You may find the following books interesting:
You are expected to learn the Arabic script before you start your course. Books we can recommend are:
You can also download a worksheet which covers what we expect students to know before they start the course.
You will need a copy of the course book which is:
A useful grammar book for the first year is:
S. Caton, Yemen Chronicle: An Anthropology of War and Meditation, Hill and Wang (2005).
• R. Yann, Shi’ite Islam: polity, ideology and creed, Oxford, 1995.
• S. Farman-Farmaian, Daughter of Persia: A Woman's Journey from Her Father's Harem Through the Islamic Revolution, 1993.
• A. Ansari, Modern Iran Since 1921, Harlow, 2003.
• The Ruba’iyat of Omar Khayyam, translated by P. Avery and J. Heath-Stubbs, Penguin Classics, London, 1979
• Rumi, Spiritual Verses, translated by A. Williams, Penguin Classics, London, 2006.
You are expected to learn the Persian script before you start your course. We recommend that you use:
• N. Farzad, Teach Yourself Modern Persian, London, 2004.
• S. Abrahams, Modern Persian. A Course Book. Abingdon, 2005.
You will need a copy of the course books which are:
• W.M. Thackston, An Introduction to Persian, repr. 1993.
• A.K.S. Lambton, Persian Grammar, Students’ Edition, Cambridge, 1963.
• A. Bausani, The Persians from the earliest days to the twentieth century, London (1971)
• E. G. Browne, A Year among the Persians, Cambridge (1927).
• R. Mottahedeh, The Mantle of the Prophet, London (1987).
• N. Keddie, Roots of Revolution, New Haven, Conn (1981).
• A. J. Arberry, Classical Persian Literature, London (1958).
• Farid ud-Din Attar, The Conference of the Birds, translated by D. Davis, Penguin Classics, London, 1984.
• Firdowsi, The Legend of Syavush, translated by D. Davis, Penguin classics, London, 1992.
• H. Kamshad, Modern Persian Prose, Cambridge (1966).
• S. Daneshvar, A Persian Requiem, translated by R. Zand, London (1991).