member of Curriculum Development Committee (Visual & Applied Arts):

Ministry of Sciences, Research and Technology, Iran                               1997 - 2001

 

 

Member of Curriculum Development Committee

(Pre-university Art Education):                                                                   1997 - 2001

Ministry of Education and Training, Iran

 

 

Head of the Department of “Arts Research”                                             1996 – 2000

University of Art, Tehran

 

 

Senior Advisor                                                                                             1996 - 1997

Institute of Visual Media, Tehran

 

 

 

Head of the Department of Indian Studies (Art and Mythology)              1990- 1993

Iran Culture House, New Delhi, India

 

 

Director of Art Activities, Cultural Studies & Persian Development Program

Iran Culture House, New Delhi, India                                                       1986 - 1990                                                        

 

Member of the Planning Committee,                                                           1984 - 1985

Iranian National Television    

 

 

Art Advisor and Researcher,                                                                       1982 – 1985

Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults,

Centre of Art Experiments, Tehran

 

 

PUBLICATIONS 
 (Books/ Chapter in Books)

 

Three Treatises: Asrar al-Arifin, Sharab al-Ashiqin, Al-Muntahi

By Hamza Fansuri (16 Century Malay Mystic)

Joint effort with Leyla H. Tajer: Translation Persian from Jawi

Publisher: Miras-e Maktoob, May 2018

ISBN: 978-600-203-154-9

 

“Turquoise: The Colour of Victory” (Introduction to the Volume)

25 Centuries of Persian Architecture, Exhibition Catalogue NO. 3

Publisher: Faam Gallery, London, November 2017

ISBN: 978-0-9956659-3-4

 

I Have Seen the Paradise: Reflections on the Philosophy of Western, Eastern & Islamic Arts

Publisher: Naghd-e Farhang November 2016

ISBN: 978-600-8405-32-0

 

Symbolism in Oriental Arts: Vol.5: Gestures & Postures in Buddhist & Hindu Arts

Publisher: MATN Publishing, Iran Academy of Art, Tehran, 2017

The book is the 4th volume of a series under compilation. Each volume is devoted to a certain symbol (animal, plant, human, gestures and postures, tools, etc.) within the religious traditions of the East. The present volume is complemented with some 325 images (line drawings and color plates) and a glossary of technical terms.

ISBN: 978-964-232-251-0

 

 “Openings that Revolutionize Perception” (Introduction to the Volume)

25 Centuries of Persian Architecture, Exhibition Catalogue NO. 2

Publisher: Faam Gallery, London, November 2016

ISBN: 978-0-9956659-0-3

 

“Persia’s Architectural Identity” (Introduction to the Volume)

25 Centuries of Persian Architecture, Exhibition Catalogue NO. 1

Publisher: Faam Gallery, London, February 2016

 

Indian Mythology and Art

Publisher: MATN Publishing, Iran Academy of Art, Tehran, 2016

The book is a comprehensive account of Indian mythology and its manifestation in the realm of art compiled in a span of 25 years. It provides a link between India’s faiths and their manifestation in the domain of religious arts and iconography. It is divided into three main parts: Book I = Celestial Deities; Book II = Atmospheric Deities and Book III = Earth Deities.  The Book is accompanied with a glossary of technical terms, a comprehensive bibliography, 140 black and white images and line drawings, and 51 color plates.

ISBN: 978-964-232-174-2

 

Symbolism in Oriental Arts: Vol.4: Water Deities & Mythical Sea Creatures

Publisher: MATN Publishing, Iran Academy of Art, Tehran, 2015-16

The book is the 4th volume of a series under compilation. Each volume is devoted to a certain symbol (animal, plant, human, gestures and postures, tools, etc.) within the religious traditions of the East. The present volume is complemented with some 115 images (line drawings and color plates) and a glossary of technical terms.

ISBN: 978-964-232-217-6

 

Symbolism in Oriental Arts: Vol.3: Mythical Birds in Buddhist & Hindu Arts

Publisher: MATN Publishing, Iran Academy of Art, Tehran, 2014-15

The book is the 3rd volume of a series under compilation. Each volume is devoted to a certain symbol (animal, plant, human, gestures and postures, tools, etc.) within the religious traditions of the East. The present volume is complemented with some 39 images (including 30 color plates and 9 line drawings) and a glossary of technical terms.

ISBN: 7-195-232-964-978

 

Symbolism in Oriental Arts: Vol.2:  Snake in Buddhist & Hindu Iconography(Book: 73 pages)

Publisher: MATN Publishing, Iran Academy of Art, Tehran, 2012

The book is the 2nd volume of a series under compilation. Each volume is devoted to a certain symbol (animal, plant, human, gestures and postures, tools, etc.) within the religious traditions of the East. The present volume is complemented with some 39 images (including 30 color plates and 9 line drawings) and a glossary of technical terms.

ISBN: 978-964-232-165-0

 

“Reflections on Indo-Iranian Relations” in Anwar Alam (ed.) India and Iran – An Assessment of Contemporary Relations (pp. 308-322)

 New Century Publications, New Delhi, July 2011

ISBN: 978-81-7708-276-0

 

Traditional Foundations of Art & Life: Reflections on Ananda Coomaraswamy’s Dance of Shiva

(412 pages)

Publisher: MATN Publishing, Iran Academy of Art, Tehran, 2011

ISBN: 978-964-232-092-9

 

Christian and Oriental Philosophy of Art (Translation and Commentary) 2nd Edition (Book: 224 pages)

The Book was originally written by the famous art historian and Indologist, Ananda K. Coomaraswamy. The translation of the book to Persian includes a comprehensive commentary and a glossary of technical words and mythical names. It is further complemented with 28 illustrations of historical paintings and sculptures.

Published by: The Iran Academy of Art, Tehran, 2010

ISBN: 978-964-8802-88-7

 

Al-Shajarah Special Issue on Mystical Aspects of Islamic Art & Literature (Editor)

(126 pages)
The volume contains nine papers on various aspects of mystical dimension of Islamic art and literature.

Published: International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC),
 International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)

November, 2010

 

Symbolism in Oriental Arts: Vol.1 Elephant in Hindu & Buddhist Iconography(Book: 60 pages)

Publisher: MATN Publishing, Iran Academy of Art, Tehran, 2010

The book is the first volume of a series to be compiled. Each volume will be devoted to a certain symbol (animal, plant, human, gestures and postures, tools, etc) within the religious traditions of the East. The present volume is complemented with some 20 images (including 14 color plates) and a glossary of technical terms.

ISBN: 978-964-232-040-0

 

Trans-Cultural Nature of Islamic Art(Chapter in Book) – pp. 277-306

Islam Hadhari , ed. Mohamed Ajmal b. Abdu Razak Al-Aidrus,

Published by: International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), International Islamic University Malaysia, 2009

 ISBN: 978-983- 9379-50-1

 

“Illustrated Safavid Shahnameh in the Manuscript Collection of the International Institute of Islamic Thought & Civilization (ISTAC), IIUM”, Chapter in a book entitled Congress of Isfahan School, volume I: The Collective Essays on Painting

Published by: The Iran Academy of Art, Tehran, 2008

ISBN: 978-964- 2986-19-4

 

Christian and Oriental Philosophy of Art (Translation and Commentary) (Book: 224 pages)

The Book was originally written by the famous art historian and Indologist, Ananda K. Coomaraswamy. The translation of the book to Persian includes a comprehensive commentary and a glossary of technical words and mythical names. It is further complemented with 28 illustrations of historical paintings and sculptures.

Published by: The Iran Academy of Art, Tehran, 2007

 

 

“Postgraduate Studies in Art: An Interdisciplinary ApproachChapter in a book entitled Postgraduate Education: Trends and Future Directions

Published by: Institute of Postgraduate Studies, University of Malaya, KL, Malaysia 2006

Editors: Norhanon Abdul Wahab, Shaliza Ibrahim, Aziza Hamza, Md Yusoff Musa

 

“Why Exhibit Works of Art?” Chapter in a book entitled New Gathering and Old Wine: Selected Essays on Philosophia Perenis (Jam’e noe va Mey-e Kohbeh: Majmoo’e Maqalat-e Ashab-e Hekmat-e Khaledeh).

The book comprises 26 chapters (translation of the select works by a number of traditionalists). I contributed to the book through translation and writing commentary (in Persian) on an essay by works by the eminent 19th – 20th century writer Ananda K. Coomaraswamy: the original essay was published in his Christian and Oriental Philosophy of Art.

Published by: The Institute of Research and development of Human Sciences, Tehran, 2005 (1384), pp. 309-343

 

 “Christian and Oriental, or True Philosophy of Art” Chapter in a book entitled New Gathering and Old Wine: Selected Essays on Philosophia Perenis (Jam’e noe va Mey-e Kohbeh: Majmoo’e Maqalat-e Ashab-e Hekmat-e Khaledeh).

The book comprises 26 chapters (translation of the select works by a number of traditionalists). I contributed to the book through translation and writing commentary (in Persian) on an essay by works by the eminent 19th – 20th century writer Ananda K. Coomaraswamy: the original essay was published in his Christian and Oriental Philosophy of Art.

Published by: The Institute of Research and development of Human Sciences, Tehran, 2005 (1384), pp. 343-369

 

“That Beauty is a State”: Chapter in a book entitled New Gathering and Old Wine: Selected Essays on Philosophia Perenis (Jam’e noe va Mey-e Kohbeh: Majmoo’e Maqalat-e Ashab-e Hekmat-e Khaledeh).

The book comprises 26 chapters (translation of the select works by a number of traditionalists). I contributed to the book through translation and writing commentary (in Persian) an essay by works by the eminent 19th – 20th century writer Ananda K. Coomaraswamy; the original essay was published in his The Dance of Shiva .

