As part of M&ARL’s outreach activities we network with specialists in areas of expertise supplementary to our own. On Wednesday we were pleased to welcome author, journalist and bibliophile Farhad Diba and his wife Firouzeh Rastegar and other colleagues and guests came to view a selection of our Persian manuscripts. Firouzeh Rastegar’s son Hashem Arouzi is on the Board of Trustees of the Iran Heritage Foundation London.
There are over 70 manuscripts in Persian in M&ARL. They include literary and historical works, grammars or dictionaries and epistolary material. The earliest known type of recorded script, cuneiform, comes from Persia, present-day Iran. Some of the Library’s cuneiform tablets are currently on display in the Long Room along with an eighteenth-century copy of the epic Persian poem the Shah Nâmeh.