B.A., M.L.S., M.A., Ph.D
Department of Asian and Near Eastern
Languages and Literatures
Campus Box 1111
St. Louis, Missouri 63130
Tel: 314935 8576
Fax: 314935 4399
Ph.D. The School of Oriental & African Studies, London University and Department of Library, Archive & Information Studies, University College, London University.
Major: Near Eastern and Persian Studies.
Minor: Library Studies.
MA in Near Eastern and Library Studies.
M.L.S. in Library and information Science, Shiraz University, Iran.
B. A. in Persian Language and Literature, Shiraz University, Iran.
Ph.D. Thesis: “A Descriptive and Analytical Catalog of  Persian Manuscripts at the Library of the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine.” Advisors: Professor A.D.H. Bivar & Professor I.H. McIlwaine.
M. A. Thesis: “A Study of 150 Persian Manuscripts and 50 Early Printed Books at the Library of the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London.” Advisors: Professor T. Gandjei & Professor I.H. McIlwaine.
B.A. Thesis: “The Poetry of Parvin I͒tisami.” Advisor: Professor Mansur Rastigar.
Persian (native tongue)
English (near native fluency in all major skills)
Turkish (very good speaking, reading and writing abilities)
Arabic (very good reading and writing abilities)
Armenian (moderate speaking and reading abilities)
French (reading ability)
Associate Professor of Persian and Comparative Literature, Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, WashingtonUniversity, St. Louis.
Assistant Professor of Persian Language and Literature, Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, Washington University, St. Louis.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Persian Language and Literature, Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, WashingtonUniversity, St. Louis.
Lecturer in Persian Language and Literature, Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, Washington University, St. Louis.
Lecturer in Persian Language and Literature and Islamic Thought, Institute of Ismaili Studies, London (A research institute devoted to Islamic Studies and affiliated with McGill University in Canada which offers a joint M.A. program on Islamic Studies with the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill).
Elected to the University Faculty Senate.
Director, Graduate program in Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Studies. WashingtonUniversity, St.Louis.
Chair, Mentoring Task Force, Association of Women Faculty (AWF).
Director, Center for the Study of Islamic Societies and Civilizations, WashingtonUniversity, St.Louis.
Director, Washington University/Arabic Language Institute Semester Abroad Program in Fez, Morocco.
President, Association of Women Faculty (A WF), WashingtonUniversity in St.Louis.
Head, Near Eastern Section, Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, WashingtonUniversity in St.Louis.
OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
WashingtonUniversity in St. Louis, Islamic Studies Librarian, Olin Library.
Institute of Ismaili Studies, London.
Chief Cataloger in charge of a newly purchased and wholly uncataloged collection of about 13,000 volumes in Persian, Arabic, Turkish, and Western languages on Islamic subjects.
Training three qualified librarians to catalog Islamic materials according to the LC. cataloging and classification system. Selection and acquisition of books.
National Iranian Radio & Television.
Position: Writer, Producer and Moderator of a daily live program on Persian litͭerature and culture.
GRANTS AND HONORS
Recipient of Faculty Mentoring Award.
Association of Women Faculty Appreciation Award.
Faculty Research Grant, Washington University.
Faculty Research Grant, Washington University.
Summer Curriculum Development Grant, Department of Education.
Dunne & Wilson Award for the Ph.D. thesis selected as “a work of distinction, II London University.
Three years of fellowship support from the Wellcome Trust towards research on 617 Persian manuscripts preserved at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London.
Full scholarship from ShirazUniversity for the M.LS. degree.
Departmental honors in Persian Language and Literature, ShirazUniversity.
Reading Mystical Lyric: The Case of Jalal aI-Din Rumi. Columbia:University of South Carolina Press, 1998.
A Descriptive and Analytical Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the Library of the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine. London: The Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1986. (Winner of the Dunne & Wilson Award).
Talashi dar aghaz (collection of poems). Shiraz: ShirazUniversity Press, 1976.
“Pregnant With God: the Poetic Art of Mothering the Sacred in Rumi’s Fihi ma fih.Journal of Comparative Study of South Asia and the Middle East, Vol. XXII, No. 1-2, 2003.
“O, the Sky That Turns Above Our Head: A ghazal by Jalal aI-Din Rumi.” Translation from Persian with a critical analysis in Views from the House of Islam. Ed. John Renard. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998.
“The Call to Prayer from the Cypress Tree: Modernity and Redefining the Spiritual in Persian Poetry,” Religion and Literature,University of Notre Dame, Indiana, 29.1 (1997): 17-42.
