Testimonial by Kristof Szitar

PhD in Islam in India, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland

2 weeks 2020 Learn Persian Through the Shahname

Participants from all walks of life are invited to come together and to actively participate in friendly yet erudite Persian language discussions and to share their multidisciplinary insights.

This program offers a textual analysis of Firdausī’s immense creative output, and provides a historically and linguistically informed appreciation for Persianate literary cultures. Ruben’s etymological comments greatly facilitated the reading and interpreting of this literary masterpiece. Students can also benefit from the academic vocabulary of a carefully and meticulously selected set of additional readings in Persian. Ruben’s eloquence and impressing familiarity with various aspects of Iranian Studies is truly inspiring. One of the greatest feats of this course is that it maintains a subtle balance between thoroughgoing scrutiny and active engagement with Modern Persian. Yet another unique feature of this course is that some of the classes are followed by manuscript reading sessions dedicated to the examination of some of the earliest and most lavishly illuminated Shāhnāma manuscripts.

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Our Persian language courses are open to anyone with upper elementary or intermediate knowledge of the Persian language. The lectures are organized with the academic interests of our participants in mind. Students as well as researchers working in Iranian Studies and relevant fields will benefit the most from our courses.

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Other Testimonials.

Rachel Goshgarian

Associate Professor, Lafayette College, USA

“I was able to improve my Persian significantly while studying one of the most significant texts of medieval Iran and had fun being a part of the positive online learning community.”

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Piotr Szustakiewicz

MA student, University of Warsaw, Poland

“The course ”Learn Persian Through the Shahname” in which I took part in September 2020 was a wonderful experience.”

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Asael Benyami

MA student, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

“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.”

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