“I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.” – Hafez

Hafez was a 14th-century Iranian poet who wrote mystical poetry inspired by the divine. His collected works are regarded as the pinnacle of Persian literature and are found in the homes of most people in the Persian-speaking world, who learn his poems by heart and still use them as proverbs and sayings.

Join us for the launch of The Collected Ghazals of Hafiz in English and Farsi, translated by Jamil Morris, a practising poet in the Sufi tradition. This rare book is not a scholarly tome or a modern expression of half-truths; instead, it is as true to the original texts as it is possible to be, whilst remaining readable as English poetry.

Jamil and Zahra Taheri, lecturer in Persian Language and Literature at the Australian National University, for a rare discussion of the life and work of Hafez, as well as a recitation of his poetry in Farsi and English.

About The Speakers

Jamil Morris

Jamiluddin Morris Zahuri has written many hundreds of poems on Sufi related themes – some of these have been published as ‘Poetry and a Cup of Tea’. Since retirement, along with an Irani murid, he has worked on-line for four years to provide a complete translation in rhymed English of all the ghazals of Hafiz Shirazi, the world famous Irani/Sufi poet and mystic.

Zahra Taheri

Dr. Zahra Taheri is the convenor of Persian Studies program and lecturer in Persian Language and Iranian Studies at the Australian National University. She is currently working on her upcoming book on The Image of Women in Persian Ethical Texts through a visiting scholar fellowship from the University of Oxford, UK. Dr. Taheri is also a published poet.