“Much Have I Roamed through the Worlds Far Quarters: In Search of Sa`di’s Self-image,” International Journal of Middle East Studies 26 (1994): 465-475.
“Convention and Innovation in the Divan-i Shams,” The Turkish Studies Associԭation Bulletin 17 (1993): 92-98.
“Horoscope of Iskandar Sultan,” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland 2 (1984): 197-208.
“Horoscope of a Persian Prince,” Illustrated London News (Christmas Issue, 40),1981.
Articles in Press
‘Dar aqsa-yi alam bigashtam basi: nigarishi bih shakhsiyat-i Shaykh-i Ajall az tariq-i sifatha-yi vay,” (A fresh reading of the poet Sa`di’s adoption of the theme of travelling) Majallah-i Danishkadah-i Adabiyat, Shiraz University, Iran, forthcoming.
“Taming of the Unruly King: Nizami’s Shirin as Lover and Educator,” in Women in Iran from the Rise of Islam to 1800. Ed. Guiti Nashat and Lois Beck (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming).
“Flight of the Birds: the Poetic Animating the Spiritual in ‘Attars Mantiq al-tayr, in Intimations of Immortality. Ed. Leonard Lewisohn, London: SOAS, forthcoming.
ԓShades of Bewilderment, ten ghazals of ԑAttar translated from Persian in Intimations of Immortality. Ed. Leonard Lewisohn, London: SOAS. Forthcoming.
“The Treatise On Journeying” by Majd ad-Din Baghdadi. Translated from Persian in Views From the House of Islam. Ed. John Renard. Berkeley: University of California Press; 1998.
“The Seventh Qiblah: Poems in praise of Imam Riza.” Translated from Persian in Views From the House of Islam.
“Excerpts from A Sufi Lexicon” by Sayyid Sajjadi. Translated from Persian in Views From the House of Islam.
Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, Recasting Persian Poetry: Scenarios of Poetic Modernity in Iran.International Journal of Middle East Studies. 30, no.2 (1998): 311-313.
Amin Banani, Richard Hovannisian, and George Sabbagh eds. Poetry and Mysticism in Islam: the Heritage of Rumi. Iran Nameh. Forthcoming.
Leonard Lewisohn ed. The Legacy of Mediaeval Persian Sufism. Iranian Studies 27 (1995): 196-197.
Simin Daneshvar, A Persian Requiem.Middle East Studies Association Bulletin 27 (1993): 97-98.
Farzaneh Milani, Veils and the Words: The Emerging Voices of Iranian Women Writers.Iran Nameh 3 (1993): 554-558.
Richard Ettinghausen and Ehsan Yarshater eds. Highlights of Persian Art.Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (London) 1 (1986): 116-117.
Lutz Richter-Bernburg, Persian Medical Manuscripts at the University of California, Los Angeles: A Descriptive Catalogue. Medical History(London) 25 (1981): 94-95.
“Recite! In the Name of the Red Rose”: Poetic Expressions of the Sacred in 20th Century Persian Poetry.
An in-depth study of the redefinition of spirituality in twentieth century Persian poetry. Through an analysis of the poems of leading contemporary Iranian poets, this work explores the formation of new spiritual paradigms and the formulation of literary strategies leading to a “modem” articulation of the spiritual. This study uncovers the deep desire for spiritual exploration beneath the self-consciously secular posture of the twentieth century Persian poetry.
Courses Taught at Washington University
Beginning Persian II. Pers.117D
Intermediate Persian II. Pers.217D
Advanced PersianI. Pers.316D
Advanced Persian II. Pers. 317D
The World of Islam: Unity in Diversity (New course). JNE
Between Submission and Power: Women and Family in Islam (New course).
Islamic Civilization. JNE210
Modem Near Eastern Literature, 1800 to the Present (team taught with Peter Heath and Nancy Berg). ANELL/Comp. Lit.
Imagery in Persian Lyric Poetry (New course). ANELL425
Modem Near Eastern Literatures (team taught with Peter Heath and Nancy Berg).
ANELL/ Comp. Lit.
Guided Readings in Persian. Pers.4982
Women Writers of Near and Far East (team taught with Nancy Berg and Rebecca
Copeland). ANELL 200
Lyrics of Mystical Love, East and West (New Course). Comp.Lit.390
Speaking for the Other: Orientalism and Literature (New Course). Com.Lit.392 (to
be offered Spring 2003).
