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  • Courtly Riddlesby A.A. Seyed-Gohrab

    Leiden University Press 2010; US$ 29.95

    This book is the first study of Persian literary riddles to appear in English, analysing a wide range of complex riddling poems systematically from the tenth to the twelfth century. In addition to the genre of riddles, the book examines the relationship between metaphors and riddles and the genre of literary description. Riddles belong to the oldest... more...

  • Father of Persian Verseby Sassan Tabatabai

    Leiden University Press 2010; US$ 29.95

    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... more...

  • Patronage and Poetry in the Islamic Worldby Jocelyn Sharlet

    I.B.Tauris 2011; US$ 32.00

    Panegyric poetry, in both Arabic and Persian, was one of the most important genres of literature in the medieval Middle East and Central Asia. Jocelyn Sharlet argues that panegyric poetry is important not only because it provides a commentary on society and culture in the medieval Middle East, but also because panegyric writing was one of the key means... more...

  • Burying the Belovedby Amy Motlagh

    Stanford University Press 2011; US$ 55.00

    Burying the Beloved traces the relationship between the law and literature in Iran to reveal the profound ambiguities at the heart of Iranian ideas of modernity regarding women's rights and social status. The book reveals how novels mediate legal reforms and examines how authors have used realism to challenge and re-imagine notions of "the real."... more...

  • Metaphor and Imagery in Persian Poetryby Ali Asghar Seyed-Gohrab

    BRILL 2011; US$ 151.00

    This volume contains ten chapters on Persian metaphors, tropes, rhetorical figures, and poetic forms and genres, by some of the world's foremost scholars in the field of classical Persian poetry. more...

  • In Search of Omar Khayyam (RLE Iran B)by Ali Dashti

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 130.00

    Khayyam has been the subject of speculation on the part of literary critics ever since Edward Fitzgerald published his own version of the Rubaiyat in 1859. This edition represented the first opportunity to study in English the work of Khayyam by a Persian scholar. more...

  • Ibn Yamin (RLE Iran B)by E. H. Rodwell

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 90.00

    This volume gives a brief outline of the life of Ibn Yamin (who died in 1367), based on the biography of Rashid-i-Yásimi and the background of his writing at a time when the Sultans of Khurásán at a time when they were constantly at war with one another. This version of the Qita?s was collated from the 1890 Bhopál edition with that of the Calcutta... more...

  • The Epic of the Kings (RLE Iran B)by Ferdowsi

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 170.00

    ?Among the many national poets of historical Persia, Ferdowsi is perhaps the greatest...In this superb translation of the epic, the Western reader would not fail to discern clear equivalents of chapters in Genesis, The Odyssey, Paradise Lost or the Canterbury Tales.? Islamic Review The Shah-nama is the national epic poem of Persia. Written in the... more...

  • The Persian Language (RLE Iran B)by Reuben Levy

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 110.00

    This book describes the structure of modern Persia, showing the methods by which it conveys meaning in sentences and connected passages and illustrating its special characteristics. As an introduction there is a brief account of Persia, its inhabitants, their occupations and beliefs; some attempt is made also to show how the language has been modified... more...

  • Javid-Nama (RLE Iran B)by Muhammad Iqbal

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 110.00

    The Javid-nama, commonly acknowledged as his greatest work, develops this theme within the frame-work of the ?Ascension? story. In imitation of the Prophet of Islam, the poet soars through the spheres, encountering on his heavenly journey many great figures of history with whom he converses. The resemblance to Dante?s Divine Comedy is obvious. more...