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Asghar Seyed Gohrab

Professor of Iranian and Persian Studies

Book reviews

  • (2020) Shams al-Dīn Muḥammad b Īl-Tughān Bardasīrī, The Lantern of Spirits (Miṣbāḥ al-arvāḥ), ed. B. Utas, Wiesbaden, Dr Ludwig Reichert Verlag, 2019, in Bibliotheca Orientalis, LXXVII, No. 1-2, pp. 399-401. 

  • (2020) Golbarg Rekabtalaei, Iranian Cosmopolitanism: A Cinematic History, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019, in The English Historical Review, Vol. 135, Issue 576, October 2020, pp. 1371–1373, https://doi.org/10.1093/ehr/ceaa238

  • (2020) Wood, B. (ed.), The Adventures of Shāh Esmāʿil. A Seventeenth-Century Persian Popular Romance, (Studies on Performing Arts & Literature of the Islamicate World, 8). Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden-Boston, 2019, in Bibliotheca Orientalis, LXXVII, No. 1-2, pp. 179-180.

  •  (2020) Mogtader, Y. & G. Schoeler, Turandot: Die persische Märchenerzählung, Edition, Űbersetzung, Kommentar, Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag, 2019, in Bibliotheca Orientalis, LXXVII, No. 1-2, pp. 177-78.

  • (2019) Abisaab, R.J., Converting Persia: Religion and Power in the Safavid Empire, London: I.B. Tauris, 2004, in Bibliotheca Orientalis, LXXVI, nummer 3/4, pp. 414-419.

  • (2019) Daftary, F. And G. Miskinzoda (Eds.) – The Study of Shiʿi Islam: History, Theology and Law. (The Institute of Ismaili Studies. Shiʿi Heritage Series, 2). I.B. Tauris, London & New York: 2014, in Bibliotheca Orientalis, Vol. LXXVI, No 1-2, pp. 213-219.

  • (2018) The Shi’i Imamate: A Fatimid Interpretation, an Arabic Edition and English Translation of the Tathbit al-Imama, attributed to the Fatimid Caliph-Imam al-Mansur, edited and translated by Sami Makarem. (Ismaili Texts and Translations Series, 20), London & New York: I.B. Tauris, 2013, in Bibliotheca Orientalis, Vol. LXXV, No 3-4, pp. 446-48.

  • (2018) Daftary, F. A History of Shi’i Islam, (The Institute of Ismaili Studies. Shi’i Heritage Series, 1). London / New York: I.B. Tauris, 2013, in Bibliotheca Orientalis, Vol. LXXV, No 3-4, pp. 437-446.

  • (2017) Ilker Evrim Binbas, Intellectual Networks in Timurid Iran: Sharaf al-Din 'Ali Yazdi and the Islamicate Republic of Letters, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016, 340 pp., in Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. LXX, No. 3, 2017, pp. 1043-1044.

  • (2016) Amir-Moezzi, M.A. The Spirituality of Shi‘i Islam: Beliefs and Practices, London & New York: I.B. Tauris, 2011, in Bibliotheca Orientalis, No. 5 & 6, pp. 822-24.

  • (2014) Katouzian, H., Sa’di: The Poet of Life, Love and Compassion, Oxford: Oneworld, Makers of the Muslim World Series, 2006,  ix + 158 pp., in Iranian Studies, Vol. 47, No. 3, pp. 479-501.

  • (2014) Korangy A.R., Development of the Ghazal and Khāqānī’s Contribution: A Study of the Development of Ghazal and a Literary Exegesis of a 12th c. Poetic Harbinger. With a Foreword by Wolfhart P. Heinrichs. 465 pp. Wiesbaden, Harrassowitz Verlag, 2013, in Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, series 3, pp. 1-3.

  • (2013) Papin-Matin, F., Beyond Death: The Mystical Teachings of ʿAyn al-Quḍāt al-Hamadhānī, Islamic History and Civilization Series, vol. 75, Leiden: Brill, 2010, pp. x + 242, in Journal of American Oriental Society, pp. 63-4.

  • (2010) Würsch, R., Nizamis Schatkamer der Geheimnisse. Eine Untersuchung zu Makhzan ul-asrar, Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag, 2005, x + 419 pp., in Bibliotheca Orientalis, No. LXVII 1/2, pp. 226-28.

  • (2010) Karamustafa, A.T., Sufism. The Formative Period, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2007, in Bibliotheca Orientalis, No. LXVII 1/2 pp. 237-40.

  • (2010) Shaykh Mushrifuddin Sa’di of Shiraz, The Gulistan of Sa’di: Bilingual English and Persian Edition with Vocabulary, Translated by W.M. Thackston, Bethesda, Maryland: Ibex Publishers, 2008, in Bibliotheca Orientalis, No. LXVII, 1 / 2, pp. 222-26.

