Heshmat Moayyad

Professor of Persian
Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Pick Hall 217

hmoayyad@uchicago.edu
Ph.D. University of Frankfurt, 1958.
Taught at Chicago from 1966-2010.

Special Interests

Classical Persian Literature, Modern Persian Literature, Medieval Persian Mystics, 19th-20th Century Persian Culture.

An interest in Sufi literature led Heshmat Moayyad to the little known Ahmad-e Gam (1049-1141) who became the focus of his dissertation and resulted in the first edition of "The Vita and Legends around the Life of Ahmad-e Gam".

In recent years Professor Moayyad has worked on 20th century poetry and prose with a special interest in Parvin E'tesami and Hushang Golshiri.

His interest in Baha'i poetry of Iran has resulted in a number of articles as well.

Education

Licencie, The University of Tehran, 1949 (Persian and Arabic)
Ph.D., University of Frankfurt a. M., Germany, 1958 (Persian Literature, Islamic Studies, German)

Selected Publications

Books
  • Die Maqamat des Gaznavi, eine legendaere Vita Ahmad-e Gam's, genannt Zandapil (441-536/1049-1141).
  • Maqamat-e Zandapil Ahmad-e Gam. Editio princeps of the 12th century text by Sadid al-Din Mohammad Ghaznavi.Tehran, 1961. Second edition 1967.
  • Rowzat al-Rayahin. Editio princeps of the 15th century text by Darvish Ali Buzgani, Tehran, 1966.
  • The Baha'i Faith and Islam (ed.), Proceedings of the First Conference for the Study of the Baha'i Faith and Islam, McGill University 1984.
  • Fara'id-e Ghiathi. Editio princeps, Tehran, volume 1, 1977, volume 2, 1979. Both volumes together with volume 3 and 4 will appear as a set in Teheran in 2002/2003.
  • Divan-e Parvin E'tesami. Mazda Publisher 1987.
  • Stories from Iran. A Chicago Anthology 1921-1991 (ed.), Mage Publishers, 1991, 4th reprint 1997.
  • Once A Dewdrop. Essays on the Poetry of Parvin E'tesamii (ed.). Mazda Publishers, 1994.
Selected Articles
  • "Lyric Poetry".A chapter in: Persian Literature, ed. Ehsan Yarshater. Columbia University, 1988, pp. 120-46
  • "Dar Madar-e Nezami 1: Hasht Behesht-Haft Akhtar" (In the Orbit of Nezami I: A Comparative analysis of Amir-Khosrow's Hasht Behesht and Abdi Beg's Haft Akhtar, Persian). Iranshenasi 2/1990/135-59
  • "Scholarly Dilettantism and Tampering with History". YAD-NAMA, In Memoria di Alessandro Bausani, vol. 1, University of Rome 1991, pp. 327-333
  • "Dar Madar-e Nezami 4: Moqalledan-e Khosrow va Shirin-e Nezami"(In the Orbit of Nezami 4 : On imitations of Nezami's Khosrow va Shirin). Iranshenasi 5/1993/72-88
  • "Badr-e Shervani va Ash'arash. Nazari be Divani Baz-yafteh"(On the poet Badr of Shirvan and his newly found collection of poems). In: Persian Studies in America. Studies in Honor of Mohammad Ali Jazayery, ed. by Mehdi Marashi. Iranbooks 1994, pp.60-115
  • "Moruri bar Nathr-e Farsi-ye Mo'aser" (On modern Persian prose, its development and its problems). In: Khusheha'i az Kharman-e Adab va Honar, Landegg Academy, Switzerland, vol.6/1995/239-58
  • "Nathr-e Dastan-nevisi-yi Farsi" (On the prose of novelists and short story writers). In: Khusheha'i az Kharman-e Adab va Honar, Landegg Academy, Switzerland, vol.6/1995/259-74
  • "Parvin E'tesami's Niche in the Pantheon of Persian Poetry." Essays on the Poetry of Parvin E'tesamii,Mazda Publishers 1994, pp.160-87
  • Dar madar-e Nezami 5: Atashi Qandahari, Sarayandeh-ye Gol-e Rangin" (In the Orbit of Nezami 5: Atashi Qandahari and his poem Gol-e Rangin, discovered in 1988 in India), Iranshenasi 7/1995/293-302
  • Sargozasht-e Zan-e Parsa-ye 'Attar (traces the background of one of 'Attar's longest stories to its earliest known sources). Iranshenasi 9/1997/427-42. Reprinted in Jashn-name (Festschrift) ye Zabihallah Safa. Teheran 1998,pp. 434-53.
  • Goethe dar Aine-ye Sa'di (Goethe's adaptations from Sa'di in his West-Ostlicher Divan). On the occasion of the 250th anniversary of Goethe's birth. Iranshenasi, vol. 11/199/pp. 36-58
  • Sa'di and Goethe (an appendix to the former article), Iranshenasi, vol. 11/1999
  • "On Eradication of Religious, Racial, and National Prejudice". A chapter in "Rowzaneha-ye Omid" (Windows of Hope). Luxembourg 2000/pp. 253-70
  • "Persian Baha'i Poetry 1850/1950". Khusheha, vol.12, 2001/pp.95-114
  • "Ravesh-e Pajuheshha-ye Enteqadi-ye Adabiyat va Tarikh dar Qarn-e Bistom dar Iran" (Methods of Academic Research in Literature and History in 20th Century Iran). Khusheha, vol.12, 2001, pp. 21-31
  • "Pajuheshgaran-e Adabiyat va Tarikh as Qazvini ta Kadkani" (Distinguished Researchers in Literature and History of Iran from Muh. Qazvini to Muh. Reza Kadkani). Khusheha, vol. 12, 2001/pp. 33-54
  • "Chahar Nameh-ye 'Asheqaneh. By Zain al'Din Qodsi". (Four love letters by Qodsi to an unnamed woman from ca. 1260-1300 AD.). Edited and analyzed, Iranshenasi 13/2001/pp. 46-53
Selected Translations
  • S. Hedayat: Die Blinde Eule. Geneva 1960
  • Hellmut Ritter: die Anfaenge der Hurufi Sekte. Farhang-e Iran Zamin, 1962.
  • M. A. Jamalzadeh: Once Upon A Time. Bibliotheca Persica, 1985.
  • A Nightingale's Lament (82 poems of Parvin E'tesamii). Mazda Publishers 1985.

Over 70 articles, book chapters and entries, over 80 book reviews in English, German and Persian.