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"I carry your beauty in the palm of my hands": Aesthetics of the Sacred in Persian Poetry

9 Jan '18 6.00 - 8.30 pm

In this presentation, we will explore the concept of divine beauty, and its role in the human journey on earth, as poetically constructed throughout the Islamic period. The methodology would primarily involve constructing the larger landscape rather than exploring the depths of a particular time period, formal genre, or poetic style. Original and translated poetry examples will be provided.

This public lecture is part of a course Islamic Aesthetics: In Praise of Aj’aib, the Wondrous


Ahmet T. Karamustafa

Ahmet T. Karamustafa is Professor of History at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. His expertise is in the social and intellectual history of Sufism in particular and Islamic piety in general in the medieval and early modern periods. His publications include God’s Unruly Friends (University of Utah Press, 1994) and Sufism: The Formative Period (Edinburgh University Press & University of California Press, 2007). He is currently working on a book project titled Vernacular Islam: Everyday Muslim Religious Life in Medieval Anatolia as well as a monograph on the history of early medieval Sufism titled The Flowering of Sufism.


Fatemeh Keshavarz

Fatemeh Keshavarz holds the Roshan Chair in Persian Studies and directs the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at University of Maryland, College Park. She is a published poet and author of Six monographs including Reading Mystical Lyric: the Case of Jalal al-Din Rumi and Recite in the Name of the Red Rose: Poetic Sacred Making in Twentieth Century Iran (winners, Choice Magazine Award). Her book Jasmines and Stars: Reading more than Lolita in Tehran was described by ALA Booklist as an excellent counterpoint to Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran. Recently, Edinburgh University Press published her book Lyrics of Life: Sa’di on Love, Cosmopolitanism, and Care of the Self (2015). The show “Speaking of Faith” featuring her in the hour-long episode “The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi,” received the 2008 Peabody Award. In the same year she was awarded the Herschel Walker Peace and Justice Award. In 2013, Keshavarz was named poet of the month by NPR’s Grace Cavalieri, host of Poetry and the Poet.


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