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Book details
  • SubGenre:Persian
  • Language:English
  • Pages:200
  • Hardcover ISBN:9781667878034

Dreams of Persia

A Collection of Timeless Persian Sayings and Proverbs

by Ab Sadeghi-Nejad, MD

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Dreams of Persia is a compilation of almost 100 common Persian sayings and proverbs. All sayings are written in Farsi and English with a phonetic guide for those who are not fluent in Farsi. Each saying has an English explanation and when appropriate, the English equivalent is given. Each saying is displayed on its own page, with a beautiful and unique background of Islamic/Persian art. Dreams of Persia aims to present the reader with a small sample of the poetic and figurative language and culture of Persia, but is not a comprehensive collection of sayings. It is of particular appeal to those interested in Persia or in learning, understanding, or remembering colloquial Farsi sayings. Due to its artistic layout, it would also be an excellent gift. The book is appropriate for adults as well as older children and adolescents.
Persian history dates back thousands of years. Over the years, the rich Persian culture and language, have left their mark everywhere worldwide. One place where the culture is best seen is in the expressive and figurative language used colloquially by everyday Iranians. Dreams of Persia is an extensive selection of Persian sayings and proverbs. This hardcover coffee table book, adorned by a photo of the famed dome of the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in Esfahan, Iran, presents almost 100 common sayings and their English explanations. Every beautiful page includes a Persian saying or proverb written in Farsi, with a phonetic guide, and English translation, all on full-page, unique Islamic/Perisan art backgrounds. Dreams of Persia aims to present the reader with a small sample of the Persian culture and language, and is of particular appeal to those interested in Persia, or learning Farsi. Second-generation Iranians and those living outside of Iran will also appreciate Dreams of Persia, as it will help deepen their understanding of Persian culture. The book is appropriate for adults as well as adolescents and older children. Dreams of Persia is not a comprehensive collection of Persian/Farsi sayings and proverbs. Neither is it a scholarly work. It is a small sample of common colloquial language used by ordinary people in their daily lives.
About the author
Ab Sadeghi-Nejad, MD is Professor of Pediatrics, Emeritus, at Tufts University School of Medicine and Chief Emeritus of Pediatric Endocrinology at Tufts Children's Hospital (Boston Floating Hospital). Ab was born in Mashhad, Iran. He immigrated to the United States in 1958, attending Beloit College in Beloit, WI, and the University of Chicago Medical School. He completed a post-graduate residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center as well as fellowships in Pediatric Endocrinology at Tufts Medical Center in Boston and the University of California, San Francisco. Ab returned to Tufts in 1970, retiring in 2019 after 50 years of service. He was named Distinguished Faculty in 2013 and Emeritus Professor and Chief in 2020. Ab has lectured extensively on Pediatric Endocrinology and Medical Ethics nationally and internationally. He is the author and coauthor of numerous articles and book chapters. Ab married Marion M. Marquardt, PhD in 1974. They have two children and four grandchildren. The couple lives in Chestnut Hill, MA.