Péri, Benedek. 2018. Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Islamic Manuscripts and Books 16). Leiden: Brill.
The Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences was established in 1826. Its collection of Persian manuscripts is the most comprehensive set of its kind in Hungary. The volumes were produced in four major cultural centres of the Persianate world, the Ottoman Empire, Iran, Central Asia and India during a span of time that extends from the 14th to the 19th century. Collected mainly by enthusiastic private collectors and acknowledged scholars the manuscripts have preserved several unique texts or otherwise interesting copies of well-known works. Though the bulk of the collection has been part of Library holdings for almost a century, the present volume is the first one to describe these manuscripts in a detailed and systematic way.
Benedek Péri is the head of the Department of Turkic Studies, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. Specialized in the history of classical Persianate literary traditions, he has widely published on various aspects of Persian, Chaghatay and Ottoman literature.
Hyland, John. 2017. Persian interventions: The Achaemenid Empire, Athens, and Sparta, 450−386 BCE. Johns Hopkins University Press.
In Persian Interventions, John O. Hyland challenges earlier studies that assume Persia played Athens against Sparta in a defensive balancing act. He argues instead for a new interpretation of Persian imperialism, one involving long-term efforts to extend diplomatic and economic patronage over Greek clients beyond the northwestern frontier. Achaemenid kings, he asserts, were less interested in Ionia for its own sake than in the accumulation of influence over Athens, Sparta, or both, which allowed them to advertise Persia’s claim to universal power while limiting the necessity of direct military commitment. The slow pace of intervention resulted from logistical constraints and occasional diplomatic blunders, rather than long-term plans to balance and undermine dangerous allies.
John O. Hyland is an associate professor of history at Christopher Newport University.
The book is scheduled to be published in December 2017.
Persian Manuscripts in Balkans and Central Europe
Center for Iran, Balkans and Central European Studies
Bulgarian National Library “St, Cyril and Methodius’’
Sofia University ‘’St. Kliment Ohridski’’
23-24 February 2017
Center for Iran, Balkans and Central European Studies in partnership with the Cyril and Methodius National Library of Bulgaria, the “St. Kliment Ohridski” Sofia University, and Allameh Tabataba’i University are going to convene the international conference on “Persian Manuscripts in the Balkans and Central Europe”. The conference will be held in Sofia, with the contributions of scholars and researchers from 16 countries, expert in codicology. Scope of the topics to be discussed in this conference includes: Persian manuscripts; Persian documents; manuscripts about Iran in other languages; documents about Iran in other languages; and exploring Eastern manuscripts. Allameh Tabataba’i University (ATU) will publish the approved papers. Along with the conference, a workshop on “Codicology” will also be held.
- Akbar Irani “Mirase Maktub, Twenty-three years in the revival of Iranian culture and Civilization”
- Shervin Farridnejad: “Zoroastrian Manuscripts in Classical New Persian. The Manuscripts of Ṣad Dar in Central European Libraries: A Work in Progress”
- Davood Esparham: “Advantages and disadvantages of different methods of editing manuscripts”
- Mohammad Hassan Hassanzadeh Niri: “ Catalogues of Persian Manuscripts in Turkey“
- Iván Szántó: A Kashmiri Manuscript of the Shahname of Ferdowsi in Budapest”
- Shiva Mihan: “An unidentified Timurid Manuscript: the Musibat-nama of ‘Attar Nishapuri from Prince Baysunghur’s library”
- Zahra Parsapour: “Ghanun Al- Adab a treasure from Asia minor”
- Dariush Zolfaghari: “The importance of rhetoric in edition of Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh”
- Maryam Mavadda: “Âdâb Al-Nesvân , Verses In Writing Of The ¼ Aqayed Al-Nesâ’,“
- Zohre Allahyari Dastjerdi: “Tradition of making collection and anthology in Persian language by focus on index of manuscript”
- Nigar Gozalova/Akram Bagirov: “On Bahman-Mirza’s Azerbaijani Collection”
- Fariba Jabbari: “Maqazi Al-Nabi Verse narrative of the life of Prophet”
- Katerina Venedikova: “Persian texts and Persian elements in manuscripts and epigraphic monuments from the Ottoman times”
- Alireza Hoseini: “Parvardeie khial, a Manuscript from Mahmood Mirza Qajar”
- Mahmood Heidari: “Omdatol Bolaqa va Eddatol Fosaha, A manuscript from Rashid aldin Vatvat”
- Elham Malekzadeh: “The geography of the Caucasus, Almanak, survivor from the era of the Naseraldin King of Qajar”
- Yashar Abdolselamoghlu: “Story of occupation of Bulgaria by Ottomans- Edris Bitlisi“
- Namir Karahalilovic: “An Overview of the Persian Manuscript Collections in Bosnia-Herzegovina”
- Nermin Hodzic: “A Copy of the “Sahifa al-Sajjadiyya” from Gazi Husrev-Beg Library in Sarajevo”
- Ahmed Zildzic: “Two Copies of the Bahjat al-Tawarikh in the Balkans”
- Saeid Abedpour: “Tradition of Masnavi-khani in Bosnia-Herzegovina”
- Sabaheta Gačanin,: “Poetic Manuscripts of Islamic Canon as Cultural Memory”
- Miklos Sarkozy: “Persian Manuscripts in the Oriental Collection of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences“
- Mojdeh Mohammadi: “Persian Manuscript in Hungarian Academy of Science”
- Saeed Safari: “The introduction to Persian manuscripts in the Central Library of the University of Belgrade”
- Tatjana Pai -Vukic: “Persian Manuscripts in Croatian Collections”
- Stoyanka Kenderova: “Persian book in the library of Osman Pazvantoglu in Vidin / 1837”
- Nematollah Iranzadeh: “A manuscript from Vahid Tabrizi in Bulgarian National Library”
- Ivo Panov: “Diwan-e Hafez Manuscripts in National Library”
- Elisaveta Mousakova: “The Illumination of Manuscript Catalogues“
- Nona Petkova: “Accepting and Respecting the Traditions of Others – Examples of Coexistence“
- Morteza Nouraei: “The Evaluation of Iranian studies through Ottoman Turkish Documents preserved in the National Library of Sofia- Bulgaria”
- Anka Stoilova: “The work with manuscript fragments before their cataloguing”
- Hatije Berber: “Presentation of textbooks for teaching Persian language in Ryushdiye schools”
- Sheyda Rahimi: “An Overview of the Persian Manuscript Catalogue in Bulgarian National Library”
Askari, Nasrin. 2016. The Medieval Reception of the Shāhnāma as a Mirror for Princes (Studies in Persian Cultural History 9) Leiden; Boston: Brill.
Nasrin Askari explores the medieval reception of Firdausī’s Shāhnāma, or Book of Kings (completed in 1010 CE) as a mirror for princes. Through her examination of a wide range of medieval sources, Askari demonstrates that Firdausī’s oeuvre was primarily understood as a book of wisdom and advice for kings and courtly elites. In order to illustrate the ways in which the Shāhnāma functions as a mirror for princes, Askari analyses the account about Ardashīr, the founder of the Sasanian dynasty, as an ideal king in the Shāhnāma. Within this context, she explains why the idea of the union of kingship and religion, a major topic in almost all medieval Persian mirrors for princes, has often been attributed to Ardashīr.
Nasrin Askari, PhD, (2012), University of Toronto, has completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of British Columbia, and will be working on her next project at the University of Oxford as a Bahari Visiting Scholar in the Persian Arts of the Book.