The Poetry of Nizami Ganjavi: Knowledge, Love, and Rhetoric

The 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 his literary activity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312228101
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 01/06/2001
Edition description: 2001
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

• 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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