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Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond

Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond

Book resources

These recommended books expand on the themes and stories featured in Love and devotion: from Persia and beyond, as well as the inquiry units and supporting activities.

The Love and devotion exhibition

Scollay, Susan (ed), 2012, Love and devotion: from Persia and beyond, Macmillan Art Publishing in association with the State Library of Victoria and the Bodleian Library, Melbourne

Stories & poems in Love and devotion

Binyon, Laurence, 1928, The poems of Nizami, described by Laurence Binyon,The Studio Limited, London

Ferdowsi, Abolqasem, 2009, Rostam: tales of love and war from the Shahnameh, trans Dick Davis, Penguin, London

Ferdowsi, Abolqasem, 2006, Shahnameh: the Persian book of kings, trans Dick Davis, Penguin, New York

Firdawsi, Sunset of empire: stories from the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi, vol 3, 2004, trans Dick Davis, Mage, Washington DC

Nizami, Ganjavi, 1924, Haft paikar (The seven beauties): containing the life and adventures of King Bahrām Gūr, and the seven stories told him by his seven queens, vol 2, trans CE Wilson, A Probsthain, London

Nizami, Ganjavi, 1966, The story of Layla and Majnun, trans and ed R Gelpke, Cassirer, Oxford

Waters, Fiona, 2002, The Arabian nights: tales from a thousand and one nights, Pavilion Children’s Books, London

Wilmot-Buxton, Ethel-Mary, 1907, The book of Rustem: retold from the Shah Nameh of Firdausi, Harrap, London

The Shahnama & Khamsa manuscripts

Abdullaeva, Firuza and Charles Melville, 2008, The Persian book of kings: Ibrahim Sultan’s Shahnama, Bodleian Library, Oxford

Brend, Barbara, 2010, Muhammad Juki’s Shahnamah of Firdausi, Royal Asiatic Society and Philip Wilson Publishers, London

Brend, Barbara, 1995, The Emperor Akbar's Khamsa of Nizami, British Library, London

Brend, Barbara, and Charles Melville, 2010, Epic of the Persian kings: the art of Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Graphic novels

Bahmani, Bruce, 2005, Rostam: tales from the Shahnameh, Hyperwerks

McCloud, Scott, 2006, Making comics: storytelling secrets of comics, manga and graphic novels, Harper, New York

Mechner, Jordan and AB Sina, 2008, Prince of Persia: the graphic novel, First Second, New York

Mechner, Jordan, 2010, Prince of Persia: before the sandstorm – a graphic novel anthology, Disney, New York

Napton, Robert, 2009, Rostam: battle with the deevs, Hyperwerks

Napton, Robert, 2010, Rostam: search for the king, Hyperwerks

Napton, Robert and Bruce Bahmani, 2007, Rostam: return of the king, Hyperwerks

Persia & its neighbouring empires

Badcott, Nicholas, 2009, Pocket timeline of Islamic civilizations, Baker and Taylor, USA

Dale, Stephen Frederic, 2010, The Muslim empires of the Ottomans, Safavids and Mughals, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Morgan, David, 1988, Medieval Persia, 1040–1797, Longman, London

Persian art

Brend, Barbara, 1991, Islamic art, British Museum, London

Canby, Sheila R, 1999, The golden age of Persian art, 1501–1722, British Museum, London

Morgan, David, Medieval Persia, 1040–1797, Longman, London

Sims, Eleanor, et al, 2002, Peerless images: Persian painting and its sources, Yale University Press, Newhaven and London

Topsfield, Andrew, 2008, Paintings from Mughal India, Bodleian Library, Oxford

Visual literacy

Anstey, Michèle and Geoff Bull, 2000, Reading the visual: written and illustrated children's literature, Harcourt Australia, Sydney

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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