Please join us at 6.30pm on Thursday January 27th for a hybrid lecture by Dr Farouk Yahya entitled Talismans with the names of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus/Ashab al-Kahf in Southeast Asia.

When you register, please specify whether you plan to attend at the Society ‘in person’ or ‘online only’.

You can register by emailing Matty Bradley at mb[at]

Free and open to all at Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD.


Farouk Yahya is Research Associate in the Department of History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts, SOAS University of London. His research interests include the Southeast Asian arts of the book, as well as texts and images relating to magic and divination in Southeast Asia. He is the author of Magic and Divination in Malay Illustrated Manuscripts (2016), editor of The Arts of Southeast Asia from the SOAS Collections (2017), and co-editor of Islamicate Occult Sciences in Theory and Practice (2021).

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