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News number: 8710301647

17:46 | 2009-01-19

Culture

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Iran to Unveil Oldest Hafez Manuscripts

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran is set to unveil a book containing the oldest manuscript of poems composed by the Persian poet Hafez found at Oxford University.



The book includes 49 sonnets and a single couplet found by Ali Ferdowsi along with his comparative study of the poems with the existing reliable versions.

Iranian scholar Ali Ferdowsi is an Associate Professor of the Department of History and Political Science in Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, California.

The manuscripts which were found in the University of Oxford's Bodleian Library, date back to the final days of the mystic poet's life.

The texts are penned by a contemporary of Hafez and are the first of their kind. The oldest version of Hafez manuscripts found before Ferdowsi's discovery dated back to the early 15th century.

Known for his beautiful lyrical poems, Hafez has greatly influenced numerous Persian and Western writers including Ralph Waldo Emerson and Goethe.