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The Persian Presence in the Islamic World

The Persian Presence in the Islamic World

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Part of Levi Della Vida Symposia

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
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521591850

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  • The thirteenth volume based on the Giorgio Levi Della Vida conference reassesses the role of the Iranian peoples in the development and consolidation of Islamic civilization. In his key essay, Ehsan Yarshater casts fresh light on that role challenging the view that, after reaching a climax in Baghdad in the ninth century, Islamic culture entered a period of decline. In fact, he maintains, a new and remarkably creative phase began in Khurasan and Transoxania, symbolized by the adoption of Persian as a medium of literary expression. By the mid-sixteenth century, Persian literary and intellectual paradigms had spread from Anatolia to India, encompassing the greater part of the Islamic world. Yarshater also challenges traditional assumptions about the 'Islamization of Persia'. In the essays which follow, six distinguished scholars consider the historical, cultural, and religious aspects of the Persian presence in the Islamic world.

    • 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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    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
  • 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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