Learn Persian Through Rumi's Masnavi
2 weeks, from Jan 04, 2021 to Jan 15, 2021


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Armenian School of Languages and Cultures - ASPIRANTUM is inviting you to apply to the “Learn Persian through Rumi’s Masnavi” online course. The full course will last for 2 weeks, but students may choose to participate in the first week only. This online course will start on January 04, 2021 and will last till January 15, 2021.

The testimonials of ASPIRANTUM Persian language summer, winter and online school alumni are available here: https://aspirantum.com/testimonials

“Learn Persian through Rumi’s Masnavi” is a near advanced course and students will need to have a solid background of Persian with at least intermediate skills in Persian reading comprehension.

The “Learn Persian through Rumi’s Masnavi” online course will help the participants to master skills in Persian, particularly in reading and interpreting Persian classical poetry, deepen their knowledge of the Masnavi and learn the various meanings of Persian words.

The 2 weeks “Learn Persian through Rumi’s Masnavi” online course offers 40 hours of intensive Persian language classes during 10 days of teaching (from Monday till Friday each week). Every day the participants will receive Persian language instruction through the Rumi’s Masnavi for 4 hours. In addition to reading and discussing the Masnavi every day, the students will also read an article in Persian by an Iranian scholar about a unique aspect of the Masnavi. These readings are available in our syllabus. Every day the class will start with a discussion of the homework and the mentioned article. Following this, the class will read, interpret and decipher one or several stories from the Masnavi. Each day's class will end with discussion and questions.

The full syllabus of the “Learn Persian through Rumi’s Masnavi” online course is available here: https://aspirantum.com/curriculum/learn-persian-through-rumi-masnavi-syllabus 

We are planning to start the online classes at 9 PM Yerevan time. This time was chosen in order to accommodate students from both European and American countries. Depending on the geographic location of applicants, the time may be changed and all applicants will be informed about these changes prior to the start of the course.

Each four-hour day will be divided into the following sections:

First class - homework and discussion of homework article
Second class - Reading Masnavi
Third class - Reading Masnavi
Fourth class - Discussion and questions

During the “Learn Persian through Rumi’s Masnavi” classes, the following components will be covered every day to foster the Persian language knowledge of the participants:

Grammar: Every day, we will cover the main grammatical concepts of the Masnavi along with their parallels in modern Persian.
Vocabulary: During the 2-week course it is anticipated that the participants will learn around 500 or more Persian words that will facilitate their further study of Classical Persian literature.
Listening: The classes are scheduled in a way so that each day participants will also listen to audio recordings of the Masnavi.
Speaking: Every day the classes will push the students to exercise their speaking abilities through discussions, conversations and role-plays about various stories of the Masnavi.
Writing: Each day the participants will have assignments and homework to complete for the next day.
Reading: Every day, students will read and discuss the text of the Masnavi. The corpus of texts to be read and discussed during the classes will include various stories from the Masnavi.

This Persian language school is designed for participants who want to make well-grounded progress in their knowledge of the Persian language, deepen their knowledge of Persian grammar, the literary language and classical poetry through Rumi’s Masnavi.

The “Learn Persian through Rumi’s Masnavi” online course will have 1 group of up to 12 participants. The participants must have at least an intermediate level of Persian knowledge before starting this course with ASPIRANTUM.

ASPIRANTUM’s Persian language schools are organized in a way that undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and professors as well as anyone interested in learning Persian through the Masnavi will benefit from it. Thus, everyone with an intermediate level of Persian is welcome to apply and participate in ASPIRANTUM’s “Learn Persian through Rumi’s Masnavi” course from January 04, 2021 till January 15, 2021, online.


The deadline to apply to the 1 or 2 weeks  “Learn Persian through Rumi’s Masnavi” online course is December 21, 2020.

To apply, please fill in the application form below.

Participation fee:

The participation fee is 600 USD if you only participate in the first week of the course. The participation fee for the two-week full course is $900.


Need-based discounts will also be available. Please send an email to [email protected] describing your situation and we will consider your case individually.

Each participant of the online school may find sources of financial aid from their own University/School/Community or other relevant foundations.

Letter of Invitation

If necessary, ASPIRANTUM will provide applicants with an official letter to support scholarship applications.

Maximum capacity in the group: 12 students

Communication medium: The online course will be organized through Zoom.

To apply please fill in the application form below.

Registered participants should send 100% of the participation fee before December 28, 2020 online via debit/credit (Visa or Mastercard).

For questions and inquiries please contact [email protected] or Whatsapp Dr. Khachik Gevorgyan +374-91-557978

To apply, please fill in the application form below.


  • “As a long time and advanced learner of Persian, I was highly impressed by the quality of the instruction and gained myself much from it.”
    Asael Benyami
    MA student, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • “The Shāhnāma course was a great way to learn Persian by sparing with a classical Persian text. Students left with a better understanding of Firdawsī’s magnum opus (shāhkār) and will never envision the Shāhnāma the same way again.”
    Christopher "Carson" Conlon
    MPhil, Islamic Studies and History, University of Oxford, UK
  • “I shall look forward, time and circumstances permitting, to participating in some of the other Persian courses that Aspiratum plans in the future.”
    Husain Kazmi MD
    Independent Scholar, USA
  • “The course ”Learn Persian Through the Shahname” in which I took part in September 2020 was a wonderful experience.”
    Piotr Szustakiewicz
    MA student, University of Warsaw, Poland


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Fanoos Faroughi

Instructor of Persian Language

Fanoos Faroughi teaches the students not only to read and understand Rumi's Masnavi, but also shows the participants the ways to read and understand other classical Persian masterpieces.

Course Syllabus

Learn Persian through Rumi's Masnavi Syllabus

The course is about one of Rumi’s Masterpieces, the Masnavi Ma’navi. The aim of this course is to advance and improve participants’ knowledge of the Persian language through studying the mostly colloquial language style of the work as is still practiced by Persian speakers. The conversation and discussion units of each teaching day will provide the participants with a chance for more interactive immersion experiences. The aim is that by the end of the course the participants are expected to be able to recognize the widely used verses of the Masnavi as proverbs and metaphors in everyday language. Each day will focus on intense readings of the Masnavi, explanations of difficult words, lexical variations and verse semantics, as well as the individual words and their function within the tales and stories.

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Applications for this course are closed

For inquiries please contact [email protected]