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Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond

Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond


The poet Navaʾi was born as Mir ʿAli Shir, the foster brother and eventually powerful courtier and close friend of Sultan Husayn Bayqara at the Timurid court of Herat.

He wrote in Persian and in his native Chaghatay Turkish, with such musicality that he acquired the pen name Navaʾi, which means 'melody maker'.

His version of Nizami's tale of Bahram Gur visiting seven princesses is one of the most significant retelling of this story.

He died in 1501.

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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