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Alan Williams is Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Religion at the University of Manchester. He is the author of several books on Zoroastrian and Islamic literature in Iranian languages and is one of the few scholars of ancient Iranian languages who also works on Classical Persian texts of the medieval period. He also translates modern Persian poetry.

Prof. Williams contributed the essay “Open Heart Surgery: The Poetic Operation of Love in Rūmī’s Mathnawī” to the volume The Philosophy of Ecstasy: Rumi and the Sufi Tradition.

The publications of Prof. Williams include the Pahlavi Rivāyat Accompanying the Dādestān ī Dēnīg; Rumi Spiritual Verses Masnavi-ye Ma’navi; The Zoroastrian Myth of Migration from Iran... Qesse-ye Sanjān; In the Mirror of the Stream (ed., with translations of poems of Shafi’i Kadkani and paintings by Pari Azarm Motamedi,) and Parsi Settlement in India and The Diaspora (ed. with John R. Hinnells). He is currently British Academy Wolfson Research Professor, on extended research leave from the University of Manchester, to work on his new translation and commentary of Rumi’s Masnavi.

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