A Lecture UCLA on Thursday, April 21, 2011, at 3:00 PM
10367 Bunche Hall
The history of Near East and Central Asia during the Sasanian Empire (224-651 CE) has until recently received little attention. Those who have studied this period in history have come from different disciplines and most were not specialists of Sasanian history. How is it that this period is neglected in Near Eastern Studies? This talk will address the various approaches and views on this period of Iranian history, from the Soviet historians, to the historians of Islam to late Roman historians. The consequence of this type of approach on the development of the study of late antique Near East, specifically the Sasanian Empire will be discussed and critiqued.