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22 April 2022

Development of Persian Philosophical Terminology by Nasir Khusraw: Knowledge and Its Perception

The research paper discusses the development and application of philosophical terminology in the Persian language by the philosopher and poet, Nasir Khusraw, with particular reference to the sphere of his knowledge and perception. His conceptual and translation activity in the field of philosophical terminology draws on the work of Ibn Sina (Avicenna), who laid the foundation of the philosophical verbal tradition in the Persian language by creating the first philosophical treatise written in that language: “Danish-Nama”.

In the course of preaching his doctrines, based on a philosophical and religious synthesis, Nasir Khusraw introduced new worldview concepts into his Persian philosophical texts along with ways of expressing those concepts. It was an integration of specific conceptual terminologies into his poetic works.

Key words: Translation, Persian language, Knowledge, Existence, Perception, Ibn Sina, Nasir Khusraw, Danish-nama.

About the author

Leyli Rahimovna Dodykhudoeva is a linguist specialising in Iranian Studies. She is a Doctor of Philology (1983) and a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Iranian Languages, Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. She graduated from the Department of Iranian Philology at the Institute of Asian and African Countries, Moscow State University, and subsequently joined the staff of the Departments of Classical Literature and Pamir Studies at the Rudaki Institute of Language and Literature in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

R. Dodykhudoeva is the author of more than 100 academic papers on Linguistics, Ethnolinguistics, Sociolinguistics and Linguacultural Studies of the Pamir/Badakhshan region, and is currently studying the topic of “Minority languages: their contribution to history and culture (based on Pamir languages ​​and Tajik dialects)”. She has collaborated with the Institute of Ismaili Studies (London), translating into Russian a number of publications on Ismaili issues (2003-2022).