Published by: The Institute of Research and development of Human Sciences, Tehran, 2005 (1384), pp.417-439

 

Introduction to Indian Art (Translation and Commentary) (Book: 216 pgs)

The Book was originally written by the famous art historian and Indologist, Ananda K. Coomaraswamy. The translation of the book to Persian includes a comprehensive commentary and a glossary of technical words and mythical names. It is further complemented with over 70 illustrations of historical paintings and sculptures.

Published jointly by: Iran Academy of Art and Rowzaneh Publishing, Tehran, 2003

 

Water: The First Element (84 pgs)

Author of the main body of the text comprising six chapters as follows:
-Waters of Life

-Waters of Purification

-Waters of Emotion

-Waters of Transformation

-Water and Woman

-Waters of Destruction

Co-curated an international photography exhibition on the subject of “Water” that was held in conjunction with the 10th Session OIC at the National Art Gallery. My photographic works were displayed as a leading photographer on the subject.

National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, 2003

 

The Silk Roads, Highways of Culture and Commerce

I contributed a chapter entitled:                                                                                                              “Silk Roads’ Spiritual Identity: A Historical Overview of Buddhism and Islam”,

UNESCO Publishing, New York / Oxford, 2000

                       

The Sacred Art of Marriage – Persian Marriage Certificates of the Qajar Dynasty(100 pgs, large format)

Publisher:  Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, 2000.

 

The Evolution of Art through History, Volume I Art of the Ancient Civilizations (155 pgs)
Publisher:  Ministry of Education, Iran, 1999.

The above volumes were commissioned by Iran’s Ministry of Education as text books for pre-university students who wished to major in the fine arts in university level.

 

The Evolution of Art through History, Volume IIArt of the Middle Ages to the Modern Era (230 pgs)

Publisher:   Ministry of Education, Iran, 1998.

The above volumes were commissioned by Iran’s Ministry of Education as text books for pre-university students who wished to major in the fine arts in university level.

 

Noor-AlQuran (The Light of the Quran)

Co-Author

Publisher:   Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, 1999

 

Secrecy of Indian Myths – Vedic Gods (360 pgs)

 Publisher:   Fekr-Rooz Publishing, Tehran, 1998

 

The Shah Jahan Nama of Inayat Khan: An Abridged History of the Mughal Emporer Shah Jahan (Translated to English) (Member of Translation Board).

Published by: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195624890 / 9780195624892 / 0-19-562489-0

This is a major translation project of an important historical source from 17th century India, (written in classical Persian, Mughal style), based on collected materials from several museums/archives.

 

Indo-Iranian Cultural Relations, World Heritage

Contributed a chapter entitled: “Nature, Man and Art: An Irano-Islamic Perspective”

Publisher: Culture House of the I. R. Iran, New Delhi, 1994

 

 

PUBLICATIONS 
 (Academic Papers and Articles in Journals & Proceedings)

 

“Form and Content: A Historical and Artistic Assessment of a 17th Century Illustrated Manuscript of Shahnameh from S.M.N.A Library, Malaysia”

Al-Shajarah, Journal of the International Institute of Islamic Thought & Civilization (ISTAC), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), 2009  Volume 23 Number 1, pp. 41-66

ISSN: 1394-6870

 

 

“Science of the Self as Depicted in the Story of the Snake-Catcher: Rūmī’s Mathnawī in Context”

Kanz Philosophia, A journal of Islamic Philosophy &Mysticism,Sadra Islamic College for Advanced Islamic Philosophy Volume 6 Number 1, June 2016

ISSN Print: 2442-5451 ISSN Online: 2407-1056

 

Rise of Eclecticism in the 21st Century Malaysian

Mosque Architecture”

PLANNING MALAYSIA: Journal of the Malaysian Institute of Planners

Volume 15, issue 1, 201, pp.  295-304 (scopus indexed)

ISSN:  1675-6215

eISSN: 0128-0945

 

 

“Leading a Moderate Life: Guidelines from Rumi”s Mathnawi”

Maulana Rumi Review,Volume 7, 2016, pp. 161-174

ISSN:  2042 3357

ISBN of vol.7:  978-190-1383-52-2

 

 

“The Story of Creativity: From Divine Act to Creative Industry”

Penguilmuan Seni Dan Industri Kreatif, National Academy of Art and Cultural Heritage (ASWARA), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, December 2016, pp. 34-47

ISSN:  978-983-2538-31-8

 

 

“Noruz: Treading Time, Nature, Faith and Culture”

Kanz Philosophia, A journal of Islamic Philosophy &Mysticism,Sadra Islamic College for Advanced Islamic Philosophy Volume 5, No. 1, Issue June 2015 (actual Publication February 2016), pp. 1-18

ISSN:  2442-5451

 

 

“Emergence of Eclecticism as Style: New Approaches to Mosque Architecture in Malaysia”

Firooze Islam, Journal of Research on Islamic Architecture and Urbanism, Volume 1, No. 1, Tabriz Islamic Art University, Issue 14, June 2014, pp. 25-32

ISSN:  2383-0247

 

“Ramadhan at MacGeorge House: Letter to a Friend”

University of Melbourne COLLECTIONS, Issue 14, June 2014

ISSN 1835-6028 (print)

ISSN 1836-0408 (online)

 

“In the Presence of Tradition: An Account of Traditional Art”

Online publication http://www.bookcity.org/ (2014)

 

“Metaphors of Music & Dance in Rumi’s Mathnawi”

KATHA, Official Journal of The Centre for Civilizational Dialogue, Universiti Malaya, Volume 8, 2012 (late publication 2014), pp. 1-14,ISSN 1823-2159

 

“Reviving Tradition in Islamic Built Environment: An Assessment of Pirnia’s Proposed Principles”

 

Published by Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design International Islamic University Malaysia Copyright©2013 Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design,  (pp. 292 – 299)

 e-ISBN 978-967-0621-01-2

 

“’The Mystical and Physical Splendor  of Tayyeb Salih’s THE WEDDING OF ZEIN”

Joint effort with Lateef Kayode Adeyemo

The International Journal of Arts, Culture & Heritage (IJACH), Volume 2, 2013,  ASWARA, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, pp. 1-20,

Kuala Lumpur, ISSN 2289-3121

 

 

Joint effort with Tayebeh Goodarzi

 

Conference Proceeding, International Conference On Architecture And Built Environment 2013 (Icabe2013), Redefining the Concept of Islamic Architecture and Built Environment, 7-8 November 2013

 “From Superman to Superior Man: Anthropology of Perfection in Traditional Cosmology”

Kanz Philosophia, A journal for Philosophy, Mysticism and religious Studies, Volume I, Number 2, August-December 2011, pp. 51-75, Sadra International Institute in Affiliation with Islamic College for Advanced Studies (ICAS)- PARAMADINA, Jakarta, ISSN 2088-8511

 

 

“Islamic Initiation of a Pre-Islamic Myth: From Shahnameh to Rostamnameh” in Proceedings of the International Conference on Commemorating Ferdowsi: Shahnameh in the 2nd Millennium, Under the Supervision of Dr. Maryam Khalili Jahantigh, Volume 4, pp.3848-3872, ISBN of the Volume: 978 964 392 768-4, ISBN of the Set: 978 964 392 769-1

 

 

“Caravansarais: Landmarks of Trade and Sites of Cultural Dialogue”

Joint effort with Soodeh AlamshenasHamedani

 in ICUDBE 2011 Sharing The World MUSAWAH (International Conference on Universal Design in Built Environment, edited by: Asiah Abdul Rahim, Published by KAED Universal Design Unit , International Islamic University Malaysia, 2011, ISBN: 978 9833 142156, pp. 413-426

 

 

Sufi Sama and the Cosmology of Mandala

International Mevlana Symposium Papers, Volume 3, pp. 1557-1583

Motto Publication 2007 project, Istanbul

Actual Printing 2010

ISBN: 978 -605-61104-0-5, pp. 1559-1583

 

 

Ethics and Aesthetics: An Oriental Point of View

Khiyal, the quarterly journal of the Iranian Academy of Arts, No. 23-24, Autumn  - Winter 2008, (Late Edition published in January 2010)  pp. 4-23

 

 

Formation of Sino-Arabic Calligraphy along the Silk Route: An Interdisciplinary Study

Al-Shajarah, Journal of the International Institute of Islamic Thought & Civilization (ISTAC), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), 2009  Volume 14 Number 2, pp. 243-262

 

 

Nature in the Oriental Arts: A Study of Coomaraswamy’s Perspective

The Collection of Essays of the Congress: Nature in Oriental Art, Iranian Academy of Art, Spring 1338 (May 2009), Iranian Academy of Art, Tehran

ISBN: 978-964- 232-017-2

Sufi Sama and the Cosmology of Mandala

Al-Shajarah, Journal of the International Institute of Islamic Thought & Civilization (ISTAC), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), 2008  Volume 13 Number 2, pp. 179-209 (delayed publication)

 

 

The Persian Tradition of Marriage Documentation: Pre-Islamic & Islamic Marriage Contracts

Al-Shajarah, Journal of the International Institute of Islamic Thought & Civilization (ISTAC), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), 2007 Volume 12 Number 2, pp. 143-160 (delayed publication)

 

 

Esoteric Buddhism and Islamic Mysticism: An Interdisciplinary Overview of the Sacred Arts and Mystical Literature, in:

Esoteric Buddhist Studies: Identity in Diversity (Proceedings of the International Conference on Esoteric Buddhist Studies), March 2008, Koyasan University, pp. 381-398

 

 

Religious Art as Reflected in the Ancient Indian Sources and Ananda K. Coomaraswamy’s Writings
Khiyal, the quarterly journal of the Iranian Academy of Arts, No. 20, Winter 2007, pp. 4-23