Courses Taught at the Institute of Ismaili Studies
Readings in Advanced Persian (Graduate course) Introduction to Sufi Thought (New course)
To Make Extraordinary: The Role of Sacred Objects in Muslim Life and WorshipӔ Saint LouisUniversity, September 7.
“Flight of the Birds: the Poetic Animating the Spiritual in ‘Attars Mantiq al-tayr.” Conference on ‘Attar. LondonSchool of Oriental and African Studies, November 16.
“Dimensions of Islam: Tolerance and Diversity,” MeramecCommunity College, St.Louis, October 17.
“Collision and Coexistence: Relations between the West and the Islamic World.” The World Affair Council of St. Louis, June 4.
“Women and Citizenship Conference,” Commentator, WashingtonUniversity in St.Louis, April 12.
“Has the Time not Come for this Window to Open?: The Feminine, the Natural, and the Spiritual in Poetry of Forough Farrokhzad.” International and Global Studies Seminar Series, March 6.
“The Future of Women of Color at Work and at Home.” Keynote Address, Women of the Color Conference, WashingtonUniversity.
“Why Does Rumi’s Poetry Speak to All?” Middle EastCenter for Peace, Culture&Development, Georgia State University, March 20.
“Shirin as the Lover and Educator in the Khusraw va Shirin of Nizami.” March 19, Persian Circle, EmoryUniversity.
“The Dynamism of Imagery in the Lyric Poetry of Rumi.” The Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association.
Women of Color Conference, WashingtonUniversity.
Asian Art Society, St.LouisArt Museum lecture series. “Islamic Art in Cultural context.
Presentation and panel discussion on angels in Islam: “Angels from Different Angles.” St.LouisArt Museum in conjunction with the exhibition “Angels from the Vatican.”
Islamic Foundation of Greater St.Louis: “Islamic Art: Form and Function.”
WashingtonUniversity in St.Louis, Department of ANELL, Literary Hour 1996ԭ97: “Recite! In the Name of the Red Rose: Modernity and Redefining the Spiritual in Persian Poetry. ”
Discussant, Workshop on “Transitions from Mamluk to Ottoman, Ottoman to Modern Egypt.“WashingtonUniversity and the St.LouisArt Museum.
The Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs. Teacher workshop, St.Louis. “The Major Persian Festivals. ”
WashingtonUniversity in St.Louis, Department of ANELL, Literary Hour 199495: “Reading Mystical Lyric: The Case of Jalal aI-Din Rumi.”
University of Chicago, The Near Eastern StudiesCenter. “The Footless’ Journey in Nothingness’: Rumi’s Use of Illogical Tropes.
WashingtonUniversity in St.Louis, Women͒s Studies Colloquium: “Women in Post Revolutionary Iran: Personal Observations.”
University of Washington, Seattle. “Much Have I Roamed through the Worlds Far Quarters: In Search of Sa`di’s Self-Image.
St. LouisArt Museum, co-sponsored by WashingtonUniversity. “Islamic Art in Cultural Context.”
The American Association of University Women, St. Louis. Four lectures on “Women in Contemporary Islamic Societies.”
Discussant, Middle Eastern Literary Seminar, Duke University, North Carolina. “A Structural Analysis of the Mantiq al-tayr of Attar.”
The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London. “Reflections on Some Prominent Muslim Scientist.Ԕ
The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London. “The Islamic Roots of Sufism.”
The Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London. “Prominent Medical and Scientific Manuscripts in the Wellcome Persian Collection.”
University of Kent, Canterbury. “The Seven Stations on the Sufi Path.” Followed by additional discussion with PhD students writing on related topics.
The Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London. “Horoscope of Iskandar Sultan” (introducing a newly discovered manuscript).
CONFERENCE, PRESENTATION, PARTICIPATION
The World of Farid ad-Din Attar: Persian Poet and Mystic. London,School of Oriental and African Studies, November 16 (see above).
Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association. Paper entitled: “The Dynamism of Imagery in Rumi’s Poetry”
Attended a panel which discussed my book Reading Mystical Lyric: The Case of Jalal aI-Din Rumi. Annual meeting of Center for Iranian Research and Analysis, Portland, Oregon.
Annual Meeting of the American Oriental Society. Paper entitled: “Observing the Poems in Action: a New Approach to Mystical Lyric.”
WashingtonUniversity in St.Louis, the Twenty-Second Annual Mr. & Mrs. Spencer T. Olin Conference. Panelist.
Annual Meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Persian.
Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association. Paper entitled: “The Call to Prayer from the Cypress Tree: Sohrab Sepehri and redefining the Spiritual.
