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Persian Poetry Day

Get lost in the lyrical sounds of Persian as part of a day celebrating Persian poetry. Focusing on the themes of love and devotion, there will be lectures from Prof. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak (SOAS) and Prof. Alan Williams (University of Manchester), and intervals of poetry reading by Narguess Farzad (SOAS).

Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak is Professor of Persian Language, Literature and Cultures at the University of Maryland and Founding Director of the University’s Roshan Center for Persian Studies. He is currently a Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the Department of Near and Middle East Studies at SOAS, London.

Alan Williams is Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Religion at the University of Manchester. He has recently translated the Masnavi-ye Ma’navi (‘Spiritual Couplets’) of the 13th century Sufi poet Jalaluddin Rumi.

Narguess Farzad is a Senior Fellow at SOAS and teaches Persian as a foreign language, translation studies, poetry of the Persian-speaking world, and Persian poetry of Sacred Defence.

Tickets £20, including lunch.

This event is organised by Iran Heritage Foundation. To book tickets call 02036512121 or email astrid@iranheritage.org.

Find out more about the Iran Heritage Foundation here.


May 16, 2015
10:30 - 16:00
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Asia House
63 New Cavendish St W1G 7LP United Kingdom
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