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Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond

Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond

Hafiz conversing with young companions

Hafiz conversing with young companions

From a manuscript of Hafiz, Divan (Collected poems), dated AH 1001 (1593 AD) and AH 1101 (1690 AD)

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, MS Elliott 163, fol 55v

Hafiz is generally considered the master of the classical form of Persian lyric poetry, the ghazal.

Although trained in orthodox religion and adopting the pen name ‘Hafiz’, which referred to his ability to recite the Qurʾan from memory, he was openly critical of religious fundamentalism and hypocrisy.

Hafiz wrote poems of praise for princes, as well as love lyrics, which, in particular, remain extremely popular within Persian communities.

This image appears on the page: Hafiz

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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