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Dr. Leili Anvar

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Esteemed Professor of Persian Lit...

Local Address:  Paris , Île-de-France , France

Employment History

  • Lecturer In Persian Language and Literature
  • Student
    Ecole Normale Supérieure
  • Professor of Persian Language and Literature
    Institut National
  • Associate Professor of Persian Literature
    Institut National
  • Head of the Iranian Languages Department
  • Lecturer
    University of Sorbonne Nouvelle

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member of the Scientific Board


  • Persian and English literature
    University of Sorbonne Nouvelle
  • PhD , Persian literature
  • English and American civilization
    University of Sorbonne Nouvelle
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The author and professor of Persian ..., 3 Oct 2014 [cached]
The author and professor of Persian literature in Paris, Leili Anvar, presented a musical reading, 'The Canticle of the Birds, Tales of Wisdom and Love' based upon the work of Farid Ud-Din Attar. (See below book discussion.) With the participation of Frederic Ferney as her reading partner and accompaniment by 3 musicians on sarangi, double ney, tanbur, and daf, we experienced a riveting and entertaining enactment of some of Attar's parables.
Exceptionally knowledgeable in Persian literature, Leili Anvar wove in two stories from Rumi's 'Masnavi': the controversy between Chinese and Byzantines on the art of painting and the snares of Satan. One day soon I hope to see this theater-musical piece in other festivals.
Leili Anvar, The Canticle of the Birds, Tales of Wisdom and Love - Photo by Evangeline Kim
Leili Anvar, The Canticle of the Birds, Tales of Wisdom and Love - Photo by Evangeline Kim
'The Canticle of the Birds' first appeared in the French edition 2 years ago and the ultra-elegant 4000 cloth-bound, slipcased copies sold-out immediately in 6 months. (It's a massive tome, weighing several pounds.) Dr. Leili Anvar, esteemed professor of Persian literature with INALCO in Paris had undertaken the monumental responsibility of rendering the classical Persian text into exquisite French.
'Malak Jan Nemati' by Leili Anvar (English, French, Farsi, German, Italian):
Apart from Dr. Leili Anvar's own poetic introduction and as translator of the new French edition of 'The Canticle of the Birds', she is a cherished Rumi scholar and has published two books about the tremendously popular Sufi poet. A woman with the soul of a poetess, she often appears during the Fez Festival onstage to recite and read Persian Sufi texts with graceful intensity, Dr. Anvar has also published a tribute book about the Persian Kurdish mystic saint, Malak Jan Nemati (1906-1993), the sister of Ostad Elahi, the well-known master sacred tanbur musician, spiritual philosopher and jurist. 'Malak Jan Nemati, Life Isn't Short, But Time is Limited' originally appeared in French with Editions Diane de Selliers and is now available in English through Arpeggio Press.
Her research into universal spiritual traditions led her to meet the blind Sheikh Malak Jan Nemati in person before her passing in 1993. Dr. Anvar in an interview in Fez made clear that the Sheikh, affectionately known as 'Saint Jani', had totally 'transformed' her own life.
Both Malak Jan Nemati and Ostad Elahi, according to Dr. Anvar, represented 'modern extensions of Persian Sufism'.
Leili Anvar-Chenderoff was ..., 5 Aug 2006 [cached]
Leili Anvar-Chenderoff was born in 1967 in Tehran. She was a former student of the Ecole Normale Superieure (Ulm), Persian and English literature and civilistion at the University of Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris). Dr Anvar-Chenderoff received her PhD in Persian Literature with a thesis entitled 'From Paradox to Unity: A Study of the Divan-e Shams' (1998). She was Lecturer at the University of Sorbonne Nouvelle in English and American Civilisation (1992-2001) and currently she is Lecturer in Persian Language and Literature at INALCO, Paris. She is also attached researcher to the CNRS (UMR Monde Iranien et Indien). Dr Anvar-Chenderoff is Head of the Iranian Languages Department (Institut des Langues et Civilisations Orientales); co-founder and member of the Research group on the relationships between the Anglo-Saxon world and the Middle East ( Anglorient, University of Sorbonne Nouvelle, University of Marle la Valle, EHESS); member of the scientific board of IISMM (Institute for the Study of Islam and the Islamic Societies, attached to the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris).
Tirgan 2015 Artists | Tirgan, 14 July 2013 [cached]
Leili Anvar Former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Leili Anvar holds a PhD in Persian literarture. She is junior professor at the Institut des Langues et des Civilsations Orientales. Her interest...
Leili Anvar, a Professor of ... [cached]
Leili Anvar, a Professor of Persian language and literature at the Institut National des Langues et Civilizations Orientales (INALCO) in Paris, says that the French have a dreamlike image of Persian poetry.
Anvar, who last week received Iran's Book of the Year Award for her French translation of "Le cantique des oiseaux" (The Conference of the Bird) by Persian poet and mystic Attar Neyshaburi (C. 1145-1221), said that her personal interest in mystical literature inspired her to translate these types of works. Continue reading →
Categories: Poetry | Tags: Attar Neyshaburi, French translation, Institut National des Langues, Leili Anvar, Persian poet, Persian Poetry, Professor of Persian language | Permalink.
Ostad Elahi: a spiritual heritage |, 9 May 2011 [cached]
The significance of Ostad Elahi and Malek Jân Nemati's spiritual heritage is discussed during an interview of two specialists of the mystical traditions of Iran: Leili Anvar, Associate Professor of Persian literature at the Institut National des Langues et des Civilisations Orientales (Paris), and Christian Jambet, islamologist and Professor of philosophy (Paris).
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