Literary luminaries of sistan: Their art & thought
Dr. Abid Gulzar
The ancient language of Iranians was a branch of Indo-Iranian family; of which many other languages of civilized world viz. Sanskrit, Latin, Greek etc. were derived. During great Iranian empires viz Sassanid, Achaemenid or Parthian, not only different sciences made headway but art, language & literature passed through the different stages of its development. After the establishment of Arab rule in Iran, the Persian language got subjugated. The Arabic became the language of communication and scholarship so much so that the Iranian scholars became so well versed in Arabic that they penned down great works in religious sciences, philosophy, astrology, medicine and other disciplines during the 200 years of Arab domination. But after the end of Arab rule in 205 A.H, there was a revival of Persian language for what Sistan became the flag bearer. In this paper, a serious attempt has been made to precisely illuminate the contribution of the very famous among the huge galaxy of poets from Sistan to the Persian poetry throughout the centuries. In order to have a feel of their exalted spirit, elevation of thought and creative zeal, a few selective verses are also appended at the end of the brief sketches of the each poet.