Best Ph.D. Dissertation on a Subject of Iranian Studies Recipient, Academic Year 2014-2015 It is a great pleasure and a honour for the HPRS Department to announce that Dr Daniel Beben‘s PhD dissertation, “The Legendary Biographies of Nâsir-i Khusraw: Memory and Textualization in Early Modern Persian Ismâ`îlism”, has won the 2015 dissertation prize of the Foundation for Iranian Studies. From the motivation of the awarding … Continue reading Dr Daniel Beben wins the Foundation for Iranian Studies 2015 Dissertation Award
The first two weeks of the Muslim calendar month of Dhu’l-Hijjah are devoted to the pilgrimage to Mecca, the Hajj. Pilgrims kept journals of their travels thus providing interesting details about everything from food and clothing to architecture. Hence, the pilgrimage to Mecca gave rise to a rich genre of travel writing. One of the most interesting accounts is the Safarnama (Travelogue) of the Persian philosopher-poet Nasir Khusraw … Continue reading The pilgrimage to Mecca gave rise to a rich genre of travel writing
By Leonard Lewisohn – University of Exete This essay attempts to decipher some of obscure religious, cosmological, theological, and psychological allusions found in Nasir-i Khusraw’s metaphysical poetry. A single qasida is translated, each line given exhaustive commentary and its key concepts–particularly Soul (nafs, jan), Intellect (‘aql), Substance (jawhar), and Form (surat)–placed in their proper philosophical and literary context. Some resemblances between this poet and other … Continue reading Intellect and Universal Soul in a Qasida by Nasir-i Khusraw
Daniel Beben (Indiana University Bloomington) – ‘Islamization on the Iranian Periphery: Nasir-i Khusraw and Ismailism in Badakhshan’. EVENT: Islamisation: Comparative perspectives from History – Panel 7 – Iran and Central Asia DATE: 20-21 March 2015 TIME: 2.00pm-2.50pm VENUE: University of St Andrews, St Andrews, UK via 2015: International Conference | The Islamisation of Anatolia project Daniel Beben won a Social Sciences Research Council International Dissertation … Continue reading Event: March 21 | University of St. Andrews, UK | Daniel Beben: Nasir-i Khusraw and Ismailism in Badakhshan
Persian literature is famous worldwide for its love poetry and epic traditions. This fifteen minute interview with Dr Alice Hunsberger sheds light on a different side of Persian poetry—the philosophical. Focusing on the finest poet of this genre in her book Pearls of Persia: The Philosophical Poetry of Nasir-i Khusraw, Dr Hunsberger explores the ideas and literary merits of this highly esteemed 11th century (CE) … Continue reading IIS Interviews Dr Alice Hunsberger Introducing the Publication: Pearls of Persia: The Philosophical Poetry of Nasir-i Khusraw
TEHRAN — Persian literature expert Mohammad-Ali Eslami Nodushan said that Iranian poet Nasser Khosro (1004-C1072) guaranteed Iranian identity and became eternal in the history of Persian literature.
“He was influenced by [Persian poet] Ferdowsi and was one of his enthusiasts. More than everything and everyone else, these two poets were similar in their attitudes toward Iranian identity,” he said during a meeting held by the Book City Institute in Tehran to commemorate Nasser Khosro.
