SAALG is very pleased to announce that its next conference will take place on Friday 8th February at the British Library in London. The day will focus on The Mughals and will include talks on Mughal music, art and the Mughal imperial library. There will also be a fantastic opportunity to view the current British Library exhibition Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire with highlights presented by the curatorial team.

A folio from the Royal Asiatic Society's manuscript Persian 239 which bears the sealsof several Mughal Emperor's and is displayed in the current British Library exhibition

A folio from the Royal Asiatic Society’s manuscript Persian 239 which bears the seals
of several Mughal Emperor’s and is displayed in the current British Library exhibition

The full program for the day is:

10.15 – 10.45 Arrival, networking and refreshments
10.45 – 11.00 Welcome by Dr Malina Roy (Curator of Visual Arts, British Library)
11.00 – 11.40 The ‘Spurious’ Jahangirnamah: A Preliminary Study. Dr Saqib Baburi (Teaching Fellow, Department of the Study of Religions, SOAS)
11.40 – 12.20 The Mughal Imperial Library. Ursula Sims-Williams (Curator of Iranian Collections, British Library and Honorary Librarian, Ancient India and Iran Trust)
12.20 – 13.00 SAALG Business Meeting
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 14.40 ‘Cultivation and connoisseurship: the social history of musical manuscripts in Mughal India’ Dr. Katherine Schofield (Lecturer, Music Department, Kings College London)
14.40 – 15.20 ‘Image and essence in the Akbarnama’ Emily Hannam (MPhil Student, Khalili Research Centre, University of Oxford)
15.20 – 16.00 Guided tour of highlights of the British Library Exhibition ‘Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire’
16.00 – 17.00 Additional time to view the exhibition

The conference fee including the visit to the exhibition is £15 payable on the day. Although lunch is not included the British Library has a number of food and drink establishments on site and so there will still be an opportunity to network with colleagues during the break.

If you would like to attend please email Helen Porter, SAALG Chair at for a booking form or more information, by Friday 1st February.