Although the Stobaugh text focuses on the "Ruba'iyat" (questions below), this year we'll be expanding our study of Persian Poetry to include several other authors who have proved pivotal both to Persian literature and worldview.
Sanai, The Walled Garden of Truth (p. 31-33, 37).
1. Find three references that coincide to the Hebrew Bible/Christian Old Testament. Be specific.
2. On p. 31, Sanai writes, "He causes movement, and causes rest." To what Greek concept is the poet referring?
3. In what way does Sanai's understanding of God differ from that of the Hebrew Bible?
4. According to Sanai, how can we come to know God?
5. What is the moral of the story of the blind men and the elephant?
Khayyam, The Rubaiyat (1-20 only; p. 25-34).
1. To what is the poet referring when he writes about the "white hand of Moses"?
2. Who is Jamshy'd? Who is Kaikobad?
3. What separates sultan and slave (stanza 11)?
4. Why is the poet waiting for paradise?
5. What happens to worldly hope?
6. What happened to the great kings?
Quran, Sura Ibrahim (14) [Click "Show English" at the bottom of the page]
1. What language do the Rasools (prophets) speak? Why?
2. What is the startling revelation in v. 4?
3. What is the power of Shaitan?
4. What will happen to those who oppose the truth?
5. How do the Rasools describe a good word?
6. Which characters does the chapter share in common with the Torah?