The book Spectrum of Persian Literature is a compendium of articles written by the author on various aspects of Persian literature. It represents a wide spectrum of Persian language and literature through an array of topics ranging from classical Persian literature to Indo-Persian and Modern Persian literatures. Moreover, the book discusses the moral, ethical and mystical aspects of Persian literature. It further elaborates on the magical effect of poetry and joy and pleasure associated with good poetry. The book also takes into its gamut the rich Indo-Persian literary traditions through extensive researches on two great exponents of Indo-Persian literature viz. Mirza Ghalib and Sir Mohammad Iqbal. The literary atmosphere of India during seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the rise and fall of Chishtiya order etc. finds special mention in the book. The book further deals with two of the greatest critics and writers of Iran, namely, Ahmad Kasravi and Sadeq Hedayat respectively.
Md. Arshadul Quadri is presently Assistant Professor in the Department of Persian, University of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. He obtained his M.A., M.Phil and Ph.D degrees from Centre of Persian and Central Asian Studies, JNU. He has completed Ph.D from JNU on the topic entitled “Persian Studies in Calcutta.” He has worked on the Persian letters of Ghalib for his M.Phil dissertation. He was the recipient of Jawahar Bhawan Merit-Cum-Means Scholarship for securing highest CGPA (8.64) in the School of Languages, Literature and Culture Studies, JNU. Quadri has presented several scholarly papers in the national and international seminars in India and abroad. He has presented a paper on “Reception of India in the Works of Sadeq Hedayat” in Iranian Studies Conference in Vienna in the year 2016. His paper on Iqbal and Imperialism in an international seminar at IIC in 2018 was highly appreciated. He has been regularly contributing scholarly papers in the reputed journals of India and abroad. Quadri is a diligent researcher and has a flair for Indo-Persian literature. He has been actively engaged in organizing seminars, conferences and symposia in his Department. Quadri knows Urdu, Hindi, English and Persian. His area of interest includes Indo-Persian Literature with a focus on Ghalib and Iqbal.