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Persianate Culture

28 Oct 2019 21:55

Yet Another Inadequate Placeholder

There was a long period when Persian was a language used for high culture across a very big stretch of Eurasia --- from the Ottoman empire in the west through Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asia, through much of India to Bengal in the east. Styles of art, dress, food, personal behavior, etc., came along with this. Having grown up with a grandfather who was raised a Persian speaker steeped in this tradition (his criterion for saying that his English was imperfect was that he couldn't compose original poetry in it, though he extemporized verse translations from the Persian poets all the time), I'm interested in studying it.

(And I have to study it, because I wasn't raised in it.)


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