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Hamid Algar

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780198090441

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198090441.001.0001

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‘The Seal of the Poets’: Jami and the Traditions of Persian Poetry

‘The Seal of the Poets’: Jami and the Traditions of Persian Poetry

(p.62) 4 ‘The Seal of the Poets’: Jami and the Traditions of Persian Poetry

Hamid Algar

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the poetry of ʿAbd al-Rahman Jami, which reflected his tastes, predilections, and general cast of mind. Its significance, however, transcends the personal, with the vast poetic corpus that Jami was able to elaborate, by virtue of a versatile and vigorous talent, representing a summation of the traditions of Persian poetry. This chapter talks about Baharistana, a work loosely modelled in terms of format on the Gulistan of Sà di, in which Jami surveyed the traditions of Persian poetry. It also talks about his other works, such as Silsilat al-Dhahab and Haft Awrang, among others.

Keywords:   ʿAbd al-Rahman Jami, poetry, Baharistan, Silsilat al-Dhahab, Haft Awrang

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