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Father of Persian Verse

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Book Series: Iranian Studies Series ISBN: 9789087280925 9789087282851 Year: Pages: 124 DOI: doi.org/10.24415/9789087280925 Language: English
Publisher: Leiden University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100449
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Abu ‘Abdollâh’ Jafar ibn Mohammad Rudaki (c. 880 CE-941 CE) was a poet to the Samanid court which ruled much of Khorâsân (northeastern Persia) from its seat in Bukhara. He is widely regarded as the father of Persian poetry, for he was the first major poet to write in New Persian language, following the Arab conquest in the seventh and eighth centuries, which established Islam as the official religion, and made Arabic the predominant literary language in Persian-speaking lands for some two centuries. This book presents Rudaki as the founder of a new poetic aesthetic, which was adopted by subsequent generations of Persian poets. Rudaki is credited with being the first to write in the rubâi form; and many of the images we first encounter in Rudaki’s lines have become staples of Persian poetry.

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Literature --- Persian poetry --- persia --- poetry

A Story of Conquest and Adventure

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Book Series: Iranian Studies Series ISBN: 9789087282721 9789400602779 978940060 278 6 Year: DOI: 10.24415/9789087282721 Language: English
Publisher: Leiden University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 103887
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The Large Farāmarznāme (Farāmarznāme-ye bozorg), a poem from the Persian epic cycle dated to the late eleventh century, is hereby published for the first time in an English translation, in prose. The story tells how Farāmarz, a son of the famous Shāhnāme hero Rostam, conquers several provinces of India, before setting off on an extensive voyage over sea and land, leading his troops through a number of hazardous situations in various fictional countries. As a true epic hero, he displays his prowess in battle and in single combat against men, demons and various ferocious animals, in addition to experiencing a number of marvelous and romantic adventures. This critical edition contributes to our understanding of post-Firdawsian Persian epic. The translation of this work into a Western language is therefore an invaluable source of reference for further scholarship.

A Fire of Lilies

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Book Series: Iranian Studies Series ISBN: 9789087283292 9789400603509 Year: DOI: 10.24415/9789087283292 Language: English
Publisher: Leiden University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 103894
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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This book examines the role of Persian literature in politics in the tumultuous period of Iranian history from 1950 to 2000, illustrating how intellectuals used poetry, plays, novels and short stories to comment on socio-political developments. The unique aspect of the book is its strong empirical perspective as it analyses how Persian intellectuals dealt with sensor, suppression, imprisonment, exile and even execution for the sake of expression of free speech. Karimi-Hakkak’s methodology is also unique as he applies theoretical perspectives of various disciplines to produce a multi-faceted work, which provide the reader with a concise socio-political history based on the interaction between literature and politics. ‘A Fire of Lilies’ will therefore make a significant contribution to the research on modern Persian literature as well as literary historiography.

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