 

 

Ananda Coomaraswamy’s Perception of ‘Form’ and Artistic Perfection

Khiyal, the quarterly journal of the Iranian Academy of Arts, No. 18, Summer 2006, pp. 68-75

Nasta’liq Dialect: A Comparative Analysis of Persian Calligraphy in Iran and Indian Subcontinent

Golestan-e Honar, Biannual journal of the History of Iranian Art and Architecture, Published by ‘Iran Academy of Art’, No. 2 Autumn 2005-Winter 2006, pp. 116-125

 

 

Collection Management of Islamic Heritage

In Accordance with the Worldview and Shari’ah of Islam

Conservation of Living Religious Heritage, ICCROM CONSERVATION STUDIES 3, 2005, International Centre for the Study of Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property, Rome, Italy, pp. 94-101

 

 

Religion, Media and the Question of Authority

Asia Media Summit (2005), Annual Journal of ‘Asia-Pacific Institute For Broadcasting Development’, Autumn 2005, pp. 97-105

 

 

Mudrā: The Symbolism of Hand Gestures in Buddhist Iconography

Honar-Nameh, Quarterly Journal of Arts Research, University of Art, Tehran,  Summer 2004 , Vol. 7, No. 23, pp. 16-29

 

 

Alam, Manusia dan Seni: Tinjanan Seni Islam di Dunia Persia (Translated to Indonesian)

Islamia, NO. 1&2, June-August 2004 , Indonesia

 

 

“Buddhist Architecture and its Symbolic Aspects: Part II, ‘Chaitya’ and ‘Vihara’”

Khiyal, the quarterly journal of the Iranian Academy of Arts, No. 10, Summer 2004

 

 

“Buddhist Architecture and its Symbolic Aspects: Part I, ‘Stupa’”

Khiyal, the quarterly journal of the Iranian Academy of Arts, No. 9, Spring 2004

 

 

 

“Myth and Time in the Mirror of Ancient Indian Beliefs”

Ketab-e Mah: The Arts, No: 61- 62, Tehran, September – October 2003

 

 

“Sacred Art and the Silk Roads” Traditions: A Search for Common Grounds” (English)In the volume: “Papers of  the “UNESCO International Symposium on the Silk Roads, Xian”    November 17-22, 2002

 

 

 

“Mandala: Manifestation of Supernatural World in Indian Sacred Arts” (Persian)

Faslnameh-i- Honar, The Art Quarterly, New series, No: 46, Winter 2001

 

 

“Manifestation of Mandala in Traditional Iranian Architecture and Music” (Persian)

Honar Nameh, Quarterly Journal of Arts Research, University of Art, Tehran, Autumn 2001

 

 

“Contemporary Iranian Art” (English)

Introduction to the catalogue: ‘A Breeze from the Gardens of Persia

(Published in conjunction with the traveling exhibition of Iranian Contemporary Art in the USA from 2001-2003, Inaugurated in Washington DC, April 2001)

 

 

 “Methodology of Research and Displaying of Historical Paper Objects(Persian)

Honar Nameh, Quarterly Journal of Arts Research, University of Art, Tehran, Summer 2001

 

 

“Reflections on Islam & Modern Life by Dr Seyyed Hossein Nasr” (translated to Persian)

Saye-e-Tooba: The essays published in conjunction with the 1st painting Biennial

of the Islamic World Conference,Museum of Contemporary Arts, Tehran, November 2000

 

 

“Islamic Art: Its Contribution to the Hindu Scriptures” (Persian)

Saye-e-Tooba: The essays published in conjunction with the 1st painting Biennial

of the Islamic World Conference,Museum of Contemporary Arts, Tehran, November 2000

 

 

“The Archetypal Woman in Mythological and Religious Arts” (Persian)

Honar Nameh, Quarterly Journal of Arts Research, University of Art, Tehran, Summer 2000

 

 “Reflections on the Art Theories of Ananda K. Coomaraswamy” (Persian)

Art edition, Journal of National Academy of Sciences, Iran, Autumn & Winter 2000

 

 

 “Mahatma: The Great Spirit” (Persian)

Ayene-e Hind,The Cultural Journal of Indian Embassy, Tehran,1999

 

 

“Evolution of Buddhist Figurative Art along the Silk Roads” (Persian)

Honar Nameh, Quarterly Journal of Arts Research, University of Art, Tehran, Autumn 1999

 

“From Cyrus to Ashoka: A Comparative Study of Ancient Arts and Beliefs of Persia and India” (Persian)

Honar Nameh, Quarterly Journal of Arts Research, University of Art, Tehran, Autumn 1998

 

 

“Traditional Art Within the Academy: A Survey on Art Education in India”(Persian)

Honar Nameh, Quarterly Journal of Arts Research, University of Art, Tehran,  Summer 1997

 

 

Time and Eternity, I & II(Persian), translation to Persian of an Essay by Heinrich Zimmer

Nameh Farhang, Quarterly Journal of Social & Cultural Studies, 1997

 

 

“The Buddha – Ideal or Idol, A Study on the Evolution of Buddhist Iconography”(Persian),

Nameh Farhang, Quarterly Journal of Cultural and Social Studies, No. 22, 1996

 

 

“The Divine Savior according to Hindu Cosmology”(Persian)

Kayhan Farhangi, monthly journal of cultural studies, No. 124, 1996.

 

 

“Indo-Islamic Architecture: the Confluence of Contradictions”,(Persian)

Nameh Farhang, Quarterly Journal on Cultural and Social Research, No. 20, 1996

 

 

“An Introduction to Indo-Islamic Architecture”(Persian)

Nameh Farhang, Quarterly Journal on Cultural and Social Studies, No. 19, 1996

 

 

“Traces of Persian Art in the Domain of Indian Culture”(Persian)

Nameh Farhang, Quarterly Journal on Cultural and. Social Studies, No. 18. 1995

 

 

“Traces of Persian Art in the Domain of Indian Culture” Part II: Irano- Islamic Elements in Illustrating Indian Scriptures (Persian)

Nameh Farhang, Quarterly Journal on Cultural and. Social Studies, No. 14. 1992

 

 

“Islamic Scripts in India, Tuqlaq Period, III”(Urdu)

Rah-e Islam, Monthly Journal of Islamic Culture, New Delhi, 1994

 

 

 

“Islamic Scripts in India, Tuqlaq Period, II”(Urdu)

Rah-e Islam, Monthly Journal of Islamic Culture, , New Delhi, 1993

 

 

“Islamic Scripts in India, Tuqlaq Period, I (Urdu)

Rah-e Islam, Monthly Journal of Islamic Culture, New Delhi, 1993

 

 

 “Nature, Man and Art: An Irano-Islamic Perspective” (English)

In the volume: PRAKRITI, Man and Nature:, An Integral Vision

Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi, 1992

 

“A Report of the ASHURA PROCESSION in Lucknow(Persian)

Nameh Farhang, Quarterly Journal on Cultural and. Social Studies, No. 11. 1992

“The Concept of SPIRIT in the Hindu Cosmology”(Persian)

Kayhan-e Farhangi, monthly journal of cultural studies, Tehran, 1992

 

 

 “Iranian’s Contribution to the Art of Islamic Calligraphy”,

 Journal of the IndianMuseums, pp. 62-71,

Museum Association of India , New Delhi, 1991,

 

“Persian Costumes during the Qajar Period”(Urdu)

Rah-e Islam, Monthly Journal of Islamic Culture, New Delhi, 1991

 

 

“Persian Costumes during the Safavid Period, II” (Urdu)

Rah-e Islam, Monthly Journal of Islamic Culture, New Delhi, 1990

.

 

“Persian Costumes during the Safavid Period, I” (Urdu)

Rah-e Islam, Monthly Journal of Islamic Culture, New Delhi, 1990

 

 

“Persian Costumes in the Islamic Era,V” (Urdu)

Rah-e Islam, Monthly Journal of Islamic Culture, New Delhi, 1990

 

 

“Persian Costumes in the Islamic Era,IV (Urdu)

Rah-e Islam, Monthly Journal of Islamic Culture, New Delhi, 1990

 

 

“Persian Costumes in the Islamic Era, III(Urdu)

Rah-e Islam, Monthly Journal of Islamic Culture, New Delhi, 1990

 

 

“Persian Costumes in the Islamic Era, II(Urdu)

Rah-e Islam, Monthly Journal of Islamic Culture, New Delhi, 1989

 

 

“Persian Costumes in the Islamic Era, I(Urdu)

Rah-e Islam, Monthly Journal of Islamic Culture, New Delhi, 1989

 

 

“Persian Costumes during the Sasanian Period, II(Urdu)

Rah-e Islam, Monthly Journal of Islamic Culture, New Delhi, 1989

 

 

 “Persian Costumes during the Sasanian Period, I(Urdu)

Rah-e Islam, Monthly Journal of Islamic Culture, New Delhi, 1989

 

 

“Persian Costumes during the Ashkanian Period”(Urdu)

Rah-e Islam, Monthly Journal of Islamic Culture, New Delhi, 1989

 

 

“Persian Costumes during the Medes PeriodII(Urdu)

Rah-e Islam, Monthly Journal of Islamic Culture, New Delhi, 1989

 

 

“Persian Costumes During Medes PeriodI (Urdu)

Rah-e Islam, Monthly Journal of Islamic Culture, New Delhi, 1989

 

 

“Persian Costumes in Ancient Times” (Urdu)

Rah-e Islam, Monthly Journal of Islamic Culture, New Delhi, 1989

 

 

“Islamic Calligraphic Art: the TUGHRA Style, II (Urdu)

Rah-e Islam, Monthly Journal of Islamic Culture, New Delhi, 1989

 

 

