March 27, 2014–September 20, 2014

Persian gained prominence as a literary language and a lingua franca—a common cultural languageabout a thousand years ago.  A Thousand Years of the Persian Book explores a millennium of  Persia’s rich literary tradition with materials ranging from illuminated manuscripts to contemporary publications. The seventy-five items in the exhibition are selected primarily from the outstanding Persian collection in the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division and will bring attention to the literary achievements of Iran and the greater Persian-speaking regions of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Central and South Asia and the Caucasus.

The exhibition was made possible through the generous support of Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans and Ambassador Hushang Ansary.

Public programming for the exhibition is cosponsored by Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland with the generous support of the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute based in Hawaii.