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Portraits of Iran

Portraits of Iran is aims to promote greater understanding of Iran by exploring its culture. Throughout the series we will be examining the history of Iran and its neighbours, Persian cultural traditions and some of the issues in contemporary Iranian society. Every episode has a different theme - the show covers everything from Persian cuisine, to the Safavid Empire and developments amongst the women's movements in today's Iran.

In this episode Arthur Savile explores Persian Cuisine and what are its defining characteristics, in what ways has it influenced the cuisine of nearby regions and where to a get good Chelo Kabab in London. Arthur interviews Sally Butcher, author of Persia in Peckham, about her experiences of Persian cooking and the philosophy behind it.

In this episode Arthur Savile examines the legacy of Shah 'Abbas and the Safavid dynasty, and its role in shaping Iran as a nation.
He also interviews Sheila Canby, Curator of the Islamic Collections of the British Museum, about the Shah 'Abbas exhibition currently taking place there.

Arthur Savile discusses the themes that will be covered in this series, and his passion for Iran.