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Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond

Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond

Persian manuscripts & culture

This inquiry unit examines the art of Persian manuscripts and the cultural context of their production.

Refer to the Persian manuscripts & culture curriculum outcomes to see how this unit aligns with VELS standards for levels 5 and 6.




  • Investigate the spread of Persian manuscript production and culture into the neighbouring Ottoman and Mughal Indian empires.
  • Compare the production of Persian and European medieval manuscripts. See the Investigating Persian manuscripts activity for supporting questions and resources.
  • Represent class findings on a timeline using an online timeline generator such as Timetoast.


  • Create a presentation based on a Persian story or poem and an accompanying manuscript image. The presentation could examine:
    – the associated story
    – the story's relevance to Persian culture
    – the manuscript's features
    – differences between the manuscript and European manuscripts
    – what the image conveys about the characters, plot, setting and mood of the story (refer to the Persian miniature painting & visual literacy activity)


  • Students develop a mind or concept map to demonstrate their understanding of Persian manuscripts. Use as a mind mapping tool.
  • Develop a rubric to assist teachers or peers assessing the students' presentations. Assessment areas could include the content of the presentation, its delivery, and the use multimedia in the presentation (if applicable).

Love & devotion in the UK

The Bodleian Libraries is showing its own presentation of the Love and devotion exhibition at the Exhibition Room, Bodleian Library, in Oxford, England, between 29 November 2012 and 28 April 2013.

Learn more about how you can visit this exhibition on the Bodleian Libraries website.


Love and devotion: Persian Cultural Crossroads

This two-day conference held in April 2012 featured distinguished international guests and Australian specialists exploring cultural convergences in literature, the arts and architecture, history and philosophy within Persia's cultural sphere and Europe, from the 11th century to the present day.

For information on keynote speakers & topics discussed, visit our conference page

Visit the exhibition

The Love and devotion exhibition took place from 9 March to 1 July 2012. In-depth information about the exhibits and themes can be found on this website.

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