“Islamic Calligraphic Art: the TUGHRA Style, I(Urdu)

Rah-e Islam, Monthly Journal of Islamic Culture, New Delhi, 1989

 

 

“Islamic Scripts: Decorative Styles, IV” (Urdu)

Rah-e Islam, Monthly Journal of Islamic Culture, New Delhi, 1989

 

 

“Islamic Scripts: Decorative Styles,III (Urdu)

Rah-e Islam, Monthly Journal of Islamic Culture, New Delhi, 1988

 

“Islamic Scripts: Decorative Styles,II (Urdu)

Rah-e Islam, Monthly Journal of Islamic Culture, New Delhi, 1988

 

 

“Islamic Scripts: Decorative Styles,I (Urdu)

Rah-e Islam, Monthly Journal of Islamic Culture, New Delhi, 1988

 

 

“Islamic Scripts: NASTALIQ Style” (Urdu)

Rah-e Islam, Monthly Journal of Islamic Culture, New Delhi, 1988

 

“Islamic Script: TALIQ and DIWANI Styles” (Urdu)

Rah-e Islam, Monthly Journal of Islamic Culture, New Delhi, 1988

 

 

“The Calligraphic Art of Iran after the Islamic Revolution” (Urdu)

Rah-e Islam, Monthly Journal of Islamic Culture, New Delhi, 1988

 

 

“Islamic Scripts: NASKH Style” (Urdu)

Rah-e Islam, Monthly Journal of Islamic Culture, New Delhi, 1987

 

 

“Islamic Scripts: THULTH, RAYHAN and TAWQI Styles” (Urdu)

Rah-e Islam, Monthly Journal of Islamic Culture, New Delhi, 1987

 

 

“Origin of Writing and the Emergence of Arabic Script” (Urdu)

Rah-e Islam, Monthly Journal of Islamic Culture, New Delhi, 1987

 

 

“Individuality in Art, III(Urdu)

Rah-e Islam, Monthly Journal of Islamic Culture, New Delhi, 1987

 

 

“Individuality in Art,II(Urdu)

Rah-e Islam, Monthly Journal of Islamic Culture, New Delhi, 1987

 

 

“Individuality in Art,I(Urdu)

Rah-e Islam, Monthly Journal of Islamic Culture, New Delhi, 1987

 

 

“Art and Religion,II(Urdu)

Rah-e Islam, Monthly Journal of Islamic Culture, New Delhi, 1986

 

 

“Art and Religion, I(Urdu)

Rah-e Islam, Monthly Journal of Islamic Culture, New Delhi, 1986


 PRESENTATIONS (Conferences, Seminars & Public Lectures)

 

  • CONTRACTS OF LOVE: Persian Artistic Tradition of Marriage Documentation

Keynote Speaker

Melancholy to Euphoria: How Emotion is Materialized in the Middle Eastern Manuscript

A Symposium organized by Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, University of Melbourne 27-28 June 2018

 

Devoted Poet, Dedicated Calligrapher: Aesthetic Expression of Religious Emotion in  Mulla Hassan Kashi’s Haft-Band

Joint presentation with Leyla H. Tajer

Melancholy to Euphoria: How Emotion is Materialized in the Middle Eastern Manuscript

A Symposium organized by Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, University of Melbourne 27-28 June 2018

 

  • Symbols of Creation & Time in Hindu Mythology and Art

Seminar at the University of Gilan, Rasht, Iran, 13 May 2018

 

  • Transformation of Mythical Identity to Relugious Identity to Consolidate National Identity: From Shahnameh to Rostamnameh

Seminar at the University of Gilan, Rasht, Iran, 13 May 2018

 

  • Symbols of Time & Timelessness in Hindu Mythology and Art

Oriental Research Centre, Iran Academy of Art, Tehran, 15 November 2017

 

  • Workshop on Symbolism in Hindu Mythological Art

Oriental Research Centre, Iran Academy of Art, Tehran, 14 November 2017

 

  • Symbols of God and Time in Hindu Iconography

Seminar at the Islamic Azad University, Islamshahr Campus, Tehran, 28 October 2017

  • An Introduction to Ḥamzah Fanṣoūrī’s Asrārul ‘Ārifīn, Sharābul-‘Āshiqīn, Al-Muntahī: A Translation Project in Progress
    (co-authored with Leila H. Tajer)
    First International Conference: “Civilizational and cultural heritage of Iran and the Malay world; A cultural Discourse,” University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
    11th - 12th February 2017,
  • Islamic Art and it's Trans-religious Nature
    International Conference entitled “Immersion in Islamic Art”
    Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (IAMM), Kuala Lumpur
    23-25 January 2017
  • Ceremonial Colors of Love in Iranian Tradition: Analytical Study of Historical Persian Marriage Contracts”
    International Conference: Color in Urban Life: Images, Objects and Spaces
    AIC 2016, Centro de Extensión of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile,
    18-22 October 2016, Santiago, Chile
  • Rise of Eclecticism in the 21st Century Malaysian Mosque
    International Conference on Architecture And Built Environment 2016 (ICABE 2016):
    October 5-6, 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

  • Timeless Wisdom of Myths and Legends: Learning from the Hindu Tale of ‘The March of the Ants’

International Seminar on Cultural and Religious Wisdom, Universiti Islam Malaysia, Cyberjaya, Selangor

27-28 September 2016

  • Wisdom (Hikmah) as Perceived by Iranian Muslim Scholars: Ibn Sina, Ghazali and Suhrawardi (co-authored with Leila H. Tajer)

International Seminar on Cultural and Religious Wisdom, Universiti Islam Malaysia, Cyberjaya, Selangor

27-28 September 2016

 

  • Science of the Self as Depicted in the Story of the Snake-Catcher:
     Rumi's Mathnawī in Context
    (co-authored with Leila H. Tajer)

CAMEA 5th International Conference. ‘Ilm: Science, Religion, and Art in Islam, 20-23 July 2016, Adelaide, Australia

 

  • Study of the Motifs on Qajar Marriage Certificates (co-authored with Leila Alhagh)

CAMEA 5th International Conference. ‘Ilm: Science, Religion, and Art in Islam, 20-23 July 2016, Adelaide, Australia

 

  • Religious Transformation of Myths for the Consolidation of National Identity: From Shahnameh to Rostamnameh

Seminar at the Islamic Azad University, Islamshahr Campus, Tehran, 24 May 2016

  • Workshop on Indian Art & Culture: Pre Islamic to Islamic Era
              Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran, 24 April –6 May, 2016

 

  • Brotherhood & Social Relation: An Exposition of Al-Ghazali’s Doctrine of Brotherhood in Islam

Invited speaker for the Ibadah Camp, Faculty of Architecture and Environmental Design, International Islamic University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur

5 April 2016

 

  • PERSIAN MOTIF: A Discourse of Formation, Transformation and its Relation to Cultural Identity

Keynote address at the opening ceremony of “Persian Motif” an art exhibition by 8 Iranian Artists

Sutra Gallery, 12 Titiwangsa 3, 53200, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

18 December 2015

 

  • Transformation of Malaysia Mosque Architecture after Independence

Lecture series, Department of History & Civilization,

International Islamic University Malaysia\

13 November 2015

 

  • Science of the Self: Man & His Animal Faces in Rumi’s Mathnawi

2nd International Conference on Human Sustainability 2015

University Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM)

19-20 October 2015

 

  • Sacred, Religious & Non-Religious In the Islamic Literary & Artistic Tradition
    “Religion and Spirituality in Literature and the Arts”: The 17th Annual Conference of the English Department, University of Bucharest,  June 4-6, 2015

 

  • Malaysian Mosque Architecture: Eclectic Tendencies

Guest Speaker, Islamic Azad University, Islamshar Campus, Iran, May 26, 2015 

 

  • Marriage & The Story of Marriage Documentation: A visual Journey
    Guest Speaker, ISTAC Lecture Series, IIUM Kuala Lumpur Campus, February 11, 2015  
  • Position of Eclecticism in Religious Architecture: An Analytical Study of Malaysian Mosque Design after Independence  

Guest Speaker, Art University of Isfahan, Iran, October 8th, 2014 

 

  • Form, Function and Symbolism: A Survey of Masjid Wilayah, Kuala Lumpur

 Guest Speaker, Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

 Malaysia, 9 December 2014

 

  • The Story of Creativity: From Divine Act to Creative Industry

Guest Speaker, National Conference Entitled “Intellect, Culture, Art”

National Academy of Art, Culture and Heritage (ASWARA), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 29-31 October 2014

 

  • Metaphors of Music & Dance in Rumi’s Worldview

Guest Speaker, National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage (ASWARA), Ministry of Tourism and Culture , 464, Jalan Tun Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 7 February 2014)

  •  Eclecticism as Architectural Style: An Assessment of Contemporary  Mosque Architecture in Malaysia 

Guest Speaker, Tabriz Islamic Art University, Tabriz, October 29, 2013

  •  Sacred, Religious and Secular in the Context of Islamic Art

Workshop, Tabriz Islamic Art University, Tabriz, October 29, 2013

  •   Tamed Eclecticism in Mosque Architecture: From Thought top Design

Presentation and workshop for PhD Candidates in Islamic Architecture, Tabriz Islamic Art University, Tabriz, October 28, 2013

  •   Eclecticism as Architectural Style: An Assessment of Contemporary Mosque Architecture in Malaysia

Guest Speaker, Conference Series on Evaluating History and Theoriesof Art & Architecture, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planing, Shahid beheshti University, Tehran,   October 26, 2013

  •   Indus Valley Civilization and its Contribution to Indian Art & Culture

Guest Speaker, School of World Studies, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran   October 20, 2012

  • Buddhist  Art & Culture of India

Guest Speaker, School of World Studies, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran   October 21, 2012

