The Necklace of the Pleiades

Twenty-Four Essays on Persian Literature, Culture and Religion

Edited by Franklin Lewis and Sunil Sharma

The Necklace of the Pleiades
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Edited by Franklin Lewis and Sunil Sharma

Distributed for Leiden University Press

390 pages | 6 3/10 x 9 1/2
Paper $68.95 ISBN: 9789087280918 Published February 2011 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Persian literature has profoundly influenced the literatures of Ottoman Turkey, Muslim India, and Turkic Central Asia, and was a source of inspiration for such prominent intellectuals as Goethe, Emerson, and Jorge Luis Borges, among others. This comprehensive study reflects the stature and significance of Persian literature, with contributions from prominent scholars who bring a fresh critical approach to this important topic. The essays illuminate subjects ranging from the Alexander romance, to Sufism and Baha’i literature, to the reception of Salman Rushdie’s novels in Persian. A snapshot of the current state of Persian literary studies, this volume will be of substantial interest not only to scholars of Iranian culture, history, and religions, but of Middle Eastern and South Asian studies as well.

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