For the past thousand years, Nasir Khusraw has ranked as a leading poet and intellectual in the Persian-speaking world. His verses appear in every major anthology of Persian poetry compiled since his death in 1077 CE, and, a century ago, were required material for an MA examination in
While recognised as an important poet, Nasir Khusraw also leaves a considerable oeuvre of prose philosophical works which bears witness to his abilities as an advocate and missionary for the Ismaili branch of Shi'ism. Six of these texts have been edited so far, a few of them translated into Western languages, and others remain in manuscript form. A number of articles, dissertations, and other studies have been published over the past century examining portions of this philosophical output.
However, no one has yet undertaken an in-depth look at the philosophical content of his poetry (the need for which has been voiced in almost every academic presentation of his poetry) or at the poetic techniques Nasir Khusraw employs to achieve his admitted success in conveying imagery and emotion. This conference aims to examine the philosophy and technique manifest in Nasir Khusraw's poetry.
Some conference papers will place Nasir Khusraw in historic context, revealing how he continues the classic heritage of earlier Persian and Arabic poetic forms and norms, and how later centuries reacted to his poems. Other papers will analyze key philosophical terms and concepts, such as intellect, knowledge, speech (Word), and soul ('aql, 'ilm, kalima, jan), and compare his consistency in using these terms in his prose philosophical texts. A number of papers will address the poetic tools, such as metaphor, rhyme, rhythm, and repetition, Nasir Khusraw employs to achieve his poetic power.
The international roster of scholars presenting papers at this conference will not only illuminate various aspects of Nasir Khusraw's poetics and philosophy, it will also show several academic traditions, including the Soviet, Iranian, Pakistani, European and American. Such an international assembly provides the valuable opportunity to learn from different approaches to the same subject. Discussions among these scholars, all specialists in Persian literature and Islamic thought, are expected to be quite engaging and rich.
Venue: Brunei Gallery Auditorium, SOAS,
Dates: 17-18 September 2005.
Organised by: The Iran Heritage Foundation and the
Convened by: Alice Hunsberger in collaboration with Doris Behrens Abouseif.
Conference committee: Mehdi Aminrazavi, Farhad Daftary, Farhad Hakimzadeh, Leonard Lewisohn.
Registration fee: 50 GBP on or before
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