From Neo-Platonism to Peasant Uprising: The Image of Nasir-i Khusraw and Ismailism in Soviet Orientalism | Eastblog

Daniel BebenAt EAST seminar on October 24, 2013, Daniel Beben will discuss with us his research on the image of Nasir-i Khusraw and Ismailism in Soviet Orientalism. Nasir-i Khusraw was a prominent Persian poet, philosopher, and traveler of the eleventh century.  Aside from his literary heritage, Nasir-i Khusraw also served as a missionary for the Ismaili sect of Shia Islam and his name is credited with the conversion and foundation of the Ismaili communities of Central Asia.

From Neo-Platonism to Peasant Uprising: The Image of Nasir-i Khusraw and Ismailism in Soviet Orientalism | EastblogIn the 20th century many of the territories inhabited by Ismailis in Central Asia came under Soviet rule and the figure of Nasir-i Khusraw in later decades became a popular fixture of Soviet orientalism.  While Nasir-i Khusraw was largely ignored by Soviet ideology in the early decades of the Soviet era, beginning in the 1940s his figure underwent two dramatic transformations: first, as an exemplar of the Tajik literary heritage and a signpost of an emerging Tajik national identity, and second as a “proto-Bolshevik” philosopher of class warfare and anti-clericalism.

via EAST Seminar: From Neo-Platonism to Peasant Uprising: The Image of Nasir-i Khusraw and Ismailism in Soviet Orientalism | Eastblog.

Earlier related: Daniel Beben: Jami‘ al-salasil and the Place of Nasir-i Khusraw in the Central Asian Sufi Tradition

http://iub.academia.edu/DanielBeben
http://www.iub.edu/~ceus/graduates/students/dbeben.shtml

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