The Motif of the Cave and the Narrative Tradition of Nāṣir-i Khusraw in Badakhshan

The Motif of the Cave and the Narrative Tradition of Nāṣir-i Khusraw in Badakhshan

Professor Jo-Ann Gross (Professor of Middle Eastern and Central Eurasian History, The College of New Jersey)

 

Social Sciences Tea Room

April 11, 2012 at 4:30pm

 

 

 

This paper draws attention to the important role of oral tradition in Badakhshan through an analysis of the motif of the cave in narratives concerning Nāṣir-i Khusraw’s exile and burial in Yumgān, where Naṣir-i Khuraw spent the last fifteen to twenty years of his life and where his mazār is located. Utilizing a risāla and its various recensions dating from the fifteenth-century to the present, along with stories collected during the course of field research in Badakhshan between 2004-2008, the author will analyze the motif of the cave and the symbolic elements of enclosure related to parallel Islamic, Iranian and Central Asian traditions.

 

 

Co-sponsored by CEERES, MEHAT, and the Shi’ism Discussion Group.