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Peter Chelkowski studied Oriental Philology at the Jagiellonian University, and Theater Arts at the School of Drama in the city of Cracow. Later, when he moved to England, he attended the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) where he studied Islamic Middle East History and Culture. Later still, he went to Iran and studied Persian Literature with several distinguished professors and scholars at the University of Tehran. These experiences and his education in various countries with diverse languages and cultures contribute to and are reflected in his teaching and writings. Since 1968, he has been Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University.

Prof. Chelkowski contributed the essay “From Rūmī’s Mathnawī to the Popular Stage,” co-written with Iraj Anvar, to the volume The Philosophy of Ecstasy: Rumi and the Sufi Tradition.

Chelkowski's major publications include, Mirror of the Invisible World, (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1975); Ta'ziyeh: Ritual and Drama in Iran, (New York, NYU Press, 1979); Staging A Revolution: The Art of Persuasion in the Islamic Republic of Iran, co-authored with H. Dabashi (London, Booth Clibborn Editions, 1999); and Eternal Performance: Ta’ziyeh and Other Shiite Rituals, ed. (Calcutta, Seagull Books, 2010).

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