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The Persian Presence in the Islamic World

The Persian Presence in the Islamic World

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Georges Sabagh, Amin Banani, Ehsan Yarshater, George Saliba, Annemarie Schimmel, Gerhard Bowering, Oleg Grabar, C. Edmund Bosworth, Garhard Doerfer
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  • Date Published: November 1998
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print November 2005
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521591850

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  • In this volume, distinguished scholars reassess the Persian contribution to the Islamic world. The major essay by Ehsan Yarshater casts fresh light on that role, challenging the view that Islamic culture declined after the ninth century. In fact, he maintains, the adoption of Persian as the medium of literary expression meant that by the sixteenth century, Persian literary and intellectual paradigms had been cultivated in the greater part of the Islamic world. The ensuing essays are devoted to specific aspects of that contribution.

    • First scholarly book devoted to the impact of Persian traditions on development of Islamic civilization
    • Six extremely distinguished scholars contribute
    • Appeal not only to students of Islam, but to historians, and students of religion and literature
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...this volume establishes that Iran and its culture have had a deep, pervasive, and abiding influence on Islam, and through it reached such disparate regions as eastern Europe and India." Middle East Quarterly

    "...this work features a prominent chapter by award recipient Ehsan Yarshater on Persian influences in the development of Islamic civilization." Middle East Journal

    "What makes this volume unique is the consistently high level of outstanding scholarship throughout. It is a fitting tribute to Professor Yarshater." MESA Bulletin

    "It is a masterly essay, deftly skirting the quicksands of excessive panegyric while touching significantly on every point of the Persian presence, recognized or mooted, and frequently pointing in a controversial or unexpected direction...Its specialist contributors...have given us a wealth of information, argument, and speculation; I learned a great deal, and can recommend this collection to fill several gaps in the eclectic Irano-Islamicist's library." Journal of the American Oriental Society, John R. Perry, University of Chicago

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1998
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521591850
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 223 x 144 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 2 colour illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print November 2005
  • Table of Contents

    Presentation of award Georges Sabagh
    Introduction Amin Banani
    1. The Persian presence in the Islamic world Ehsan Yarshater
    2. Persian scientists in the Islamic world: astronomy from Maragha to Samarqand George Saliba
    3. The West-Eastern Divan: the influence of Persian poetry in East and West Annemarie Schimmel
    4. Ideas of time in Persian mysticism Gerhard Bowering
    5. Persian miniatures: illustrations or paintings Oleg Grabar
    6. The Persian contribution to Islamic historiography in the pre-Mongol period C. Edmund Bosworth
    7. The influence of Persian language and literature among the Turks Garhard Doerfer.

  • Editors

    Richard G. Hovannisian, University of California, Los Angeles

    Georges Sabagh, University of California, Los Angeles


    Georges Sabagh, Amin Banani, Ehsan Yarshater, George Saliba, Annemarie Schimmel, Gerhard Bowering, Oleg Grabar, C. Edmund Bosworth, Garhard Doerfer

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