  •   Hindu  Art & Culture

Guest Speaker, School of World Studies, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran   October 22, 2012

  •   Concept of Avatar: Constant Divine Presence on Earth

Guest Speaker, School of World Studies, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran   October 23, 2012

  • Symbolism in Hindu & Buddhist Art

Guest Speaker, School of World Studies, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran   October 24, 2012

 

  • In Search for Accurate Transliteration of Indian terms: Theory of Correlation between Styles of Writing & Pronouncing
     Guest Speaker, School of World Studies, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran   October 25, 2012

 

  •   Spiritual Dimension of Creative Vision: A Visual Journey

Guest Speaker, Department of Religious Studies, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, September 17, 2012

  •    Snake Symbolism in Buddhist & Hindu Iconography

Guest Speaker, Department of Religious Studies, Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand, September 14, 2012

  •   Sacred, Religious & Non-Religious in the Islamic Artistic Tradition

Guest Speaker, Department of Religious Studies, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, September 12, 2012

  • Art: Being or Doing
    Guest Speaker at the Opening Ceremony of “The Malaysia Iran Art Exhibition 2012” (MARIYA 2012) At The National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage (Aswara Akademi Seni Budhaya & Warisan Kebangsaan), No 24, Jalan Tun Ismail, 50480, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, April 4, 2012   

 

 

  •    Spiritual Dimension of Creative Vision: A Visual Journey”

Keynote Address at the “International Conference on “Creativity & the Spiritual Path: Connecting Creative Muslims” held at the Islamic Arts Museum of Malaysia (IAMM), Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, April 7th, 2012

 

  • Eclectic Social Identity and Mosque Architecture: Malaysian Case
    International Conference on Towards an Understanding of Islamic Built Environment, UniversitasIslam Bandung Indonesia (UNISBA) , 28th -29thMarch 2012

 

  • A Decade of Fascinating Experiences in India: Glancing Through My Travelogues

 International Seminar on “Reflection of Indian Culture & Civilization in Travelogues”,Centre of Indian Languages: School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, INDIA, (12 -14 March, 2012

 

  •    Persians’ Contribution to the Enrichment of Art & Culture of Islam

International Conference on The Role and the Contribution of Iranian Nation to Islamic Civilization, Center for the Study of Islam and Society (PPIM) UIN Jakarta

Harun Nasution Auditorium, UIN, Jakarta, March 8, 2012

 

  • Islamic Initiation of a Pre-Islamic Myth: From Shahnameh to Rostamnameh

International Conference on Commemorating Ferdowsi: Shahnameh in the 2nd Millennium University of Sistan & Baluchestan, December 24-26, 2011

 

  • Revival of Jawi: Preservation of Malay Artistic Heritage and Cultural Identity

Malay Archipelago Heritage Seminar, School of Art Studies, University Malaysia Sabah, 9-11 December 2011

 

  •       Caravanserais: Landmarks of Trade and Sites of Cultural Dialogue

International Conference on Universal Design in Built Environment (ICUDBE2011)

22nd -23rd November 2011, Cultural Activity Centre (CAC), International Islamic University Malaysia

  • Metaphoric Treatment of Music and Dance in Rumi’s Mathnawi

International Conference on Jalaluddin Rumi: Present & Past, East & West (Commemorating the 704th Birthday Of Rumi)

September 22, 2011, Centre for Civilizational Dialogue, University Malaya

 

  • Evolvement of a Leading Islamic Manuscript Hub in Southeast Asia:   ISTAC Manuscript and Rare Book Collection

The Seventh Islamic Manuscript Conference: Islamic Manuscripts In South And Southeast Asia, The Islamic Manuscript Association, Cambridge University, UK, 12–14 July 2011, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

 

  • From Superman to Superior Man: Anthropology of Perfection in Traditional Cosmology
    International Seminar on the Anthropology of Transcendental Philosophy: Retracing Human Nature and Transcending the Vision of Humanity Today, Islamic College, Jakarta, Indonesia, 26-27 March 2011

 

·                Evolution of Islamic Scripts along the Silk Routes: Analyzing sound-form relationship in Indian Nastaliq and Chinese Sini 

International seminar on Silk Route: Connecting Cultures beyond Contemporary Borders, National Museum, New Delhi, 31th Jan -1st Feb 2011

 

  • Hindu Faith and Iconography, Public lecture and tour to a group of scholars who came to Malaysia on the occasion of the 2nd International Symposium on Mystical Aspects of Islamic Art & Literature, ISTAC, IIUM

         Batu Caves, KL, Malaysia, 23 July 2010 

 

  • Eclectic Style in Mosque Architecture: A survey of Masjid Wilayah, Kuala Lumpur
    Public lecture and tour to a group of scholars who came to Malaysia on the occasion of the 2nd International Symposium on Mystical Aspects of Islamic Art & Literature, ISTAC, IIUM

Masjid Wilayah, KL, Malaysia, 23 July 2010 

 

  • From Pronunciation to Penmanship: Reflections on the Logic and Ethics of Transliteration
    Seminar organized by the Azad Islamic University, South Tehran Branch, Faculty of Teachers Training, Tehran, Iran , 26 May 2010 

 

  • Eclectic Style in Mosque Architecture: A survey of Masjid Wilayah, Kuala Lumpur
    Public lecture and tour to a group of Malaysian civil servants, Masjid Wilayah, KL, Malaysia, 28 January 2010 

 

  • Timeless Contemporality Versus Temporal Companionship: Reflections on Indo-Iranian Cultural Relation
    International Seminar of India-Iran Relations in Contemporary Times (1979-2009), Centre for West Asian Studies, Jami Millia Islamia, New Delhi, 3-5 December 2009

    • Script and the Question of Cultural Identity
      13th Biennial Symposium on Literatures and Cultures of the Asia-Pacific Region
      International Islamic University Malaysia, 20-23 November 2009

    • Islamic Architecture in the Indian Subcontinent

         Seminar at the at the School of Architecture, Beheshti University, Tehran

         May 13, 2009

 

  • Art and the Identity Crisis

          Seminar at a foundation for improvement of quality of life for physically handicapped females, Tehran  May 15, 2009

 

  • Hikayat Shahnameh: Realization of Idealism

Public Lecture and slide presentation, Lecture Series: International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), IIUM, April 18, 2008

 

  • Islamic Mysticism & Esoteric Buddhism: Reflections on Devotional Art & Literature

Paper presented at the International Seminar on Mystical Aspects of Islamic Art & Literature, International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), IIUM, Kuala Lumpur, March 23-27, 2009

 

  • Music and Sama as Perceived by Maulana Jalal –al-Din Rumi in his Mathnawi

3rd lecture of a Series of lectures entitled ‘Reflections on Rumi’s Mathnawi’, Organized by the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), IIUM, Kuala Lumpur, March 27, 2009

 

  • The Essence of Mathnawi as Reflected in the “Ney-nameh”: The Narrative of the Flute

2nd lecture of a Series of lectures entitled ‘Reflections on Rumi’s Mathnawi’, Organized by the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), IIUM, Kuala Lumpur, February 27, 2009

 

  • Life of Jalal –al-Din Rumi and the Impacts of Shams-e Tabrizi

1st lecture of a Series of lectures entitled ‘Reflections on Rumi’s Mathnawi’, Organized by the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), IIUM, Kuala Lumpur, January 1, 2009

 

  • International Conference of Shiraz School, Art, Literature & Thought during the 7th, 8th & 9th Century Hijri, Iranian Academy of Art, Discussant & Chair Tehran & Shiraz, December 7-11, 2008
  • Dialogue of Civilizations & Cultural Fusion along the Silk Routes: An Interdisciplinary Study of the Formation of Sino-Arabic Calligraphy

International Symposium on Maritime Communication & Islamic Culture, Quanzhou Maritime Museum, Fujian, China, November 24-28, 2008

  • Sacred, Religious & Non-Religious in the Islamic Artistic Tradition
     
    Lecture & slide presentation at the “International Symposium on  the Care and Conservation of Middle Eastern Manuscripts, Melbourne, November 26-30, 2007

 

  • Sacred Art of Islam: An Introduction to Marriage Documentation in the Islamic Tradition
    Lecture slide presentation at the “International Symposium on the Care and Conservation of Middle Eastern Manuscripts, Melbourne, November 26-30, 2007

 

  • Islamic Art: The Non-Religious Domain An Overview of an Illustrated Manuscript of Shahnameh of Ferdowsi

Lecture & slide presentation at the “International Symposium on the Care and Conservation of Middle Eastern Manuscripts, Melbourne, November 26-30, 2007

 

  • Jawi Writing: Artistic Creativity & the issue of Cultural Identity

Lecture & slide presentation at the “International Conference on Islam and the Arts”, Singapore, November 2-4, 2007

 

  • The Role of Calligraphy Writing  and Miniature paintings in  Islamic Art
    Opening Remarks at the inaugural ceremony of an art exhibition entitled, “In the Shade Islam” An Exhibition of Traditional Islamic Art of Iran at the  Darul Ridzuan Museum, Ipoh, Perak

Malaysia, April 12 -22, 2007

  • Illustrated Manuscript of Shahnameh (dated 1021AH/1612 CE) in the Manuscript Collection of the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), IIUM
    Lecture & power-point presentation at the “International Conference on School of Isfahan Art, Literature and Thought: From 1000 to 1135 AH”, organized by the Iranian Academy of Art at Tehran & Isfahan (the presentation took place in Isfahan), December 11 – 15, 2006

 

  • Jawi and the Issue of Cultural Identity:An Overview of the Origins and Development of Arabic Script
    Lecture & power-point presentation at the Regional Conference of “Jawi Writing: History, Art and Heritage”, May 2007, KUANTAN, PAHANG

