Date: Saturday, April 18
Location: Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, Storrs, CT
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Two distinguished speakers, Dr. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak from Maryland University and Dr. Michael Barry from Princeton University, both engaged in Persian literature and history, will give lectures on life and mysticism of Attar. In addition, two Iranian music ensembles will perform poems from Attar, aimed at leading the listeners to a state of Sufi ecstasy.
Who is Attar? Farid al-Din ‘Attar (d. 1221) was the principal Sufi poet of the second half of the twelfth century. Best known for his masterpiece Mantiq al-tayr, or The Conference of Birds, his verse is still considered to be the finest example of Sufi love poetry in the Persian language after that of Rumi
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Food and refreshments: Iranian pastry, tea and coffee, served during the event.
At the end:
Quick tour of the special Persian exhibition room, set up for the seminar