Study day 'Persian Literature and Culture'

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Students, Employees, Alumni
15-03-2018 from 10:00 to 16:00
KUL Arts Faculty Justius Lipsiuszaal Lett. 08.16, Blijde-Inkomstraat 21, 3000 Leuven
Giovanna Lelli
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History of literary modernity in Iran and discussion on aspects of modern and classical Persian literature from a comparative perspective

“Where is Khosrow, the royal Khosrow Anūshirvān? And where, before him, Shāpur…?”, asked the Arab poet ‘Adī Ibn Zayd (d. 600). Even the legendary magnificence of the Persian kings passed away!

This became a traditional theme of nostalgia and meditation on human destiny in Arab and Persian poetry for centuries. But did the treasures of Persia really disappear after the Arab conquest of Iran? In human history the past survives obstinately, it is the key to understanding the present and conceiving the future.

Through continuity, ruptures and changes modern Iran looks at the future with the vigor of a young nation, but also with the wisdom of an ancient one, the nation of the palaces of the Sasanian kings, the heroes of Ferdowsī, the verses of Sa‘dī, Ḥāfeẓ and Neẓāmī, the achievements of its philosophers, artists and scientists.

The purpose of this study day is to draw the attention of students and researchers on the importance of Persian culture.