 

  •  Symbolism of the ‘Two-World Mandal in Japanese Esoteric Buddhism’
    Lecture and power-point presentation
    School of Divine Knowledge & Comparative Religious Studies, Azad University, Tehran, Iran, December 18, 2006
  • Sacred Arts in the Japanese Religious Culture
    Lecture and power-point presentation on the sacred arts of Japanese Shingon Buddhism
    Tauhid-Khaneh Auditorium, University of Art, Isfahan, Iran,  November 2, 2006
  • An Overview of Koyasan : Understanding Sacred Arts of Esoteric Buddhism    
    Lecture & power-point presentation at the School of Architecture & Urban Planning, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran November 6, 2006

 

  • Sacred Arts & Religious Rites in Japanese Esoteric Buddhism
    Lecture & power-point presentation at the School of Applied Arts, University of Art, Tehran, Iran,November 14, 2006
  • “Nature” in the Arts of the East: An overview of Ananda Coomaraswamy’s Perception
    Paper presented at the “International conference on Nature in the Oriental Arts”
    (December 4 – 8, 2005 Tehran & Yazd, Iran
  • Contemporary Trends in the Iranian Art of Islamic Calligraphy
    Speech at the NN Gallery, Darul Ehsan Selangor, Malaysia
    12 November 2005
  • Calligraphy-Painting: The Latest Artistic Movement in the Domain of Islamic Calligraphy of Iran
    Inauguralspeech at the Opening of “Dance of the Divine Words”, an Exhibition of Calligraphic Art by three Iranian Masters.  NN Gallery, Darul Ehsan Selangor, Malaysia, October 3, 2005
  • Calligraphy: Art of Devotion
    Inauguralspeech at the opening of an exhibition of Islamic calligraphic works by four Iranian master calligraphers entitled “Calligraphy: Art of Devotion”, organized jointly by Shah Alam Gallery and Art & Identity at Galari Shah Alam, Yayasan Seni Selangor, Laman Budaya, Persiaran Tasik, Tasik Barat, 4000 Shah Alam, Darul Ehsan Selangor, Malaysia, September 20, 2006
  • Esoteric Buddhism and Islamic Mysticism: An Interdisciplinary Overview of the Sacred Arts and Mystical Literature
     
    Paper presented at the “International Conference on Esoteric Buddhist Studies in Koyasan, Japan, 5 – 8 September 2006
  • Art, Media, and the issue of Globalization: An Islamic Perspective
    Paper presented at the “International Symposium of Dialogue, Culture and Globalization” University of Mac Bloch, Strasburg, France
     22-24 November 2005
  • Islamic Art Through the Ages: From Traditional to Contemporary
    (A half-day conference on Islamic Art Appreciation)
    Lecture and Slide Presentation; Organized by Bank Negara Museum at BN Auditorium, KL, Malaysia, August 10, 2005
  • Symbolism of Water in the Visual Arts

Lecture delivered at the opening ceremony of the exhibition “Paintings on Water”,
Sutra Gallery, 12 Persiaran Titiwangsa 3,  KL, Malaysia
July 7, 2005

  • Reflections on Contemporary Art
    Radio Interview on the occasion of my exhibition of photographs at Sutra Gallery
    Light & Easy Radio Station, KL, Malaysia
    July 2, 2005
  • “Religion”, “Media” and the question of “Authority
    Paper presented at the Asia Media Summit 2005, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    May 9 – 11, 2005
  • Art, as Means of Multilateral Dialogue  in the Process of Peace

Lecture addressed to representatives on various nations at The United Nations Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland on the occasion of the inaugural ceremony of two exhibitions of mine entitled ART & IDENTITY at the United Nations.

April 4, 2005

 

  • Islamic Art of Calligraphy and its Contemporary Trends

       Department of Islamic Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland,

             April 6, 2005

 

  • Persian Marriage Contracts: Their Historic,  Social, Cultural and Artistic Aspects

       Department of Islamic Studies, University of Bern, Switzerland

March 30, 2005

 

  • Nourooz: Its Historical Roots and Symbolic Rituals

Lecture on the occasion of Iranian New Year Festival, organized by the Iranian Embassy in Bern at the Grand Ball Room of the City Hotel, Bern, Switzerland

       March 21, 2005

  • Islamic Architecture and its Symbolic Significance

Lecture and slide presentation at Badan Warisan, 2 Jalan Stonor, KL, Malaysia, organized by “Malaysian Culture Group

March 4, 2005

 

  • Spirituality and Symbolism: An Overview of the Paintings by Amir H. Zekrgoo, (English)

“International Conference on the Arts: Symbolism and Spirituality”

Organized jointly by UITM, UM and National Art Gallery, Faculty of Art and Design, August 27-29, 2004

 

  • Postgraduate Studies in Art: An Interdisciplinary Approach (English)
    “International Conference on Postgraduate Education 2004”

Organized jointly by the Ministry of Education and five Malaysian Universities, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, May 26-27, 2004

 

  • The Correlation between Writing Styles (Calligraphy) and Speech Styles (Dialects/Accents) in the Islamic Cultures: An Overview of the Islamic Calligraphic Styles along the Silk Roads (English)

International Colloquium entitled “Word of God – Art of Man: The Qur’an and its Creative Expressions”, Organized by the Institute of Ismaili Studies, The Ismaili Centre, London, 18-21 October 2003

 

  • Collection Management of Islamic Heritage in Accordance with the Worldview and Shari’ah of Islam (English)
     “ICCROM Forum on Living Religious Heritage: Conserving The Sacred”,

Organized by the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property, Rome, October 20-22, 2003

 

 

 

  • Religious Symbolism in the Safavid Art (English)

Paper presented in a panel entitled: “Competing Intellectual and Cultural Currents in Safavid Iran” at “MESA” (Middle East Studies Association North America), Washington DC. November 23-26, 2002

 

  • Sacred Art and the Silk Roads’ Traditions, A Search for Common Grounds (English)
    “UNESCO International Symposium on the Silk Roads 2000”, Xi’an, China
    November 18- 21, 2002

 

  • Marriage Contracts, Mirrors Reflecting Persian Art, Culture and Literature
    “1st National Congress of Iranian Studies”, Tehran, June 17-20, 2002

 

  • Mosque of Wazir Khan: A Persian Gem in the Old City of Lahore (Persian)

Second International Conference: “Mosque Architecture”, Kashan, Iran, 2000

 

 

  • Muharram Rituals in the Indian Subcontinent (Persian)

International Seminar of Muharram and the Folklore, Yazd, Iran, 2000

 

 

  • Mother Goddess: The Primordial Woman Manifested in the Religious and Mythological Arts (Persian)
    UNESCO International Conference: ‘The Role of Women in the Formation of Non-Tangible Cultural Heritage’, Tehran, Iran, October 1999

 

  • Qubbat-al Islam Mosque, The Sprout of the Indo-Islamic Architecture (Persian)

The First International Conference of “Mosque Architecture”, Isfahan, Iran
October 1998

 

  • The Evolution of Buddhist Iconography along the Silk Roads(Persian)

UNESCO International Seminar on “Archaeology of the Silk Roads”, Tehran, Iran, Autumn 1997

 

  • Styles of Islamic Calligraphy and their Relation to the Regional Dialects (Persian)

International Seminar ‘Calligraphic Art in the Islamic World’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran, Summer 1996

 

  • Man, Nature and Art: An Irano-Islamic Perspective (English)

International Conference: “Prakriti, Man and Nature, an Integral Vision”, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Delhi, India, 1992

 

  • Hindu Mythology: Gods of the Vedic Age (Persian)

Conference Series: “Indo-Iranian Cultural Relation”, the Iranian Cultural Centre, New Delhi, India   1992

 

  • The Day of Judgment from the Hindu View Point (Persian)

Conference Series: “Indo-Iranian Cultural Relation”, Iranian Cultural Centre, New Delhi, India, 1992

 

  • Saints of India: The Cheshtis, II(Persian)

Conference Series: “Indo-Iranian Cultural Relation”, Iranian Cultural Centre, New Delhi, 1991

 

  • Saints of India: The Cheshtis, I(Persian)

Conference Series: “Indo-Iranian Cultural Relation”,Iranian Cultural Centre, New Delhi, 1991           

 

 

 

FORTHCOMING BOOKS

 

Mystical Aspects of Islamic Art & Literature

A compilation of over 40 research papers by international scholars

Under review for publication

 

Symbolism in Oriental Arts (Volume 6): Geometric and Cosmic Symbols in Buddhist and Hindu Arts

Early phase of compilation: aimed at publishing it with MATN, Official Publisher of the Iranian Academy of Art, Tehran 

 

 

Translation & commentary (into Persian)  of Hinduism, by Arvind Sharma.

Under review for publication by the Iran Research Institute of Philosophy (IRIP)

 

 

Translation & commentary (into Persian) of Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization Symbolism in Oriental, by Heinrich Zimmer, edited by Joseph Campbell

Last phase of translation; aimed at publishing it with MATN, Official Publisher of the Iranian Academy of Art, Tehran 

 

 

UNPUBLISHED WORKS

 

India, Art and Culture (Translated to Persian)

Iranian Cultural Centre, New Delhi, 1992

 

Teaching Adolescent Art (Translated to Persian)

Commissioned by: Center for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, Tehran, for research purposes, 1985

 

Teaching Art in the Elementary School (Translated to Persian)

Commissioned by: Center for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, Tehran, for research purposes, 1985

 

Islamic Patterns (Translated to Persian)

Commissioned by: Center for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, Tehran, for research purposes, 1984

 

Art Fundamentals, Theory & Practice (Translated to Persian)

Commissioned by: Center for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, Tehran, for research purposes, 1984

 

  

THESES SUPERVISION

 

MA:

TOPIC: A Comparative Study of Status of Women in Ancient Zoroastrian & Hindu Traditions, in Ancient Iran and India

Student: Elnaz Mohamedi Shobeiri (Tehran University)

Status: Successfully defended, 2017

 

MA:

TOPIC: The Art of Making Beads of Faith with Reference To Buddhism,

Christianity and Islam: Historic Evolution and Suggestive Significance.

