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Persian Literature

divine songs, Modern Persian language, Gathas, Persian Literature, Arabic script

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Persian Literature, literature in the Modern Persian language of the Islamic era, written in Arabic script. This vast literature, marked by the predominance of poetry, is not confined to the geographic limits of Iran; it was also cultivated in Turkey and northern India. Both poetic and prose traditions remained strikingly stable for a millennium. Since the beginning of the 20th century, however, owing to the impact of Western culture, new trends have developed in the literature.

The pre-Islamic Persian literature, written in Old and Middle Persian between 650 bc and ad 650, includes the Gathas (divine songs), the most ancient of the sacred writings collectively named the Avesta; Middle Persian texts of Avesta; and epics to be recited at the court.

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Haidari, Amir Abbas, M.A.

Lecturer in Persian, University of London. Editor, "Modern Persian Reader".



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