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The Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland was founded by the eminent Sanskrit scholar, Henry Thomas Colebrooke, on the 15th March 1823. It received its Royal Charter from King George IV on the 11th August 1824 ‘for the investigation of subjects connected with and for the encouragement of science, literature and the arts in relation to Asia’.

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The Society’s Reading Room has now re-opened on an appointment basis and we continue to run an active hybrid events programme. Face masks are mandatory in our Reading Room due to government guidance. Staff are contactable and should you have any enquiries, can be reached by email:

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Edward Weech

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Nancy Charley

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Camilla Larsen

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Matty Bradley

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Dr Farouk Yahya: Talismans with the names of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus/Ashab al-Kahf in Southeast Asia

17 January 2022
6.30pm Thursday 27th January – Dr Farouk Yahya: Talismans with the names of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus/Ashab al-Kahf in Southeast Asia

Dr Kate Franklin: Living the Silk Road Everyday in Medieval Armenia

7 January 2022
6.30pm Thursday13th January – Dr Kate Franklin: Living the Silk Road Everyday in Medieval Armenia.

Happy Holidays!

16 December 2021
Happy Holidays! – Thank you for your support throughout 2021.

Book Launch: Leena Dhingra

8 December 2021
6.30pm Monday 13th December – The hybrid book launch of Leena Dhingra's Exhumation: The Life and Death of Madan Lal Dhingra.

Book Launch: Dr Bora Keskiner

8 December 2021
6.30pm Friday 10th December – The book launch of Dr Bora Keskiner's Yāqūt al-Musta'simī and the Practise of Naql in Islamic Calligraphy

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