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Rewriting a best-seller

When Nov 09, 2016
Where The Mosaic Rooms, London
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Contact Phone 01223 335130
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Dr Christine van Ruymbeke, Ali Reza and Mohamed Soudavar Senior Lecturer in Persian Studies at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, will give a talk on the Kalila wa-Dimna rewriting phenomenon in pre-modern Persian. 

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Scholars have identified no less than six Persian versions of the fables of Kalila wa Dimna, produced for different courts through the medieval period, while poets such as Ferdowsi, Rumi and Nezami make references to the fables in their own works. This talk will examine this singular rewriting phenomenon and attempt to highlight the reasons for the remarkable success of this text in the Persian cultural area.

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