Nasir Khusraw, the Ruby of Badakhshan: A Portrait of the Persian Poet, Traveller and Philosopher

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I.B.Tauris, Jul 4, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 324 pages
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A renowned poet, philosopher, and traveler of the 11th century, Nasir Khusraw was also a major thinker and author of the Iranian lands. Writing exclusively in Persian, his writings have been preserved through the centuries by the Ismaili communities of the upper Oxus and Badakhshan, now situated in Tajikistan and Afghanistan. This is the first comprehensive study in English of Nasir Khusraw's life and aspects of his theological and philosophical thought in the context of his times. Alice C Hunsberger, who has devoted more than ten years of study to this subject, also presents in this book a detailed classification of Nasir Khusraw's different writings, and a summary of medieval as well as modern biographical studies.
 

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Contents

A Soul Higher Than Fortune
1
Heretic Magician or King?
17
The Wonders of This World
33
The Turning Point
49
Knowledge and Action
72
The Journey Begins
91
Jerusalem the Holy
109
The Splendour of Fatimid Cairo
140
Mecca City of Pilgrimage
174
1o The Journey Home
198
The World Turns Dark
220
Glory Regained
241
Notes
255
Bibliography
273
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Alice C. Hunsberger has been a Research Fellow at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London and she has previously taught history, philosophy, and religion at Hunter College, Queens College, and the University of Technology in Isfahan.

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