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A Key to the Treasure of the Hakim
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This volume consists of thirteen essays by eminent scholars, each focusing on different aspects of the Khamsa, a collection of five long poems written by the Persian poet Nizami of Ganja (1141–1209). The cycle’s heroes, Khosrow and Shirin, Leili and Majnun, and Iskandar, have become household names all over the Islamic world. Considering the work from such perspectives as art history, comparative literature, science, philosophy, and mysticism, the contributors revive and challenge traditional views on the poet and his work. Appropriate for both specialists and anyone interested in the movement of ideas through the medieval world, Nizami is a major contribution to the study of one of the most important figures in classical Persian literature

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. Acknowledgment
  2. pp. 7-8
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  1. Introduction “A Key to the Treasure of the Hakīm”
  2. Christine van Ruymbeke
  3. pp. 9-16
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  1. 1. Nizāmī’s World Order
  2. J.-Christoph Bürgel
  3. pp. 17-52
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  1. 2. The Hidden Pearls of Wisdom: Desire and Initiation in Laylī u Majnūn
  2. Leili Anvar
  3. pp. 53-76
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  1. 3. Descriptions and Images – Remarks on Gogand Magog in Nizāmī’s Iskandar Nāma, Firdawsī’s Shāh Nāma, and Amīr Khusraw’s A’īna-yi Iskandarī
  2. Gabrielle van den Berg
  3. pp. 77-94
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  1. 4. Nizāmī’s Cosmographic Vision and Alexander in Search of the Fountain of Life
  2. Mario Casari
  3. pp. 95-106
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  1. 5. Drinking from the Water of Life – Nizāmī, Khizr and the Symbolism of Poetical Inspiration in Later Persianate Literature
  2. Patrick Franke
  3. pp. 107-126
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  1. 6. The Enigma of Turandot in Nizāmī’s Pentad. Azāda and Bahrām between Esther and Sindbād
  2. Angelo Michele Piemontese
  3. pp. 127-144
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  1. 7. What is it that Khusraw learns from the Kalīla-Dimna stories?
  2. Christine van Ruymbeke
  3. pp. 145-166
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  1. 8 .The “Wasteland” and Alexander, the Righteous King, in Nizāmī’s Iqbāl Nāma
  2. Carlo Saccone
  3. pp. 167-180
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  1. 9. A Mystical Reading of Nizāmī’s Use of Nature in the Haft Paykar
  2. Asghar Seyed-Gohrab
  3. pp. 181-194
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  1. 10. The Nizāmī Manuscript of Shāh Tahmāsp: A Reconstructed History
  2. Priscilla Soucek, Muhammad Isa Waley
  3. pp. 195-210
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  1. 11. Nizāmī Ganjavi, the Wordsmith: The Concept of sakhun in Classical Persian Poetry
  2. Kamran Talattof
  3. pp. 211-244
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  1. 12. Teucros in Nizāmī's Haft Paykar
  2. Ziva Vesel
  3. pp. 245-252
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  1. 13. “Let Even a Cat Win your Heart!” Nizāmī on Animal and Man.
  2. Renate Würsch
  3. pp. 253-266
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  1. Illustrations to Chapter 10
  2. pp. 267-274
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 275-290
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 291-304
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  1. Already published in the Iranian Studies Series
  2. p. 305
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