Nāṣir-i Khusraw quotes or alludes to Qur’anic verses mentioning specific Divine Names and Attributes and reinterprets them as references to the Universal Intellect and Universal Soul as opposed to God. In this manner, Nāṣir effectively frames the Universal Intellect as “the knowing” (al-‘ālim), “the living” (al-hayy), “the powerful” (al-qādir), “the exalted” (al-‘alī), and “the eternal” (al-azalī) while describing the Universal Soul as “the creator” (al-khāliq), … Continue reading The Neoplatonic Qur’anic Exegesis of Nāṣir-i Khusraw – Khalil Andani’s Presentation at MESA 2014 Conference in Washington, DC
As part of the Ismaili Studies Conference taking place at the University of Chicago, Khalil Andani will be presenting his paper titled “From Divine Word to Prophetic Word: Revelation in the Thought of Nasir-i Khusraw.” This presentation will discuss how Nasir-i Khusraw, an 11th century Ismaili Muslim da’i, philosopher and poet understood the process in which the Word of God is inspired and revealed to … Continue reading Khalil Andani’s Presentation in Chicago: Revelation in the Thought of Nasir-i Khusraw
Naser-e Khosraw’s Pilgrimages to Mecca: From “One Thousand Roads to Mecca” Edited by Michael Wolfe
The first chapter from Michael Wolfe’s One Thousand Road to Mecca based on Nasir Khusraw travels was serialized in Simerg.
The translator of Nasir Khusraw’s Jami al-Hikmatayn; ‘Between Reason and Revelation’ said: “Political concerns was the major cause his translation has failed to be received well in the Europe. IBNA: Speaking with IBNA here in Tehran hours before receiving his World Book Award of the Islamic Republic of Iran for his grand English translation of Nasir Khusraw’s ‘Jami al-Hikmatayn’ which was published in 2012 under … Continue reading IIS Scholar Prof. Eric Ormsby receives World Book Award of the Islamic Republic of Iran
The passage of a millennium has not diminished Nasir Khusraw’s relevance nor dulled the lustre of his poetry. It continues to uplift and inspire, reminding us that we are the authors of our own destiny. As he has said, we can be like a poplar tree which chooses to remain barren, or we can let our path be lit by the candle of wisdom, for … Continue reading The Interactive Safar-nama of Nasir Khusraw at IIS
Documentary in English at the source. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=475152685898518 Continue reading Musical Instrument of Ismailis of Chitral: Gharba – A Plucked Lute
In the poems, Nasir Khusraw asks, if those who pledged their allegiance to Muhammad are assured a place in heaven, what is the justice for those who live at a later time, to whom should they stretch out their hand? He asks, have you not heard to whom Prophet entrusted his dominion of the sermon by the ditch? The one before whose courage the boldness … Continue reading To whom should they stretch out their hand? | Nooru’s Blog
At EAST seminar on October 24, 2013, Daniel Beben will discuss with us his research on the image of Nasir-i Khusraw and Ismailism in Soviet Orientalism. Nasir-i Khusraw was a prominent Persian poet, philosopher, and traveler of the eleventh century. Aside from his literary heritage, Nasir-i Khusraw also served as a missionary for the Ismaili sect of Shia Islam and his name is credited with … Continue reading From Neo-Platonism to Peasant Uprising: The Image of Nasir-i Khusraw and Ismailism in Soviet Orientalism | Eastblog
Nasir-i Khusraw in his Wajh-i Din: Discourse 23 writes that exoterically Eid-ul-Fitr is the day when the fast breakers are liberated from the fast and can obtain food and drink and attain physical strength. Similarly, the human soul also requires its own type of food – which is knowledge. And Eid-ul-Fitr, esoterically, refers to the Mawlana ‘Ali, because his esoteric interpretation (tawil) liberates the people from the lack of knowledge … Continue reading The Esoteric of Eid-ul-Fitr
On Thursday, March 14, Khalil Andani (Master’s Candidate, Harvard University) delivered a presentation on the concept of Knowledge (‘ilm) according to Sayyidnā Nāṣir-i Khusraw. This presentation took place during the 17th annual NMCGSA Graduate Symposium held at the University of Toronto. Khalil’s presentation explores the ideas of knowledge (‘ilm), intellect (‘aql), perception (andar yāftan; idrāk), recognition (ma‘rifah) and inspiration (ta’yīd) in the philosophy of Sayyidnā … Continue reading Video: The Concept of Knowledge (‘ilm) in Nasir-i Khusraw’s Philosophy, by Khalil Andani