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CSI'S Monday Majlis: Rahim Gholami

The soul’s fulfilment in Nāṣir-e Khusraw’s The Wayfarer’s Sojourn at the Banquet

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The purpose of The Wayfarer’s Sojourn at the Banquet, in Nāṣir-e Khusraw’s view, seems to be the soul's fulfilment when it is assured of immortality beyond abstract representation, as in the posthumous lives of authors through their works of art and literature. If we could have asked Nāṣir-e Khusraw today, he might have well agreed with Woody Allen in saying: “I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying.”
Rahim Gholami is Research Associate at the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London. In 2013, he was awarded the IIS Doctoral Scholarship to pursue a PhD (parttime) in Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter and he received his PhD degree in October 2021. The publication of his thesis is forthcoming: The Banquet of the Brethren: The Hermeneutics of Nāṣir-i Khusraw’s Esoteric Guidance (An introduction, English translation and critical Persian edition of Nāṣir-i Khusraw’s Khwān al-Ikhwān).