Student: Clara Elizabeth Tan

Status: Successfully defended, 2016

 

PhD:

TOPIC: Mughal Miniature Painting: An Analytical Study of the Translated-Illustrated Manuscripts of the Rāmāyana

 Student: Ramin Hajian Fard

Status: Successfully defended, 2016

 

MA:

TOPIC: Aiding Learning of Juvenile Delinquents Through the Use of Drama: A Study of a Female Youth Rehabilitation Centre in Singapore

Student: Haseena Abdul Majid

Status: Successfully defended, 2016

 

MA:

TOPIC: Imam Jazuli’s Dala’il al-Khayrat wa Shwariq al-Anwar: An Analytical and Comparative Study of Six Manuscripts Preserved in the Collection of the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

Student: Nurul Iman Binti Susli

Status: Successfully defended, 2015

 

PhD:

TOPIC: The Ingredients, Stages And Experience of Love: A Parallel Exposition of
Jalaluddin M. Rumi and Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

Student: Leila HajiMehdi Tajer

Status: Successfully defended, 2014

 

MA:

TOPIC: Form, Function & Meaning of Windows: An Analytical Study of Islamic Monuments of Isfahan (17th To 19th Centuries)

Student: Tayebeh Goodarzi

Status: Successfully defended, 2014

 

MA:

TOPIC: Artistic Analysis of Qajar Marriage Contracts

Student: Leila Alhagh

Status: Successfully defended, 2013

 

MA:

TOPIC: Malaysian Eclectic Social Identity And Its Reflection On Art & Architecture: Case Study, Masjid Wilayah

Student: Soudeh Alamshenas-Hamedani

Status: Successfully defended, 2013

 

MA:

TOPIC: Sino-Arabic Calligraphy: Forms, Functions and Aesthetic Values

Student: Han Rui

Status: Successfully defended, 2017

 

MA:

TOPIC: Island of Hormuz, Study of Its Economy during 14-16 Century

Student: Taregh Mahyaei Dargahani

Status: Successfully defended, 2017

 

PhD:

TOPIC: Conservation, Restoration and Display Techniques of Malay Songket Textile in Malaysia

Student: Mina Janpour

Status: Successfully defended, 2018

 

 

ART EXHIBITIONS

  

Czech Republic

 

Solo Exhibition                                                                                                        1991

Sponsored by Czech Ministry of Culture and Iranian Embassy, Prague

 

 

INDIA                                                                                                                     

 

Solo Exhibition                                                                                                        1993

I.C.C.R Gallery, New Delhi  

 

Seventh International Triennial of India                                                              1992

Rabindra Bhawan Gallery, New Delhi

 

 

All India Fine Arts Exhibition                                                                               1990

AIFACS Gallery, New Delhi

 

All India Exhibition of Water Color                                                                     1990   

All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, AIFACS Gallery, New Delhi

 

Solo Exhibition                                                                                                        1989

All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, AIFACS Gallery, New Delhi

 

International Graphic Art Exhibition                                                                  1989

Hosted by the All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society, Lucknow

 

International Graphic Art Exhibition                                                                  1988

Hosted by the All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society, Chandigarh

 

Group Show                                                                                                            1986

Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi

 

  

IRAN

 

Solo Photography Exhibition                                                                                                 2008 Photographic exhibition consisting of 31 images on the theme “Water” taken
 on the course of 7 years in 7 countries was organized by Marlik Art Gallery
 in Yazd, December 7- 26, 2008

 

 

Exhibition of Shahnameh Illustration:                                                                   2008
Exhibition of the Images of the illustrated pages of a ISTAC’s  Shahnameh

On the occasion of the International Conference on Shahnameh Illustration, organized by the Iranian Academy of Art, at the Aseman Cultural Centre, Tehran, an exhibition was held. In this exhibition, examples of contemporary masterpieces of Shahnameh illustration were exhibited. I presented a paper in the aforesaid conference introducing the artistic aspects of an illustrated manuscript of Shahnameh that is preserved in the Library of the International Institute of Islamic Thought & Civilization (ISTAC) and at the same time, with the help & support of the Iranian Academy of Art, organized an exhibition of photographs of the 29 illustrations pages of the manuscript.

Tehran, May 14-16, 2008

 

 

Solo Photography Exhibition                                                                                                   2007 Photographic exhibition consisting of 45 images on the theme “Water” taken
 on the course of 7 years in 7 countries was organized by Isfahan Museum of
Art, Isfahan, October-November 2007

 

 

“The First Element                                                                                           2005-2006

A Photographic exhibition consisting of 45 images on the theme “Water”

This exhibition was organized on the occasion of

“International conference on Nature in the Oriental Arts”

December 2005 – January 2006, Saba Gallery, Tehran

 

 

Solo Exhibition: “Memories from India”                                                                 1988

Haft Samar Gallery, Tehran

 

 

Group Show, Art Professors of the University of Art                                         1998

Honar Gallery, Tehran

 

 

Solo Exhibition: “Faces and Places Along the Silk Roads”                                   1997

On the occasion of the International Seminar on the

“Archaeology of the Silk Roads”

Organized by UNESCO at the IRIB International Center, Tehran

 

Group Show                                                                                                                 1985

Museum of Contemporary Arts, Tehran

 

Group Show                                                                                                                   1983

Museum of Contemporary Arts, Tehran

  

MALAYSIA

 

PERSIAN MOTIF

Exhibiting and Co-curating an art exhibition by eight Iranian artists

Sutra Gallery,

18 December 2015 to 8 January 2016                                                                   2015-2016

 

Group Show with the theme “Migration”                                                                 2014

Cube Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

30 October to 13 November 2014

 

Langkawi Art Biennale 2014                                                                                       2014

Langkawi, Malaysia

12-21 October 2014

 

Art-Malaysia Art Tourism Fair                                                                                  2014

Viva House, Kuala Lumpur,, Malaysia

14-17 August 2014

 

Art Expo Malaysia 2013                                                                                               2013

Matrade Exhibition & Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur

19-22, September 2013

 

Art Expo Malaysia 2012                                                                                               2012

Royal Patron DYTM TuankuSyed Faizuddin Putra Ibn TuankuSyed Sirajuddin Jamalullial, and DYTM Tuanku Hajja Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil the Crown Prince and Crown princess of Perlis, Malaysia

Matrade Exhibition & Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur

27-30 September 2012

 

The Malaysia Iran Art Exhibition 2012” (MARIYA 2012)                                      2012

Participation in a group art exhibition by artists from Malaysia and Iran

Also gave opening speech at the inaugural ceremony entitled Art: Being or Doing
“The National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage (Aswara Akademi Seni Budhaya & Warisan Kebangsaan), No 24, Jalan Tun Ismail, 50480, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, April 4, 2012  

 

 

Art Expo Malaysia 2011                                                                                            2011

Officiated by DYTM TuankuSyed Faizuddin Putra Ibn TuankuSyed Sirajuddin Jamalullial, the Crown Prince of Perlis, Malaysia

Matrade Exhibition & Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur

28 October – 1 November 2011

 

Ramadan Holy Qur’an: Islamic Art and Calligraphy Exhibition                          2011

Organized jointly by The Cultural Centre of the Embassy if IR Iran, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), Azad Islamic University, Malaysia-Iran Association,
 Sirat Foundation,

 Venue: Exhibition Hall No.2, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) Malaysia

13-23 August 2011,

 

Contemporary Islamic Calligraphy Art: Masters from Iran                                  2011

Organized jointly by Shamseh Art Centre (Iran), Art & Identity (Malaysia)
 Venue: NN Gallery, 53A & 56 Jalan Sulaiman 1, Taman Ampang Hilir,
 Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

30 July – 22nd August 2011

 

Iranian Contemporary Art (Group Exhibition)                                                           2011

 The exhibition comprised over 60 pieces of art works (Painting,
photography, pottery, etc) by some 20 Iranian artist resident in Malaysia

Organized by Cube Gallery: International Creative Art Centre
At 63-B, Jalan Mamanda 9, Taman Dato Ahmad Razali, Ampang Point
68000 Ampang, Selangor, Malaysia

22 January – 4 February 2011

 

 

Mysticism of Water (Solo Exhibition)                                                                              2010
The exhibition comprised 37 pieces of my art works (photography)
Held in Conjunction with the 2nd International Symposium on
Mystical Aspects of Islamic Art and Literature, organized by  
the International Institute of Islamic Thought & Civilization (ISTAC)
 of the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)
from 20th to 23rd July 2010. Officiated by the Dean of ISTAC

Date: 19th-29th July 2010

 

 

Al-Asma Al-Husna: A Solo exhibition of Calligraphy-paintings                                    2009
(Solo Exhibition)
The exhibition with 16 pieces of my art works (calligraphy-painting)
in mixed media was held in the International Institute of Islamic
Thought & Civilization (ISTAC) of the International Islamic University
 Malaysia (IIUM)
November 23 – December 6, 2009

 

Al-Asma Al-Husna: A Solo exhibition of Calligraphy-paintings                                2009
(Solo Exhibition)
The exhibition with 18 pieces of my art works (calligraphy-painting)
in mixed media was held in the International Institute of Advanced
Islamic Studies
November 23 – December 6, 2009

 

Al-Asma Al-Husna: A Solo exhibition of Calligraphy-paintings                                 2009
(Solo Exhibition)  
The exhibition with 20 pieces of my art works (calligraphy-painting)
in mixed media was held in Masjid Omar in Bukit Damansar,
 KL on the Occasion of Nuzul Al-Qur’an
May 13, 2009

 

 

Al-Asma al-Husna:                                                                                                      2008

Solo Exhibition of Calligraphy-paintings                                                         

In this exhibition 23 of my artworks (calligraphy-painting) on the theme
‘Attributes of Perfection’ (Al-Asma Al-Husna) executed in different calligraphic styles namely Kufic, Naskh, Thulth, Nasta’liq were displayed.

