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Ḥāfiẓ
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Shams al-Dīn Muḥammad Ḥāfiẓ was a Persian lyric poet who lived in Shiraz from about 715/1315 to 792/1390. He is widely known for his Dīvān, a collection of five hundred poems. His work crowns four centuries of Persian poetry. Lyric poetry, far removed from any sort of literality, allowed him to convey his exceptional experience of love: “It was love that taught me to speak” (Dīvān, 53, 4; all references in t…

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de Fouchécour, Charles-Henri, “Ḥāfiẓ”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 15 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_30175>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 9789004356665, 2018, 2018-5



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