128 pages | 10 B/W Illus.
Introducing Judeo-Persian writings, this original collection gives parallel samples in Judeo-Persian and Perso-Arabic script and translations in English. Judeo-Persian writings not only reflect the twenty-seven centuries of Jewish life in Iran, but they are also a testament to their intellectual, cultural and socio-economic conditions.
Such writings, found in the forms of verse or prose are flavored with Judaic, Iranian and Islamic elements. The significant value of Judeo-Persian writing is found in the areas of linguistics, history, socio- cultural and literary issues. The rhetorical forms and literary genres of epic, didactic, lyric and satirical poetry can be a valuable addition to the rich Iranian literary tradition and poetical arts. Also, as a Judaic literary contribution, the work is a representation of the literary activity of Middle Eastern Jews not so well recognized in Judaic global literature.
This book is a comprehensive introduction to the rich literary tradition of works written in Judeo-Persian, and also serves as a guide to transliterate many other significant Judeo-Persian works that have not yet been transliterated into Perso-Arabic script. The collection is a value to students and researchers interested in history, sociology, Iranian and Jewish studies.
Part I Formation and History of Judeo-Persian
1. An Overview of Iranian Jewish Intellectual History
2. Thematic Contents of Judeo-Persian Literature: Literary Genres in Judeo-Persian Poetry
3. Thematic Contents of Judeo-Persian Prose
Part II Samples of Judeo-Persian Writings
1. Biblical Epic Poetry
2. Historical Poetry
3. Lyric Poetry
4. Vernacular Poetry
5. Mystic Poetry
6. Didactic Poetry
7. Panegyric Poetry
8. Satirical Poetry
9. Different Vocabularies and Ethnicities
10. Literary Terms
11. Epic Concepts and Legendary Heroes
12. Zoroastrian Concepts
13. Rhetorical Arts
14. Rhythmic Embellished Prose
Since 1967 the International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS) has been a leading learned society for the advancement of new approaches in the study of Iranian society, history, culture, and literature. The new ISIS Iranian Studies series published by Routledge will provide a venue for the publication of original and innovative scholarly works in all areas of Iranian and Persianate Studies.