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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 Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe 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.

The course IMES10005, Classical Persian Literature, is a version of this course studying the texts in the original Persian.
The course IMES11077, Of Wine, Love and Loss: Reading Iran through Classical Persian Literature (PG Version), is a version of this course studying the texts in English translation for Postgraduate students.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Before enrolling students on this course, you are asked to contact the IMES Secretary to ensure that a place is available (e-mail
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 courses in a suitable subject area at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Gain an overview of the history and development of classical Persian literature.
  2. Develop an understanding of the social and historical developments within Iran.
  3. Engage critically with classical Persian literature and conduct independant research related to the topics and themes of this module.
  4. Develop analytical skills to undertake secondary-source research and present oral and written work clearly and effectively.
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.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsIMES CPL trans
Course organiserProf Nacim Pak-Shiraz
Tel: (0131 6)50 8432
Course secretaryMrs Anne Budo
Tel: (0131 6)50 4161
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