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THE EPIC OF SHAHNAMEH FERDOWSI: Chapter 10-The Return of Kai Khosrow

This is the translation of one of the world’s greatest masterpieces The Epic of Shahnameh Ferdowsi (The Epic of Kings: Hero Tales of Ancient Persia) created by Hakim Abol-Ghasem Ferdowsi Toosi (940-1020) World famous Persian (Iranian) poet Chapter 10The Return of Kai Khosrow In a little time it came about that there was born unto Ferangis, in the house of Piran, a son of the race of Saiawush. And Piran, when he had seen the […]


Rumi is now one of the most widely read poets in America. I began translating Rumi in 1988, and performing his poetry in 1992. In all of these years I never thought that he would become so popular in the West in such a short time. Rumi is one the world’s brightest creative talents. He’s on par with Beethoven, Shakespeare and Mozart. Rumi was born on the Eastern shores of the Persian Empire on September […]

How to Understand Mawlana Rumi

  The best way to understand the great Muslim poet of the 13th century C. E., Mawlânâ Jalâluddîn Muhammad Balkhî-ye Rûmî (qaddasa ‘llâhu sirra-hu), is to know that the inward meaning of all of his verses and poems is faithful to the revelation of the Qur’ân and to the Traditions [Ahâdîth] of the Prophet Muhammad (Sallà ‘llâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam). He stated this clearly in a quatrain:I am the servant of the Qur’ân [man banda-yé […]

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (part 9)

  THE RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM Written 1120 A.C.E.Translated by Edward FitzGerald For in and out, above, about, below,‘Tis nothing but a Magic Shadowshow, Play’d in a Box whose Candle is the Sun,Round which we Phantom Figures come and go.***** And if the Wine you drink, the Lip you press,End in the Nothing all Things end in – Yes – Then fancy while Thou art, Thou art but whatThou shalt be – Nothing – Thou shalt […]

Gulestan Of Saadi : CHAPTER I – The Manners Of Kings ( Story 16-19 )

Persian Language & Literature “Gulestan”Saadi Shirazi, Sheikh Mosleh al-Din Story 16 One of my friends complained of the unpropitious times, telling me that he had a slender income, a large family, without strength to bear the load of poverty and had often entertained the idea to emigrate to another country so that no matter how he made a living no one might become aware of his good or ill luck. Many a man slept hungry […]

Thousands Attend Iranian Poet Behbahani’s Funeral

  Thousands of Iranians, including prominent intellectuals, artists, and rights activists, have attended a funeral ceremony held in Tehran for celebrated poet and women’s rights advocate Simin Behbahani. Behbahani, known as Iran’s lady of “ghazal” for her use of a traditional genre that employs a series of couplets, died on August 19 in a hospital in the Iranian capital of heart failure and respiratory problem. The two-time nominee for the Nobel Prize in literature was […]

Security forces shut down poet’s commemoration

  The fourteenth commemoration ceremony for the passing of Iranian poet Ahmad Shamloo was interrupted by Islamic Republic security forces. HRANA reports that the ceremony was organized by Iran’s Writers’ Association and was held on Thursday July 25. Eyewitness reports indicate that the participants were first photographed and filmed by security officers, who then forced the organizers to end the ceremony. Ahmad Shamloo, an iconic figure in Iranian literature and modern poetry, passed away on […]

Attar: Muslim Saints and Mystics (Tazkarotol-Oulia) Part 8: Dho ’l-Nun al-Mesri

  Dho ‘l-Nun al-Mesri by Farid al-Din Attar Abu ‘l-Faiz Thauban ibn Ebrahim al-Mesri,called Dho ‘l-Nun, was born at Ekhmim in UpperEgypt c. 180 (796), studied under various teach-ers and travelled extensively in Arabia and Syria.In 214 (829) he was arrested on a charge ofheresy and sent to Baghdad to prison, but afterexamination he was released on the caliph’sorders to return to Cairo, where he died in 246(861); his tombstone has been preserved. A leg-endary […]

Spring and all its flowers by Hafiz

    Spring and all its flowers now joyously break their vow of silence.It is time for celebration, not for lying low;You too — weed out those roots of sadness from your heart. The Sabaa wind arrives;and in deep resonance, the flowerpassionately rips open its garments,thrusting itself from itself. The Way of Truth, learn from the clarity of water,Learn freedom from the spreading grass. Pay close attention to the artistry of the Sabaa wind,that wafts […]

Ali Reza Roshan Was Released from Prison

    Ali-Reza Roshan was released from Evin prison after enduring one year behind bars without furlough.According to Majzooban Noor website, Ali-Reza Roshan, poet, reporter for the reformist daily Shargh and dervishes rights activist was released from Evin prison at 10 a.m today (24 Mehr 1392/ Oct 16 2013) after serving out his one year sentence. Ali-Reza Roshan was initially arrested along with 15 Dervish lawyers and managers of Majzooban Noor website in Shahrivar 1390 […]

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