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American author to speak on unity of religions in Tehran

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

The author of "Attar and the Persian Sufi Tradition", American Leonard Lewisohn, has been invited to give a lecture entitled "The Exalted Unity of Religions in Persian Literature" in Tehran on August 10.

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A senior lecturer in Persian and Sufi literature at British Exeter University, Dr. Lewisohn will deliver his lecture at 5:00 pm at the Institute of Wisdom and Philosophy of Iran.

Lewisohn was one of the winners of the 15th edition of the Islamic Republic of Iran's International Book of the Year Awards for his book "Attar and the Persian Sufi Tradition".

Leonard Lewisohn is an Iran Heritage Foundation fellow and has been a lecturer in classical Persian and Sufi literature at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies of the University of Exeter in England since 2004.

Born in 1953, Lewisohn traveled to Iran in his 20's as an English teacher, but his interest in Persian literature led him to study at the University of Shiraz. He later traveled to London to continue his studies in Persian literature at the School of Oriental & African Studies. He obtained his Ph.D. in Persian literature in 1988.

"The Angels Knocking on the Tavern Door, Thirty Poems of Hafez (2008, coauthored with Robert Bly), "The Heritage of Sufism" (1999) and "Beyond Faith and Infidelity" are some of his published books.

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