Costa Mesa, CA: Mazda Publishers, 1998. First Edition. INSCRIBED by the author. 8vo. 393 pp. Index. Text in English and some Farsi. A fine copy in publisher's color illustrated dustjacket. Item #19903
Bibliotheca Iranica: Literature Series No. 5. Between 1475 and 1675, Persian poetry achieved an extraordinary range and popularity. In cities such as Tabriz, Herat, Isfahan, and Delhi, a lively culture flourished at all levels of urban society, from the royal court to the marketplace. To chart the development of the lyric ghazal in this little-studied period, Welcoming Fighani examines the work and artistic legacy of one of its most influential poets, Baba Fighani of Shiraz (d. 1519). A critical study of medieval biographies traces the dramatic up-and-downs of Fighãn^'s career and critical reception, showing how he came to be regarded as the founder of two major schools of Safavid-Mughal poetry.