LOVE AND DEVOTION: FROM PERSIA AND BEYOND ­ AN EXHIBITION AT THE SLV – TAASA Review March 2012

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Susan Scollay T he international exhibition, Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond is the result of a unique partnership between the State Library of Victoria (SLV) and the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford.

It is the first major exhibition of Persian manuscripts to be held in Australia, and will focus on the beauty of the manuscripts and the stories of human and divine love that are told through their pages.

These tales were copied and sometimes reinterpreted over time, reaching far beyond the borders of Iran, speaking to the heart and soul of vast areas of Asia. The other-worldly atmosphere and universal themes of Persian narrative and mystical poetry appealed especially to audiences in northern India during the Mughal era, and also in the territories ruled by the Seljuqs and later the Ottomans in Anatolia and further west in the region of modern-day Turkey...