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Questions tagged [persian-literature]

Use this tag for questions about any works of literature that were originally created in the Persian language. Please use with the appropriate author and work tags as well.

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Is there a full copy of the original manuscript of “Mantiq al-Tayr” (Conference of the Birds) by Attar of Nishapur?

I have came across notes about the "Conference of the Birds", and I have seen images of the cover of the manuscript, as well as random pages from it (as can be seen from the Wikipedia entry. As this ...
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Why did Avicenna write his medical textbook in verse?

Avicenna (980-1037) was a Persian writer and scientist who is regarded as one of the founders of modern medicine. I found it interesting to discover that his textbook on medicine was written in the ...
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Symbolism in “The Jewel of the Secret Treasury”?

The poem "The Jewel of the Secret Treasury" by the famous Persian poet Hafez reads very much like a love poem, but I'm failing to pick up on the precise details of the metaphor: The jewel of the ...
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What does “rushy bed” mean in this context?

The poem 'The Song of the Reed' by Rumi includes the lines: Hearken to this Reed forlorn, Breathing, even since 'twas torn From its rushy bed, a strain Of impassioned love and pain. (From ...
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What is original Persian poem of Rumi for the following English version?

Does anyone know the Persian text for the below poem of Rumi ? The garden of the world has no limits, except in your mind. https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/472665-the-garden-of-the-world-has-no-...
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Which original Persian poem of Rumi does this refer to?

Does anyone know which is the Persian text for the below poem by Rumi ? I choose to love you in silence… For in silence I find no rejection, I choose to love you in loneliness… For in ...
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Meaning of Rumi's quote “Lo, for I to myself am unknown, now in God's name what must I do?”

I really like this quote but didn't get its correct meaning. My deduction is - One is asking God that what should he do when he didn't know himself at first. What is the meaning of Rumi's quote "Lo, ...
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Why was My Uncle Napoleon banned in Iran?

The satirical novel My Uncle Napoleon by Iraj Pezeshkzad was briefly banned in Iran in the 1970s. Presumably this was because some aspects of its portrayal of Iranian society were considered ...
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Was FitzGerald the first to collect the poems of the Rubaiyat together?

According to Wikipedia: Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyám is the title that Edward FitzGerald gave to his translation of a selection of poems, originally written in Persian and numbering about a thousand, ...
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What's the “Tower of Darkness” in the Rubaiyat referring to?

Stanza 26: (from the English version by FitzGerald) A Muezzin from the Tower of Darkness cries "Fools! Your reward is neither Here nor There!" What's the "Tower of Darkness" referred to? I'm ...
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Did the author base this element on the Rubaiyat?

In a non-fiction history book, Millennium: A History of the Last Thousand Years, a (temporarily) recurring element is "The Tower of Darkness". Chapter 3 is even titled that, and it's fairly clearly ...