A Literary History of Persia by E.G. Browne

By E.G. Browne

Browne's recognized paintings, first released in 1902, was once the fundamental textual content on literary historical past in Persian experiences for a few years. As an outline of Persian literature from the earliest occasions till Firdawsi, it remains to be a useful reference. Out of print for a while, it's now reissued as a library version, in facsimile to catch the texture of the unique version.

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33–124) form one of the best introductions to the study of Muhammadan literature with which I am acquainted, and should be read by every student of this subject. Other excellent treatises are Gladwin’s Dissertations on the Rhetoric, Prosody, and Rhyme of the Persians (Calcutta, 1801); Rückert’s Grammatik, Poetik, und Rhetorik der Perser (originally published in 1827–28 in vols. xl-xliv of the Wiener Jahrbücher, and re-edited by Pertsch in a separate volume in 1874); Blochmann’s Prosody of the Persians (Calcutta, 1872); and, for the comparisons used by the erotic poets, Huart’s annotated translation of the Anísu’l-‘Ushsháq, or “Lover’s Companion,” of Sharafu’d-Dín Rámí.

D. 1328, is one notable example of this florid style of composition; while the Rawḍatu’ṣ-Ṣafá, the Anwár-i-Suhaylí, and other contemporary works produced under the patronage of the Tímúrid princes (by whom it was transmitted to India on the foundation by Bábar of the so-called “Moghul” dynasty) about the end of the fifteenth and beginning of the sixteenth centuries afford others of a later date. It is, however, amongst the Turks of the Ottoman Empire that this detestable style finds its highest development in writers like Veysí and Nergisí, of whom a modern Turkish critic says that, though a Persian might recognise the fact that they were not writing Persian, a Turk could hardly divine that they were by way of writing Turkish.

IV. D. 641–651), resulting in the conversion of the great bulk of the Persian nation to the religion of Islám, and in the practical supersession of Persian by Arabic as the official and literary language. V. D. 850, gathers strength in proportion as Persia succeeds in emancipating herself more and more from the control of the weakening Caliphate of Baghdád, and in re-asserting her political independence. Influence of the Arab Conquest on Persia. Such, in outline, is Persian literary history; but while the ordinary student of Persian may well content himself with a summary and superficial knowledge of all that precedes the Arab Conquest, he cannot thus lightly pass over the consequences of that momentous event.

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