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Paul Losensky :: Faculty

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Professor, Central Eurasian Studies
Professor, Comparative Literature

Office: Ballantine Hall 917
Phone: (812) 855-6242


PhD, University of Chicago, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, 1993
BA, University of Chicago, Linguistics, 1979

Research Interests

Persian literature and literary history, in particular the literature of the 16th and 17th centuries in Iran, India, and Central Asia; literature, architecture, and topography; Sufism and literature; comparative studies in the Baroque; translation and translation studies.

Courses Recently Taught

Publication Highlights


Welcoming Fighānī: Imitation and Poetic Individuality in the Safavid-Mughal Ghazal (Costa Mesa, CA, 1998)

Memorial of God’s Friends: Selected Biographies from Farid al-Din ‘Attār’s Tazkerat al-owliyā′, translated with an introduction and annotations (publication expected in 2008).

Selected articles

“The Palace of Praise and the Melons of Time: Descriptive Patterns in ′Abdī Shīrāzī’s Garden of Eden,” in Eurasian Studies 2 (2003): 1-29

“‘The Equal of Heaven’s Vault’: The Design, Ceremony, and Poetry of the ‘asanābād Bridge,” in Writers and Rulers: Perspectives on their Relationship from Abbasid to Safavid Times, ed. B. Grundler and L. Marlow (Wiesbaden, 2004): 195-216

“Words and Deeds: Message and Structure in ‘Attār’s Tadhkirat al-awliyā′,” in ‘Attār and the Persian Sufi Tradition, ed. L. Lewisohn and C. Shackle(London, 2006): 75-92; “Linguistic and Rhetorical Aspects of the Signature Verse (takhallus) in the Persian Ghazal,” in Edebiyat 8 (1997): 239-71.

Current Research Projects