Iranian Languages and Culture

Essays in Honor of Gernot Ludwig Windfuhr

Series: Festschrift
Availability: In stock
Published: 2012
Page #: xii + 238
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1568592848, 1-56859-284-1


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For more than four decades, Professor Gernot Ludwig Windfuhr has been a pillar of Iranian Studies in the United States. His extensive publications in several fields and the number of scholars he has trained alone attest to his highly-regarded status and contributions to Iranian Studies. Upon his retirement in 2009 from the College of Literature, Science, and Arts, he was named Professor Emeritus of Iranian Studies by the Regents of the University of Michigan.

This volume is a collection of writings celebrating Professor Gernot Windfuhr's many years of teaching and scholarship in the field of Iranian Studies. The articles in this book by scholars in various fields, including those by his former students, are indicative of the diversity, breadth, and depth of Professor Winfuhr's research and publication. The essays range from studies of ancient to modern languages, literature, linguistics, and religion as well as translation and language pedagogy.


M. R. Ghanoonparvar

M. R. Ghanoonparvar is Professor Emeritus of Persian and Comparative Literature at The University of Texas at Austin. Professor Ghanoonparvar has also taught at the University of Isfahan, the University of Virginia, and the University of Arizona, and was a Rockefeller Fellow at the University of Michigan. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Teachers of Persian (2021) as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to presenting Persian culinary arts to the non-Iranian public from Encyclopædia Iranica (2009). He has published widely on Persian literature and culture in both English and Persian and is the author of: Prophets of Doom: Literature as a Socio-Political Phenomenon in Modern Iran (1984),In a Persian Mirror: Images of the West and Westerners in Iranian Fiction(1993), Translating the Garden (2001), Reading Chubak (2005), Persian Cuisine: Traditional, Regional and Modern Foods (2006), Iranian Film and Persian Fiction (2016), Dining at the Safavid Court (2016), and From Prophets of Doom to Chroniclers of Gloom (2021). His translations include Jalal Al-e Ahmad’s By the Pen, Sadeq Chubak’s The Patient Stone, Simin Daneshvar’s Savushun, Ahmad Kasravi’s On Islam and Shi’ism, Sadeq Hedayat’s The Myth of Creation, Nima Yushij’s The Neighbor Says: Letters of Nima Yushij and the Philosophy of Modern Persian Poetry, Davud Ghaffarzadegan’s Fortune Told in Blood, Mohammad Reza Bayrami’s TheTales of Sabalan and Eagles of Hill 60, and Bahram Beyza’i’s Memoirsof the Actor in a Supporting Role. His edited volumes include Iranian Drama: An Anthology, In Transition: Essays on Culture and Identity in Middle Eastern Societies, Gholamhoseyn Sa’edi’s Othello in Wonderland and Mirror-Polishing Storytellers, and Moniro Ravanipour’s Satan Stones and Kanizu. His most recent translations include Shahrokh Meskub’s In the Alley of the Friend and Leaving, Staying, Returning, Hushang Golshiri’s Book of Jinn, Moniro Ravanipour’s The Drowned and These Crazy Nights, Hamid Shokat’s Flight into Darkness: A Political Biography of Shapour Bakhtiar and Caught in the Crossfire: A Political Biography of Qavamossaltaneh, Ghazaleh Alizadeh’s The Nights of Tehran, Ruhangiz Sharifian’s The Last Dream and Doran, and Shahrnush Parsipur’s Blue Logos. He was the recipient of the 2008 Lois Roth Prize for Literary Translation. His forthcoming books are Swan Songs: On Diseases, Death and Dying in Persian Stories and Life Is a Fiction: A Memoir of Life and Literature. His forthcoming translations include Ghazaleh Alizadeh’s The House of the Edrisis and Two Views, Hossein Atashparvar’s From the Moon to the Well, and Reza Julai’s Jujube Blossoms.


Behrad Aghaei

Behrad Aghaei holds a doctorate degree in Theoretical Linguistics from The University of Texas at Austin. At present, he is a lecturer of Persian language in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In addition to teaching Persian language from elementary to advanced levels, he is conducting research on Persian syntax and morphology. His recent publication includes a co-authored paper, "Criteria for the Selection of Persian Text," with Professor Gernot Windfuhr. He is also the co-author of “Persian Listening” with R. Saraf, M.C. Hillmann and A. A. Pejman Aryan, published by Dunwoody Press in 2008.

Publisher's Note.

Editors' Foreword.

An Irate Goddess (CTH 710).
Gary Beckman

Zoroastrians as a Socioreligious Minority in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Jamsheed K. Choksy

Herodotus on Drinking Wine in the Achaemenid World: Greek and Persian Perceptions.
Touraj Daryaee

The Contributions of Nasir-i Khusrau and
Nasi al-Din Tusi to Shi'ite Theology.
Iraj Bashiri

Commerce and Migration in Arabia before Islam: A Brief History of a Long Literary Tradition.
Michael Bonner

The Aesthetics of Lone Moments in the Poetry of Forugh Farrokhzad.
by Mohammad Mehdi Khorrami

Translating Taghi Modarressi’s Writing with an Accent.
Nasrin Rahimieh

Iranian Films as Cultural Texts for Persian Language Instruction.
M. R. Ghanoonparvar

Intersection Zones, Overlapping Isoglosses, and “Fade-out/Fade-in” Phenomena in Central Iran.
Donald L. Stilo

Case Attraction in Persian Relative Clauses.
Behrad Aghaei

Iranian Languages in Linguistic Areas of Central Asia.
Leila R. Dodykhudoeva
and Vladimir Ivanov

Non-canonical Subjects in Balochi.
Carina Jahani, Behrooz Barjasteh Delforooz, and Maryam Nourzaei

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