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A native of Iran, Fatemeh Keshavarz is a professor of Persian and comparative literature and chair of the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and Literatures at Washington University in St. Louis. She is the author of Reading Mystical Lyric: The Case of Jalal al-Din Rumi.
"Recite in the Name of the Red Rose is a compelling and provocative book. Fatemeh Keshavarz shifts focus away from the familiar binaries of religious/secular and modern/traditional to offer a multi-layered analysis of Iranian poetry and its inherent push and pull between continuity and change, compliance and resistance, mundane and spiritual. This is a welcome addition to the growing and exciting body of works on Iranian literature."—Farzaneh Milani, professor of Persian and women's studies and director of Studies in Women and Gender at the University of Virginia
"Fatemeh Keshavarz's Recite in the Name of the Red Rose is a brilliant, lucid, and highly original study of the religious aspects of modern Persian literature. It is a breakthrough, not only in the sense that it creates a genuine cross-disciplinary fusion of religious studies and literary criticism, but also in the way that it brings about a dramatic revision of how we understand Persian literature in general."—Carl W. Ernst, William R. Kenan Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies and director of the Carolina Center for the Study of Middle East and Muslim Civilizations at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
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