First published in 1958, this work by one of Britain’s most celebrated Orientalist scholars, tells the story of the rebirth of national literature in Persia after the fall of the Sᾱsᾱnian empire in the seventh century. It traces the course of this literature’s development and full maturity from the ninth century to the end of the fifteenth century and looks at a number of important writers including the Saljῡq poets, Rῡmῑ, ῌᾱfiz and Jᾱmῑ.
This work will be of interest to those studying Persian and Middle-Eastern literature and history.
1. Introduction 2. From the Beginnings of Firdausῑ 3. The Ghaznavids and Early Saljῡqs 4. The middle Saljῡqs 5. Five Saljῡq Poets 6. Some Historians of the Thirteenth Century 7. Medieval Persian Fiction 8. Sa’dῑ of Shῑrᾱz 9. Rῡmῑ 10. Minor Thirteenth-Century Authors 11. The Mongol Aftermath 12. Some Fourteenth-Century Poets 13. ῌᾱfiz 14. Tῑmῡrid Historians 15. Fifteenth-Century Poets 16. Jᾱmῑ; Bibliography; Index