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The persian fables "Anvar-i Suhayli" ("Kalila and Dimna")
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Les fables persanes du Anvar-E- Sohayli

Length: 0h 55mn 10s 23
Language: French
Video of an interview with researcher   Shot  on  lundi 13 novembre 2006  in  FMSH - Paris, France


Christine Van Ruymbeke, Interviewee
researcher -iranologist, teacher in persian language and literature
University of Cambridge (UK)

Christine Van Ruymbeke teaches the Persian language and literature in the University of Cambridge (UK) at the department of oriental studies. She performes researches on Persian medieval literature and particularly she studies the rhetorics, pictures, techniques of the classical poets such Firdowsi (persian poet) and Nizami (azerbaijanian poet). She also gives lessons dedicated to the art of the book in Islamic East. Her approach is to put in context - historical and literary - the famous manuscripts of the Persian world.


Presentation of Dr Christina Van Ruymbeke

Scientific discipline(s)

Literary sciences and studies
Political Science

In this interview Christine Van Ruymbeke speaks about her researches and analysis work on the text "Anvar-i Suhayli" by the author Vaez Kashefi. This book is the third version of the famous persian fables of "Kalila and Dimna" ("Kalîla wa Dimna"). These fables, of indian origin, were been translated first into Pahlavi, the persian language, in VI c., then into Arabic by Ibn al-Muqaffa towards 757. Under the veiled form of the fable, tho heroes - jackals named Kalîla and Dimna relate intrigues of courtyard, give advice and issue rules of behaviour. Christine Van Ruymbeke consideres that Va' ez Kashefi, by eliminating a certain number of additions in Ibn al-Muqaffa 's version, returns to the original sources of the text. Morality disappears to make room for true lessons of political education for the use of the prince. These fables teach to how to do for keeping the power even if it means using the sliest methods. Christine Van Ruymbeke makes a link between these fables and the famous text of Machiavelli “The Prince”.

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