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The Art of Celebrating: Life at the court as represented in Ghaznavid and Saljuq Court Poetry

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The first substantial amount of classical Persian poetry dates from the 11th century. A large part of the poetry that has come down to us has been composed for the Ghaznavid and Saljuq dynasties (11th-12th century), who ruled semi-independently over large territories of the eastern caliphate, in Khurasan and Central Asia. The poetry of this period has been of vital importance for the development of a flourishing poetical tradition in the centuries to follow. I would like to focus in the lecture on the representations of court life in Ghaznavid and Saljuq court poetry, in particular on the ways Islamic and pre-Islamic feasts come to the fore in Ghaznavid and Saljuq poetry.

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