Hafez: Persia’s Provocateur

Broadcast date: 3 p.m. Central Time, June 20, 2011


Hafez, the famous 14th century Persian poet, used the most gorgeous language to expose duplicity, irreverence, and corruption in preachers, scholars of religious laws, memorizers and reciters of the Qur’an. Why is he still one of the best read poets of Persian literature?


  • J. Reza Saberi is the translator of Divan Hafez, the collected poems of Hafez.
  • Jawid Mojaddedi is an associate professor in Islamic studies at Rutgers University.

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