This book is a description and an analysis of the sung poetry of the Ismailis from Tajik Badakhshan and is based on material collected during fieldwork in the Pamir Mountains, in the south-east of the Central Asian republic of Tajikistan. The Ismailis of Badakhshan have a rich religious and poetic tradition which has largely been handed down orally. The book contains an extensive anthology containing transcripts of the poetry recorded during fieldwork. This poetry, both in Persian and in Pamir languages, has never been published before.
About the Author
Contributor Biography - English Gabrielle Rachel van den BergMA Persian: February 1991PhD Persian: October 19972003-2006 Lecturer in Persian, Department of Languages and Cultures of the Middle East, University of Leiden 2001-2004 Researcher for the project 'A Pictorial Corpus of the Shahnama', University of Cambridge and University of Edinburgh2000-2003 Researcher for the project 'Living Traditions of the Ismaili World: The Case of Tajik Badakhshan', Institute of Ismaili Studies, London2002-2003 Lecturer in Persian, IPHO, University of Brussels (ULB)1998-2001 E.G. Browne Lecturer in Persian, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Cambridge1997-1998 Lecturer in Persian, Department of Languages and Cultures of the Islamic Middle East, University of Leiden 1992-1996 Researcher at the School CNWS for Asian, African and Amerindian Studies, University of Leiden