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Sven Hedin: The Swede Who “Discovered” Persia

In 1885, a 20-year-old student named Sven Hedin set off from Baku with the goal of seeing Persia. He had arrived from Stockholm seven months earlier to serve as a tutor for the young son of the Nobel brothers’ chief engineer who was working in oil fields known as “the Black City.” Since childhood, Hedin had dreamt […]

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Dance Interrupted: Longing for Iranian Roots

Dance is the most ephemeral of the arts. It resides not in books, on canvas, or even in musical scores, but in the human body itself.  Like a piece of heritage, it must be passed on from one generation to the next. And if this fragile lineage is broken, the dance is in jeopardy of being […]

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