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Record Number: 33574


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'As we sat waiting for dinner and discussing religion, our first hostile impressions were gradually smoothed away. I recited the opening chapter of the Quran and proved myself less ignorant than had been supposed: a translation of the Lord's Prayer established the essential unity of religion, to the satisfaction even of the thin little Mirza from Medina: and a short discussion on history produced out of the bottom of a chest a Persian translation of Sir John Malcolm's 'History of Persia', which the Agha studies on winter evenings.'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1931 and 31 Dec 1931

Country:

Persia

Time

evening
night

Place:

city: Rud Barak
county: Mazandaran Province
specific address: House of the Kurdish Agha of Rud Barak

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

Freya Stark

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

31 Jan 1893

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Travel writer

Religion:

Christian

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

Persia

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

[n/a] [n/a]

Title:

Koran

Genre:

Other religious, read earlier and recited from memory in Classical Arabic

Form of Text:

Unknown

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

33574

Source:

Print

Author:

Freya Stark

Editor:

n/a

Title:

The Valley of the Assassins and other Persian Tales

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1934

Vol:

n/a

Page:

258

Additional Comments:

Pagination is from the 2001 Modern Library edition. The book was first published by John Murray in London in 1934.

Citation:

Freya Stark, The Valley of the Assassins and other Persian Tales, (London, 1934), p. 258, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=33574, accessed: 13 August 2020


Additional Comments:

Dame Freya Madeline Stark, Mrs Perowne, (31 January 1893 9 May 1993) was a British explorer and travel writer. The recitation of the first chapter of the Qu'ran (Surah Al-Fatiha) was from memory and in Classical (Qu'ranic) Arabic. Stark had read and memorised this verse (one that would have been known by heart by all her listeners in the Agha's house).

   
   
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