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History of Persian Literature

Persian literature is the jewel in the crown of Persian culture. It has profoundly influenced the literatures of Ottoman Turkey, Muslim India and Turkic Central Asia. It has been a source of inspiration for Goethe, Emerson, Matthew Arnold and Jorge Luis Borges among others and praised by William Jones,Tagore, E. M. Forster and many more. Yet whereas Persian art and architecture, and more recently Iranian cinema, have been written about extensively and at different levels for a varied audience, Persian literature has largely remained the exclusive domain of specialists. And although in the past few years the poems of Rumi have attracted the kind of popular attention enjoyed by Omar Khayyam’s quatrains in the 19th century, Persian literature has never received the attention it truly deserves. A History of Persian Literature answers this need and offers a new, comprehensive and detailed history of its subject. This 18-volume, authoritative survey reflects the stature and significance of Persian literature as the single most important accomplishment of the Iranian nation. Prominent scholars in the field bring a fresh critical approach to bear on this important topic and each volume includes representative samples of this literature.

General Index: A History of Persian Literature, Vol XVI
General Introduction to Persian Literature
Modern Fiction and Drama
Oral Literature of Iranian Languages: Kurdish, Pashto, Balochi, Ossetic; Persian and Tajik: Companion Volume II: A History of Persian Literature: v. 2: Companion
Persian Historiography: A History of Persian Literature
Persian Poetry in the Classical Era, 800-1500: Volume 3: Epics, Narratives and Satirical Poems
The Literature of Pre-Islamic Iran - Companion Volume I: v. 1: Companion

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