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Poetry of Nizami Ganjavi Knowledge, Love, and Rhetoric

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The work of Nizami Ganjavi, a classical poet of the twelfth century, is fueling new cultural debate in Iran in recent years. The dominant discourse encourages the reading of the texts in light of biographical or theological conventions and religious motives. These essays explore Nizami’s influential role and his portrayal of issues related to love, women, and science, stressing his preoccupation with the art of speech as a major impetus behind ...

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Overview

The work of Nizami Ganjavi, a classical poet of the twelfth century, is fueling new cultural debate in Iran in recent years. The dominant discourse encourages the reading of the texts in light of biographical or theological conventions and religious motives. These essays explore Nizami’s influential role and his portrayal of issues related to love, women, and science, stressing his preoccupation with the art of speech as a major impetus behind his literary activity.

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These essays grew from a symposium at Princeton U. in 1998 held to honor the memory of K. Allin Luther. The epic 12th-century works of Nizami were composed during a period of cultural florescence, and celebrate themes of love, music, and the princely life. Themes of science, history, and the nature of language are also apparent: all are topics of the present group of papers, which contribute to our knowledge of the rich Seljuk civilization through pertinent analysis of its greatest poet. The editors are professors of Near Eastern studies, Talatoff at the U. of Arizona, Clinton at Princeton. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312228101
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/6/2001
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Kamran Talattof is Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona.

Jerome W. Clinton is Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• The Historian and the Poet: Ravandi, Nizami, and the Rhetoric of History—Julie Scott Meisami
• Layli Grows Up: Nizami’s Layla and Majnun “in the Turkish Manner”—Walter Andrews & Mahmet Kalpakli
• A Comparison of Nazami’s Layli and Majnun with Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet —Jerome W. Clinton
• Characterization of Women in the Works of Nizami, Firdawsi, and Jami—Kamran Talattof
• Majnun’s Image as Serpent—Asghar Abu Gohrab
• Occult Sciences in the Iskandarnameh of Nizami—J. Christoph Burgel
• Nizami’s Poetry vs. Scientific Knowledge: The Case of the Pomegranate—Christine van Ruymbeke
• Sources of the Musical Sciences in Nizami’s Work—Firoozeh Khazrai
• The Story of the Ascension (Me’Raj) in Nizami’s Work—C.-H. De Fouchercour
• Appendix
• On Rhythms and Time in Rumi’s “Cry of the Reed-Flute”—Gernot Windfuhr
• International Recognition of Nizami’s Work: A Multilingual Bibliography—Kamran Talattof

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