The Poet and the Poem
Featured Fatemeh Keshavarz
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Fatemeh Keshavarz holds the Roshan Chair in Persian Studies and directs the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at University of Maryland, College Park. She is a published poet and author of Six monographs including Reading Mystical Lyric: the Case of Jalal al-Din Rumi and Recite in the Name of the Red Rose: Poetic Sacred Making in Twentieth Century Iran (winners, Choice Magazine Award). Her book Jasmines and Stars: Reading more than Lolita in Tehran was described by ALA Booklist as an excellent counterpoint to Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran.
In 2007, Keshavarz addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations about the significance of cultural education for world peace. The show “Speaking of Faith” featuring her in the hour-long episode “The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi,” received the 2008 Peabody Award. In 2015, Edinburgh University Press published her latest monograph Lyrics of Life: Sa’di on Love, Cosmopolitanism, and Care of the Self.