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For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

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Behind the headlines
Iranian election 2013: questions of cultural identity

Friday 7 June,

Tickets £5
Members/Concessions £3

Phone +44 (0)20 7323 8181
Ticket Desk in Great Court

Recommend this event

A week before the Iranian Presidential election, this event focuses on the significance and power of Iran’s cultural heritage and how heritage reflects a nation’s identities in a variety of ways.

In Iran, this became apparent during the ‘Green revolution’ protests following the 2009 election. Four years on, this panel discussion, chaired by Professor Ali Ansari, University of St Andrews, will consider the country’s unique cultural traditions, contemporary artistic concerns in Iran, and wider events in the Middle East since 2009.

This event is part of Behind the headlines, a series of occasional events at the British Museum exploring the cultural context behind news stories from across the world, looking closely at objects from the Museum’s collection.

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