Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998. First Edition. Octavo; xii, 267pp. A fine, as new copy in publisher's black cloth lettered in gold in illustrated dust jacket. Item #20272
Proceedings of the Thirteenth Giorgio Levi Della Vida Biennial Conference. In this volume six distinguished scholars reassess the Persian contribution to the Islamic world. The major essay by Ehsan Yarshater casts fresh light on that role challenging the view that Islamic culture declined after the ninth century. In fact, he maintains, the adoption of Persian as the medium of literary expression meant that by the sixteenth century, Persian literary and intellectual paradigms had been cultivated in the greater part of the Islamic world.The following essays are devoted to specific aspects of that contribution.