This work, a collection of seven essays, centers on classical Persian poetics, primarily the epic art of Ferdowsi's Shâhnâma. It combines traditional literary approaches with new comparative methods, especially those developed by Albert B. Lord in his...
This unusual work is comprised of dialogues between Emperor Nur al-Din Jahangir, ruler of the Mughal Empire of India from 1605-1627, and "Mutribi" al-Asamm Samarqandi, an elderly visitor from Samarqand, the fabled Central Asian city which had been the capital...
In 1965 Prof. Girdhari Tikku arranged for a meeting of some of the best poets of the time and led them into a conversation about their work. A Conversation with Modern Persian Poets presents the transcription and translation of two afternoons of taped...
As his students attest, every session in Professor Peter J. Chelkowski's classes is a memorable event. This has consistently been the case throughout his long, distinguished career. He is often described by his students as a superb teacher who has mastery...
Passed down by word of mouth through the magic of live performance art for a millennium and a half till its first scholarly transcriptions in the late 19th century, the Armenian epic “Daredevils of Sasun” presents a rich legacy of accumulated folk wisdom and...
Ferdowsi's monumental tenth-century epic, the Shahnameh (The Epic of the Kings), is a compendium of Iranian myths, legends, and events of the ancient past. It is set within a framework of Persian traditional history from the creation to the collapse of the...
This volume is the first comprehensive study of the life, learning, and the entire corpus of Hedayat's fictional writngs. It surveys previous critical literature about Hedayat and examines his collections of short stories for theme, literary technique,...
Arabic loan words have played a fundamental role in the evolution of New Persian. Persian in turn has transmitted the bulk of these loan words-together with its own modifications and rules for their incorporation-throughout the Islamic cultural area, playing...
The Persian language has up to the present been described principally in its classical form. Persian as it occurs today in an abundant literature is not identical with the classical language. Colloquial language diverges from it appreciably more; it merits...