  • (2009-2010) Ruymbeke, Ch. van, Science and Poetry in Medieval Persia: The Botany of Nizami’s Khamsa, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007 in Persica, No. XXIII, pp. 139140.

  • (2008) Dehghani, Y., Persian-English / English-Persian Learner’s Dictionary, IBEX Publishers, Bethesda, 2006, in Bibliotheca Orientalis, No. LXV, 3/4, pp. 509-10.

  • (2008) Delshad, F., Persische Chrestomathie klassischer und moderner Prosawerke vom 10. bis zum 21. Jahrhundert, Mit Autobiographien, Annotationen und Glossar. Verlag Otto Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden, in Bibliotheca Orientalis, No. LXV, 3-4, pp. 510-11.

  • (2008) Mohammadi, M.H., & Z. Qayeni, Tarikh-e adabiyyat-e kudakan-e Iran, 7 vols., Chista, Tehran, 2001-2005, in Persica, 22, pp. 67-9.

  • (2008) Aminrazavi, M., The Wine of Wisdom: The Life, Poetry and Philosophy of Omar Khayyam, Oxford: Oneworld, 2005, 404 pp, in International Journal of Middle East Studies, vol. 40, pp. 163-64.

  • (2008) Johanson, L. and C. Bulut (Eds.), Turkic-Iranian Contact Areas. Historical and Linguistic Aspects (Tucologica 62). Verlag Otto Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden, 2006, in Bibliotheca Orientalis, No. LXV, 1-2, pp. 232-35.

  • (2008) O’Kane, B., Early Persian Painting: Kalila and Dimna Manuscripts of the Late Fourteenth Century, I.B. Tauris, London / New York: 2003, in Bibliotheca Orientalis, No. LXV, 1-2, pp. 235-37.

  • (2007) Brunner, R., & W. Ende, ed., The Twelver Shia in Modern Times: Religious Culture & Political History, Leiden: Brill, 2001, xxii + 395 pp., in Bibliotheca Orientalis, No. LIX, 5-6, pp. 790-93.

  • (2006) Parsinejad, I., A History of Literary Criticism in Iran (1866-1951). Literary Criticism in the Works of Enlightened Thinkers of Iran: Akhundzade, Kermani, Malkom, Talebof, Maraghe’i, Kasravi and Hedayat. IBEX Publishers, Bethesda, 2003, in Bibliotheca Orientalis, No LXIII, 3-4, pp. 411-14.

  • (2005) Loloi, P., Hâfiz, Master of Persian Poetry: A critical Bibliography. English Translations since the Eighteenth Century, London / New York: I.B. Tauris, 2004, in Bibliotheca Orientalis, No. LXII, 5-6, pp. 617-619.

  • (2005) Hunzai, F.M., Nasir Khusraw: Knowledge and Liberation: a Treatise on Philosophical Theology (A New edition and English Translation of the Gushayish wa Rahayish), introduction and commentary by P. Morewedge, London / New York: I.B. Tauris in association with The Institute of Ismaili Studies London, 1998, in Bibliotheca Orientalis, No. LXII, 3-4, pp. 371-373.

  • (2005) Cannon, G., & A.S. Kaye, The Persian Contributions to the English Language: An Historical Dictionary, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2001, in Bibliotheca Orientalis, No. LXII, 3-4, pp. 369-71.

  • (2005) Hägg, T., & B. Utas, The Virgin and her Lover: Fragments of an Ancient Greek Novel and a Persian Epic Poem, Leiden: Brill, (Brill Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures, (30), 2003, xii + 278 pp., in Bibliotheca Orientalis, No. LXII, 1-2, pp. 149-53.

  • (2005) Hunsberger, A.C., Nasir Khusraw: the Ruby of Badakhshan, a Portrait of the Persian Poet, Traveller and Philosopher, London / New York: I.B. Tauris, Ismaili Heritage Series, 4, 2003, pp. xxi + 292, in International Journal of Middle East Studies, Vol. 37, No. 3, pp. 456-58.

  • (2004) Jahangiri, N. Gilaki Dialect of Lahijan: a Study on Phonology, Morphology & Lexicon, Studia Culturae Islamicae No. 74 (1-3), Iranian Studies No. 16, three volumes, Tokyo, Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, 2003, (26 cm, vol. I, pp. ix + 188, vol. ii, 189-512, vol. iii, 513-810), in Bibliotheca Orientalis LXI, No. 5-6, pp. 638-39.

  • (2004) Davis, D., Panthea’s Children: Hellenistic Novels and Medieval Persian Romances, New York, Bibliotheca Persica Press (no. 3), 2002, ii+ 120 pp., in Bibliotheca Orientalis LXI, no-3-4, pp. 437-440.

