This program will be available for sale to the general public starting on December 7, 2022.Want to purchase your tickets before then? Become a donor today, or if you are already a donor, log in to purchase your tickets. UNESCO World Heritage Sites Samarra and the Abbasid Caliphate Evening Course Wednesday, February 15, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET Add to calendar iCalendar Gmail Yahoo Mail Outlook Outlook.com Code: 1J0242A Select your Tickets $25 Member $30 Non-Member Save when you purchase this program as a part of one of these series! 5 Program Series: UNESCO World Heritages Sites Find Series tickets Resize text Samarra Archaeological City, Iraq (Photo: Mahmoud Bendakir) There are 1,154 UNESCO World Heritage sites throughout the world. Each of them offers a fascinating glimpse into the evolution of complex civilizations, empires, and religions. This series offers an in-depth overview of five of the most intriguing UNESCO World Heritage sites from around the world, from Iraq to Brazil. Each lavishly illustrated program goes far beyond the typical tourist experience by incorporating the insights of the latest scholarship and research. Justin M. Jacobs, a professor of history at American University, is the author of several books, including The Compensations of Plunder: How China Lost Its Treasures. He recently completed a 24-episode series on UNESCO World Heritage Sites for the Great Courses and is currently conducting research on the voyages of Captain Cook in the Pacific. Session Information Samarra and the Abbasid Caliphate Once the thriving capital of the Abbasid Caliphate, Samarra in the 9th century A.D. served as the center of an Islamic empire that stretched from northern Africa to Central Asia. Its striking spiral minaret serves as an enduring reminder of the Great Mosque that once enclosed this sacred ground along the banks of the Tigris River. Jacobs focuses on Samarra’s rare preservation of Islamic art, architecture, and city plans from the heyday of the Abbasid Caliphate. Additional Sessions February 22: Angkor Wat March 1: Philippine Rice Terraces of Ifugao March 8: Sacred Sites of Tibet March 15: Brasilia, the Utopian Capital of Brazil Patron Information If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. Unless otherwise noted, registration for online programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our online programs presented on Zoom. This online program is presented on Zoom.