The Persian Art of Persuasion
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March 23, 2022

The Persian Art of Persuasion

How to convince a Prince? In this episode, Faraz Alidina talks to Lucie Laumonier about his work on Persian literature. Faraz researches more specifically the works of a poet named Attar, who lived in Iran in the late twelfth and early thirteenth century. Attar mastered the art of rhetoric and persuasion through the telling of fables, in the manner of the stories of the One Thousand and One Nights.

Faraz Alidina is a PhD candidate at the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto. You can follow Faraz on or on Twitter @FarazAlidina

You can also read here how Faraz won the 2021 Three Minute Thesis final

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Lucie Laumonier is an affiliate assistant professor at Concordia University. Click here to view her page or follow her on Instagram at The French Medievalist. She is also a columnist on, writing about agriculture and rural life in the Middle Ages.

The music in this podcast is La douce jouvencelle

Top Image: Farid Al Din Attar in Pergamon Museum – Rami radwan / Wikimedia Commons March 23, 2022 at 12:25AM

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