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Undergraduate Course: Of Wine, Love and Loss: Reading Iran through Classical Persian Literature (IMES10076)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaIslamic and Middle Eastern Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe Main objective of this course is to study some of the key works of Persian authors from the ninth to the fifteenth century and relate their careers, style and substance of their literary contributions to trends and events in classical and contemporary Iranian society.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Learning and Teaching Activities
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Assessment Methods
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Students will evaluate primary and secondary materials relating to the study of Persian literature. Thereby the course aims also to develop students' analytical skills and to improve their interactive capacities and their ability to do secondary-source research and to present oral and written work clearly and effectively. Students also develop an understanding of the social and historical developments within Iran.
Assessment Information
- 1x 1500 word short assignment: 15%
- 1x2500-word essay: 30%
- 2-hour exam: 45%
- Presentation and participation: 10%
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Arberry, A. Classical Persian Literature. London, 1958.
Arberry, A. Persian Poems: An Anthology of Verse Translations. London, 1954 (and reprints).
Boyle, A. et al. (eds.). The Cambridge History of Iran Volume 5. The Saljuq and Mongol Periods. 1968.
Browne, E.G., A Literary History of Persia, Cambridge, 1924. 1-4
Browne, E. G. The Press and Poetry of Modern Persia. Cambridge 1914.
Chittick, W. C. The Sufi Path of Love: The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi. Albany, 1983.
Daftary, F. A Short History of the Ismailis: Traditions of a Muslim Community. Edinburgh, 1998.
Dashti, Ali. In Search of Omar Khayyam. trans. L.P. Elwell-Sutton. London, 1971.
Davis Richard. Borrowed Ware: Medieval Persian Epigrams. London, 1996.
De Bruijn J. T. P. Persian Sufi Poetry: Introduction to the Mystical Use of Classical Persian Poems. Richmond, 1997
Encyclopaedia Iranica
Encyclopaedia of Islam, 2nd ed.
Hunsberger, Alice C. Nasir Khusraw, the Ruby of Badakhshan: A Portrait of the Persian Poet, Traveller and
Philosopher. London, 2000.
Meskoub, Sh. Iranian Nationality and Persian Language, trans. Michael Hillmann. Washington, 1992.
Morgan, D. O. Medieval Persia 1040-1797. London, 1988.
Morrison, G. History of Persian Literature from the Beginning of the Islamic Period to the Present Day. Leiden, 1981.
Rypka, J. History of Iranian Literature. Dordrecht, 1968.
Schimmel, A. The Triumphal Sun: A Study of the Works of Jalal ud-Din Rumi. London, 1978.
Schimmel, A. A Two-Coloured Brocade: The Imagery of Persian Poetry. N. Carolina, 1992.
Seyyed Ghorab, A. A. Layli and Majnun: Love, Madness and Mystic Longing in Nezami┐s Epic Romance. Leiden,
Talattof, K. and Clinton, J. (eds.) The Poetry of Nizami Ganjavi: Knowledge, Love, and Rhetoric. New York, 2000.
Yarshater, E. (ed.) Persian Literature. New York, 1987.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Nacim Pak-Shiraz
Tel: (0131 6)50 8432
Course secretaryMr Paulo Nunes De Moura
Tel: (0131 6)50 4182
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