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Nargis Virani is a doctoral candidate in the department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. As a lecturer, Nargis taught courses in Islam, Sufism, and Arabic language and literature at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Nargis is currently working on her dissertation studying the macaronic verse-form in the poems of Rumi. The famous mystic Jalaluddin Rumi (d. 1273) composed some of his lyrical poems, ghazal in macaronic form, mulamma` in a highly original linguistic mix of Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Greek, and Armenian. Nargis plans to offer a literary and linguistic analyses of these poems with an English translation.



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