The Necklace of the Pleiades
IBSN: 9789087280918
Pages: 382
Format: Paperback
Published: November 2010
Language: English
Price: €34.95

The Necklace of the Pleiades

24 Essays on Persian Literature, Culture and Religion

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.


Franklin Lewis is an Associate Professor of Persian Language and Literature at the University of Chicago. Sunil Sharma is Associate Professor of Persianate and Comparative Literature at Boston University.



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