Testimonial by Modje Taavon

Ph.D. Student, Comparative and World Literature, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

1 week 2024 Learn Persian through Qabus-Nameh

Aspirantum’s Qābūs-Nāma course has been an incredible deep dive into one of the most interesting exemplars of the classical Persian ‘mirrors for princes’ tradition. Ruben is a gifted teacher with a wide breadth and depth of knowledge of the Middle and Classical Persian languages and literatures across its many instantiations. Ruben is also very generous with his time, his knowledge, and his resources. The course is well-structured; the homework translations and in-class reviews are incredibly useful when attempting to grapple with the intricacies of Classical Persian grammar, and the group dynamics allow for a team effort in understanding the language. I heartily recommend studying Persian with Ruben and Aspirantum, and I look forward to future courses.

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Ali Hassan

Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, USA

“Everyone at ASPIRANTUM is so friendly and knowledgeable; I cannot recommend this program highly enough! I love how ASPIRANTUM uses the classics of Persian literature to teach the language in an engaging and immediately gratifying way.”

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Jeson Ng

PhD student, University of Chicago, USA

“I am glad to have taken this short but thorough online course at ASPIRANTUM. In just a week of reading the Qabus-nama together with our instructor, Ruben Nikoghosyan, I learned a lot about early classical Persian that is often not taught explicitly or systematically enough when these older texts are approached from the perspective of modern Persian studies.”

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Seerwan Hariry

Georgetown University in Qatar

“My brief but immensely fulfilling experience with Persian lessons left an indelible mark on me. I am deeply grateful for the expertise, dedication, and warmth of my instructor; I eagerly anticipate continuing this enriching journey of discovery.”

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