Annual Meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Persian.
Elected member of Task force for promotion of computer-aided teaching of Persian. Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association.
Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association. Paper entitled: “Convention and Innovation in the Divan- i Shams.”
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. The Oral Proficiency Interview Workshop in Chicago.
Annual Meeting of the American Association of the Teachers of Persian. Discussion of Proficiency Guidelines for Persian.
University of Washington, Seattle. Persian Proficiency Workshop.
WashingtonUniversity. Workshop on Islamic Literatures.
Annual Meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Persian. Discussion on Proficiency Guidelines for Persian.
Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association.
Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association. Presented a paper entitled: “Travel and Identity in Sa`di.”
“Middle Eastern Literatures and the World: Literary Encounters” Joint Literary Workshop with the Program on Comparative Literature, WashingtonUniversity, October 6-8.
The Annual Meeting of the Middle Eastern. Literary Seminar, WashingtonUniversity, March.
The Annual Meeting of the Middle Eastern Literary Seminar, WashingtonUniversity, March.
“New Approaches in the Study of Islamic Literatures,” WashingtonUniversity, May 3-4.
“The Axis of Love,Ԕ St. LouisHistoryMuseum.
“Dance and Spirituality, St. LouisHistoryMuseum.
“When the World Spoke Arabic,Ԕ St. LouisHistoryMuseum.
“Theme and Artistry: The Many Faces of Jalal ad-Din Rumi” The Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association.
American Association of Teachers of Persian
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Middle East Studies Association
Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland
Society for Iranian Studies
Iranian Cultural Society of theMidwest
Asian Art Society
SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION
Chair, Task Force for Computerization of Persian Teaching, American Association of Teachers of Persian, 1995-present
Member, Task Force for preparation of Proficiency Guidelines for Persian Language, American Association of Teachers of Persian, 1994
Evaluation of manuscript titled All the Kings Falcons: Rumi on Prophets and Revelation for the State University of New York Press, May 1993.
Evaluation of manuscript titled An American Feminist in the Dar al-Islamfor South Carolina University Press, May 1996.
SERVICE TO THE UNIVERSITY
Chair, Task Force on Mentoring, Association of Women Faculty 2000
AN ELLDepartment, Near Eastern Section Head, 1994-.
ANELL Department, Undergraduate Activities Committee Chair, 1991-93.
ANELL Department, Turkish Language Search Committee
Foreign Language Week Committee
Women Studies Advisory Committee, 1991-94
Center for the Study of Islamic Societies and Civilizations
Jewish and Near Eastern Studies Program Committee
Campus Review Committee, National Security Education Program. Freshman Advising (1991-92)
Ph.D. Examination Committee, Comparative Literature
Academic Orientation Seminar for International Students, 1992
PUBLIC RELATIONS LECTURES
WashingtonUniversity, WomenSocietyTown and Gown Lectures, 2002 on the Future of Afghanistan.
WashingtonUniversity,WomenSocietyTown and Gown Lecture, 1994.
The World Affairs Council of St. Louis, panel on “The World of Islam,” December, 1992.
Parents Council, Panel on “The Gulf Crisis,” April 1991.
The Cultural Society of Mid-West, MarylandHeightsCenter, Lecture on Rumi’s poetry, November 24.
Monthly poetry reading for the Persian speaking community in St. Louis and the WashingtonUniversity interested faculty and students.
InternationalHigh School, St. Louis. Two lectures on “The Islamic Art of Book Making.”
The American Association of University Women, St. Louis. “Women in Persian Literature.”
The World Affairs Council of St. Louis. Panel discussion on the “World of Islam.”
International Education Consortium. “Holidays and Festivals in the Middle East.
The Islamic Center of Greater St. Louis. “Happiness of the Individual: An Analysis of Human Relations in the QurҒan.”
Ladue Chapel, St. Louis. Two lectures on “Women in Islam” and “The Iranian Revolution.
Consulted by the Saint LouisArt Museum on the evaluation of the Persian Coin inscription.
Consulted by the Islamic Texts Society, Cambridge on the edition of the English translation of Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyah’s al-Tibb al-Nabawi.
Consulted by the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine on the purchase of a collection of rare Arabic medical manuscripts.
Consulted by the Agha Khan University, Pakistan on the purchase of two Persian scientific manuscripts for the University Library.
Consulted by the Institute of Ismaili Studies on the purchase of a 16th century illustrated Persian manuscript for the private collection of His Highness the Agha Khan leader of the Ismaili community