The Persian Presence in the Islamic World (Levi Della Vida Symposia)

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In this volume, distinguished scholars reassess the Persian contribution to the Islamic world. The major essay by Ehsan Yarshater casts fresh light on that role, challenging the view that Islamic culture declined after the ninth century. In fact, he maintains, the adoption of Persian as the medium of literary expression meant that by the sixteenth century, Persian literary and intellectual paradigms had been cultivated in the greater part of the Islamic world. The ensuing essays are devoted to specific aspects of that contribution.

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In the thirteenth Giorgio Levi Della Vida conference volume, six distinguished scholars reassess the Persian contribution to the Islamic world. The major essay by Ehsan Yarshater casts fresh light on that role challenging the view that Islamic culture declined after the ninth century. In fact, he maintains, the adoption of Persian as the medium of literary expression meant that by the sixteenth century, Persian literary and intellectual paradigms had been cultivated in the greater part of the Islamic world.The following essays are devoted to specific aspects of that contribution.

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"...this volume establishes that Iran and its culture have had a deep, pervasive, and abiding influence on Islam, and through it reached such disparate regions as eastern Europe and India." Middle East Quarterly

"...this work features a prominent chapter by award recipient Ehsan Yarshater on Persian influences in the development of Islamic civilization." Middle East Journal

"What makes this volume unique is the consistently high level of outstanding scholarship throughout. It is a fitting tribute to Professor Yarshater." MESA Bulletin

"It is a masterly essay, deftly skirting the quicksands of excessive panegyric while touching significantly on every point of the Persian presence, recognized or mooted, and frequently pointing in a controversial or unexpected direction...Its specialist contributors...have given us a wealth of information, argument, and speculation; I learned a great deal, and can recommend this collection to fill several gaps in the eclectic Irano-Islamicist's library." Journal of the American Oriental Society, John R. Perry, University of Chicago

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