In the 19th and 20th centuries, Iranian and Afghan intellectuals set out to excavate the Persian literary tradition in search of texts and tools to construct new identities. It was in this process that Iran imagined Ferdowsi as its national poet.
Ali Mirdrekvandi was a poorly-educated native of Lorestan who taught himself enough English to write his mystical fable, No Heaven For Gunga Din, while working at an officers’ mess in Tehran during World War II. The book tells the story of 83 American and British officers and their servant, Gunga Din, as they journey across the Milky Way in search of heaven in the year 2084.
Twelve Gates Arts, a non profit gallery in Philadelphia, features exhibits from South Asian and other artists of color. By focusing on artists whose works speak to social injustices, Twelve Gates has established itself as a landmark gallery on the East Coast.
Why are some people obsessed with purifying the Persian language? This article explores the idea of language purification by examining a contemporary movement called “Parsig” that seeks to revive Middle Persian, in part by removing the Arabic influences that have entered Modern Persian.