Songs of Nowruz and Spring in Persian Poetry

Songs of Nowruz and Spring in Persian Poetry

A Lecture in Persian by Prof. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak (Maryland University)

March 10, 2018 - 4pm - UCLA 121 Dodd Hall

The celebration known as Nowruz not only marks the start of the Iranian New Year at the vernal equinox, but it has also been widely celebrated over several millennia across a vast expanse from Anatolia, the Iranian plateau, to West and Central Asia. As a theme too, Nowruz and the spring have been a staple of Persian poetry in pre- Islamic and Islamic Iran up to modern times. The theme of Nowruz has been ceremoniously recited at royal courts, as well as in cities and villages across the Iranian world, and has provided a gauge by which the ebbs and flows of Iranian history and culture may be measured through the ages. The lecture shall explore the theme of Nowruz and various stylistic approaches to it.

karimi hakkakAhmad Karimi-Hakkak is a Professor of Persian Language, Literature and Culture at the University of Maryland and now a Visiting Professor at the UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. He is the author, translator, and editor of twenty- three books and over one hundred academic articles, and has contributed to various leading encyclopedias, such as Britannica and Iranica. His works have been translated into many languages and the Persian translation of one of his most important books, titled Recasting Persian Poetry (Persian title: Talieh-ye Tajaddod dar Sher-e Farsi) is the standard textbook for Ph.D. programs in Persian literature in Iranian and Indian universities.


This event is made possible with the major support of the Amuzegar Chair in Iranian Studies and the Musa Sabi Term Chair of Iranian Studies in collaboration with the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies.


Lecture in Persian

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Event Details

Event Starts 03/10/2018 – 4:00 pm
Event Ends 03/10/2018 – 6:00 pm
Individual Price Free
UCLA - Dodd Hall
390 Portola Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
UCLA - Dodd Hall
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