The exhibition was officiated by His Majesty Al-Wathiqu Billah Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah Shah, The Yang di-Pertuan Agong XIII of Malaysia at the Residence of the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Country Heights.

23 February-18 March 2008

 

In the Shade of Islam:                                                                                                  2007
Exhibition on Calligraphy and Iranian Contemporary Art

The exhibition displayed around a hundred museum quality artifacts including
Calligraphy, Miniature Painting, Pottery, Carpet, Tile work, etc.

 I participated with 15 artworks of calligraphy-painting on the theme ‘Attributes of Perfection’ (Al-Asma Al-Husna) executed in different calligraphic styles namely
Kufic, Naskh, Thulth, Nasta’liq
Museum Darul Ridzuan, Ipoh, Perak

April 12 -22 2007

 

 

Calligraphy: Art of Devotion                                                                                       2006

Works by four Iranian Master Calligraphers: Ali Shirazi, Sedaghat Jabbari,
 Mohammad Heidari and Amir H. Zekrgoo

In this exhibition a total of 78 artworks were displayed, 25 of which belonged to me.
Organized jointly by Shah Alam Gallery and Art & Identity
Galari Shah Alam, Yayasan Seni Selangor, Laman Budaya, Persiaran Tasik,
Tasik Barat, 4000 Shah Alam, Darul Ehsan Selangor, Malaysia
September 18 – November 9, 2006

 

Dance of the Divine Words:
An Exhibition of Calligraphic Paintings by three Iranian Masters:                            2005
Sedaghat Jabbari, Ali Shirazi & Amir H. Zekrgoo
In this exhibition a total of  42 artworks were displayed, 22 of which belonged to me.
Organized jointly by NN Gallery and Art & Identity
NN Gallery, Darul Ehsan Selangor, Malaysia
October 2 – November 20, 2005

Paintings on Water: A photographic journey                                                            2005
(Solo Exhibition)
An exhibition of 28 photographs that display a unique visual experience that
 take spectator to an illusional realm of reality: they resemble paintings in oil, watercolor, pastel, and other painting mediums and techniques, therefore taking photography to a different level of artistic expression.
Sutra Gallery, KL, Malaysia
July 7- 31, 2005

 

“Iranian Islamic Art: The Contemporary Masters”                                                  2004

Curator of the exhibition and the keynote speaker at the opening ceremony

The exhibition showcased about fifty pieces of contemporary Islamic Calligraphy
 by 8 Iranian masters. Organized by Shamseh Cultural Center at the premises of
the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

 

Water: The First Element

International Photography Exhibition 0n the occasion of the 10th Session                  2003
of The Islamic Summit Conference (11 October – 30 November 2003) 

Contributed both as an artist and as the author of the catalogue

Balai Seni Lukis Negara (National Art Gallery), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

 

SINGAPORE

 

Contemporary Islamic Calligraphy: Tradition and Innovation                                        2011                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Organized by the Asian Civilization Museum (ACM) Singapore (Shaw Foyer), 18 February - 29 May 2011. It features 27 pieces of contemporary Islamic artworks (3 of which were created by me) from the ACM’s collection and a few ceramic pieces from the Singapore Art Museum. The artworks explore themes of tradition, experimentation, identity and scripture in Islamic Calligraphy.

 

Switzerland

                                                                                                            

“Names of the Nameless”, Iranian Art: A different Perspective                                  2005 (Solo Exhibition)
An exhibition of 35 “calligraphic painting” with the glorious names of Allah,
executed in mixed media, hosted by the United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
April 4- 22, 2005

  “Names of the Nameless”, Iranian Art: different Perspective                                      2005                                                                                           

(Solo Exhibition)
The above exhibition also traveled to Bern organized by the Iranian Embassy
Bern, Switzerland
March 29 – April 2, 2005

 

“Water, the Sense of the Essence”                                                                                 2005                                                                             

(Solo Exhibition)
An exhibition of some 40 photographs on the moods of water,

Hosted by the United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
April 4- 22, 2005

  

“Water, the Sense of the Essence”                                                                               2005                                                                            
(Solo Exhibition)
The above exhibition also traveled to Bern organized by the Iranian Embassy
Bern, hosted by Campus Stalden, Muristrasse 8, 3006, Bern, Switzerland
March 29 – April 2, 2005

 

United Kingdom

 

“25 Centuries of Persian Architecture in Watercolour Paintings”                 2016

Group Exhibition, 29 November – 4 December 2016

POSK Gallery, 236-246 King St. London W6 ORF

 

USA

 A Breeze from the Gardens of Persia”:                                                       2001 – 2003

A traveling exhibition of Iranian contemporary art in America                                                                     

Contributed to the project both as an artist and as the curator of the exhibition

 Meridian International Centre, Washington DC    

  

 “Persian Traditional & Contemporary Art”                                                       1998

Curator of the exhibition

Organized in conjunction with the U.N. General Assembly, New York

  

Two Person Show at Johnson Center Gallery                                                       1998

George Mason University, Washington DC

 

Two Person Show at Casa Hiliana Gallery                                                             1998

Columbia University, New York

  

Solo Exhibition, at the Art Gallery, School of Fine Arts                            1979

University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

  

Group Show, at the Art Gallery, School of Fine Arts                                            1978

University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

  

Group Show, at the Art Gallery, School of Fine Arts                                            1977

University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

 

ART PROJECTS:

 

Names of the Nameless                                                                                  2001- Present   

This is a huge art project that started in 2001. It is aimed at producing the 99 names of Allah in the form of “calligraphic painting” in mixed media adopting a variety of styles of Islamic calligraphy.

 

 The Sense of the Essence                                                                                2000- Present   

A colossal photographic project consisting of pictures on different themes related to water. It is a result if over eight years of photographing water in seven countries. Portions of the works were exhibited at the National art Gallery (Malaysia), Sutra house gallery (Malaysia), and at the United Nations Head Quarter in Geneva, and galleries in Bern, Tehran, Isfahan and Yazd.

 

 

The Sense of the Essence                                                                                                            1993                                                                                                                            

Designed and supervised the execution of the interior of the entire building complex of the Iranian Embassy, at New Delhi. The project involved items made of stone, brick, wood, tile and metal. The interior of the dome was executed in glazed tiles. A colossal mural, made of embossed copper (over 800 square feet large), was designed and executed by me at the main entrance area under the dome                                                                                                                                                                                  

 

 

بیوگرافی
امیر حسین ذکرگو (متولّد 1336، تهران) متخصّص در حوزۀ ادیان شرقی (بودیزم، هندوئیزم و اسلام)، هنرمند، مورّخ هنر، و هند شناس است. از جمله مجموعه آثار علمی- هنری وی میتوان به دوازده جلد کتاب و بیش از صد مقاله به زبانهای انگلیسی، فارسی و اردو در نشریات بین المللی و داخلی اشاره نمود. نمونهای از کتب منتشره در زیر آمده:

فلسفه هنر مسیحی و شرقی
مبانی سنتی هنر و زندگی
مقدمهای بر هنر هند
سیر هنر در تاریخ (دو جلد)
هنر مقدّس ازدواج: عقدنامه های ازدواج دوران قاجار
اسرار اساطیر هند: خدایان ودایی
نمادشناسی هنر شرق، جلد یکم: فیل در شمایل نگاری بودایی و هندویی
نمادشناسی هنر شرق، جلد دوّم: مار در شمایل نگاری بودایی و هندویی
    
وی در چند رشته هنری (نقّاشی، خوشنویسی و عکّاسی) در سطح بین المللی شناخته شده است.  آثار وی در ایالات متحدۀ امریکا، چین، چکسلواکی، هند، ایران، مالزی، سنگاپور ، پاکستان، سوئیس و امارات متحدۀ عربی، از سال 1977 تاکنون به معرض نمایش گذاشته شده است.
پرفسور ذکرگو عضو فرهنگستان هنر ایران، فرهنگستان علوم ایران و همچنین عضو هیأت مؤسسان انجمن نسخ خطی اسلامی (کمبریج) و عضو افتخاری انجمن هنرهای زیبا و صنایع دستی هند است.
 در سال 1995 یونسکو به وی بورس تحقیقاتی هیرایاما (UNESCO Hirayama Fellowship for Silk Road Studies) برای پژوهش در مورد «سیر تحول خطوط اسلامی در امتداد جادّۀ ابریشم» اعطا کرد. در جریان این تحقیق، ایشان به کشورهای واقع بر مسیر راه ابریشم، همچون ایران، پاکستان، هند، نپال، چین و ژاپن سفر نمود.
در سال 1997 ایشان از سوی یونسکو به عضویت نخستین گروه مطالعات بودایی در آمد.
 از سال 1982 میلادی به این سو، ایشان به تدریس هنر (طراح، نقاشی)، مبانی هنر، تاریخ و فلسفۀ هنر شرقی و اسلامی، و مطالعات تطبیقی در حوزۀ ادیان و هنر مقدّس مشغول بوده اند.

در حال حاضر ایشان به عنوان استاد هنر اسلامی و شرقی در انستیتوی بین المللی اندیشه و تمدن اسلامی وابسته به دانشگاه بین المللی اسلامی مالزی مشغول به کار است. 



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