  • (2004) Yamamoto, K., The Oral Background of Persian Epics: Storytelling and Poetry, Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2003, xxiv + 191 pp., in Bibliotheca Orientalis LXI, No. 3-4, pp. 443-47.

  • (2004) Babayan, K., Mystics, Monarchs, and Messiahs: Cultural Landscape of Early Modern Iran, London / Cambridge / Massachusetts: Harvard Middle Eastern Monographs xxxv, 2002, lvi + 575 Pp. in The Middle East and South Asia Folklore Bulletin, volume 20, No. 1, Winter Issue.

  • (2004) Sharma, S., Persian Poetry at the Indian Frontier: Mas`ūd Sa`d Salmān of Lahore, Delhi: Permanent Black, 2000, xii + 208, in Bibliotheca Orientalis LXI, No. 3-4, pp. 440-43.

  • (2004) Saberi, R., A Thousand Years of Persian Rubáiyát: An Anthology of Quatrains from the Tenth to the Twentieth Century Along with the Original Persian, IBEX Publishers, Bethesda, 2000, 589 pp., in Bibliotheca Orientalis XLI, No. 1-2, pp. 237-39.

  • (2004) Nasser Deyhim, M., An Iranian in Nineteenth Century Europe: the Travel Diaries of Haj Sayyah (1859-1877), Bethesda, Maryland: IBEX Publishers, 1999, in Bibliotheca Orientalis LXI, No. 1-2, pp. 235-37.

  • (2003) Thackston, W.M., A Millennium of Classical Persian Poetry: A Guide to the Reading & Understanding of Persian Poetry from the Tenth to the Twentieth Century, Bethesda, Maryland: IBEX Publishers, 1994, second edition 2000, 186 Pp, in Bibliotheca Orientalis LX, No. 3-4, pp. 501-504.

  • (2003) Jaafari-Dehaghi, M., Dādestān ī Dēnīg, Part I, Transcription, Translation and Commentary. (Studia Iranica, Cahier 20). Editions Peeters, Leuven, 1998, in Bibliotheca Orientalis LX, No. 1-2, pp. 235-37 (with J. Cheung).

  • (2003) Pourjavady, N., ed., The Splendour of Iran (3 volumes), London: Booth-Clibborn Editions, 2001, vol. i: Ancient times 544 pp.; vol. ii, Islamic period, 528 pp.; vol. iii, Islamic period 416 pp, in Bibliotheca Orientalis LX, No. 5-6, pp. 793-98.

  • (2003) Jahangiri, N., A Sociolinguistic Study of Persian in Tehran. (Studia Culturae Islamicae No. 69, Iranian Studies No. 15). Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo, 2000, in Bibliotheca Orientalis LX, No. 1-2, pp. 230-35.

  • (2002) Dabashi, H., Truth and Narrative: The Untimely Thoughts of `Ayn al-Qudāt al-Hamadhānī, Richmond: Curzon Press, 1999, in International Journal of Middle East Studies, Vol. 34, May, No. 2, pp. 375-76.

  • (2002) Ernst, C.W., Rūzbihān Baqli: Mysticism and the Rhetoric of Sainthood in Persian Sufism. Richmond: Curzon Press, 1996, in International Journal of the Middle East Studies, Vol. 34, May, No. 2, pp. 378-80.

  • (2001) Sharma, S., Persian Poetry at the Indian Frontier: Mas`ūd Sa`d Salmān of Lahore, Delhi: Permanent Black, 2000 in Nashr-i Dānish, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 60-2, Iran University Press, Tehran.

  • (2001) Bruijn, J.T.P. de, Persian Sufi Poetry: An Introduction to the Mystical Use of Classical Poems, Richmond: Curzon, 1997, in Nashr-i Dānish, Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 52-4, Iran University Press, Tehran.

  • (1999) Afkari, A., Perzisch-Nederlands Woordenboek, Amsterdam: Vazhe, 1998, “Tajāvuz ba farhang va farhang-nivīsī” in Gardūn, Jahrgang 10, Nrs. 8 & 9, pp. 186-88.

  • (1998) Turner, C.P., Layla and Majnun by Nizami, London: Blake, 1997, in Journal of the Society of Iranian Studies, pp. 5-6.

  • (1997) Bruijn, J.T.P. de, De Rozentuin, Amsterdam: Bulaaq, 1997, Tārīkhcha-yi Gulistān dar ustān-i gul” in Gardūn, Jahrgang 8, No. 56, p. 35.

  • (1997) “De Deur van de ‘Sea of Stories’ is geopend” in Soera: Tijdschrift voor het Midden-Oosten, pp. 38-9.