Institute of Persian Research
For more than eight hundred years India remained one of the most prolific centres of Persian language and literature and countless books, manuscripts, Akhbarat, Farmans and Parwanas preserved today in various libraries, museums and the National Archives point out the fact that Persian was an integral part of India's cultural, social and political system. Apart from this, one cannot possibly ignore the important fact that Persian language has played an important role in transmission of Indian thought and culture to the world. Persian translation of Panch Tantra and Upanishads introduced the ethical and religious Indian values to Europe and the Middle East. It was through this language that India established contact and corresponded with the outside world from Afghanistan to Moroco on one side and Malaya and Indonesia on the other.
Enormous and crucial information about medieval India, its socio-cultural life, its history and culture, arts and science, architecture and city planning, music and painting, army and administration, crafts and customs, idealogy and philosophy, cultural ties between India and Iran is available in Persian sources which are still to be explored.
Aims & Objectives:
The main objective of the Institute is to bring to light this vast material, with vigorous, multi-pronged and interdisciplinary work, in tune with the changed perception of modern day researches and extending beyond the fields of poetry and literature. The projects undertaken in the Institute encompass the variety possible in Persian researches and deal with it not mercy as a tool of literary expression but as a source language used in Medieval India.