The Necklace of the Pleiades : 24 Essays on Persian Literature, Culture and Religion. (eBook, 2011) [WorldCat.org]
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The Necklace of the Pleiades : 24 Essays on Persian Literature, Culture and Religion.

Author: Franklin Lewis; Sunil Sharma
Publisher: Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press 2011.
Series: Amsterdam University Press - Iranian Studies from Leiden University Press Ser.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Franklin Lewis; Sunil Sharma
ISBN: 9789087280918 9087280912
OCLC Number: 773256407
Target Audience: Scholarly & Professional
Description: 1 online resource.
Series Title: Amsterdam University Press - Iranian Studies from Leiden University Press Ser.

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The Necklace of the Pleiades is a volume on Persian literature, culture and religion by Persian scholars from around the world. This book reflects the state of the field of Persian literary studies and 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. The topics of the 24 essays range from the Persian Alexander romance, to Ferdowsi's Shahnama and other epics, the poetics and imagery of the ghazal and the qasida, Mughal court poetry, Sufism, Ismaili history, Baha'i literature, Iranian linguistics, the modern writer Sadeq Hedayat, and the reception of Salman Rushdie's novel in Persian translation. In Persian literature the Necklace of the Pleiades is a metaphor for the six or seven stars (Parvin, or Sorayyâ, high up in the constellation Taurus) which the heavens bestow, like precious pearls, upon a poet in gratitude and reward for composing a beautiful poem. The poem itself is compared to a string of pearls, with its carefully chosen words bored like unique pearls and strung in perfect metrical proportion. As Hafiz puts it: You've sung a ghazal, pierced the pearls, come and sing it sweetly, Hafiz! The heavens strew the very Necklace of the Pleiades upon your verse. This title can be previewed in Google Books - http://books.google.com/books?vid=ISBN9789087280918.

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