Love and Existence

Analytical Study of Ahmadi Khnai's Tragedy of Mem u Zin

by Kamal Mirawdeli



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/28/2012

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 666
ISBN : 9781477230664
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 666
ISBN : 9781477230671
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 666
ISBN : 9781477231180

About the Book

This work is a scholarly study of Ahmadi Khani’s Mem û Zîn, the most famous and the most important text of Kurdish classical literature. The study is totally original and is based on methodical in-depth textual analysis of the work with original translations. The author defines the work as an Aristotlean tragedy revealing its unique dramatic elements, scenes, events, structures and characters. It also delves deeper into the Sufist and philosophical levels of the text revealing the astonishing modernist nature and mode of the work as Zoroastrian Existentialism. Dr Mirawdeli offers a line-by-line translation and textual analysis of Khani’s prologues in which he has presented his nationalist discourse offering an original interpretation that establishes Khani’s ideas as a complete theory of Kurdish nationalism.

About the Author

Kamal Mirawdeli is a Kurdish academic, writer and poet. He has obtained BA in English from Baghdad University, MA in Philosophy and PhD in Literature (Orientalism) from University of Essex, UK and MSc in Economy and Political Science from London School of Economics (LSE). He has taught literature, philosophy and language and has written extensively about Middle East issues, and Kurdish literature and politics. He has also worked for many years in the Voluntary Sector in Britain providing management, training and consultancy for the development of civil society organisations and institutions.