The Prince and the Sufi

The Judeo-Persian Rendition of the Buddha Biographies


The Prince and the Sufi is the literary composition of the seventeenth-century Judeo-Persian poet Elisha ben Shmūel. In The Prince and the Sufi: The Judeo-Persian Rendition of the Buddha Biographies, Dalia Yasharpour provides a thorough analysis of this popular work to show how the Buddha's life story has undergone substantial transformation with the use of Jewish, Judeo-Persian and Persian-Islamic sources. The annotated edition of the text and the corresponding English translation are meticulous and insightful. This scholarly study makes available to readers an important branch in the genealogical tree of the Buddha Biographies.

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Dalia Yasharpour, Ph.D. (2005), University of California, Los Angeles, is an independent scholar lecturing at universities in Southern California, including UCLA and the American Jewish University. She has edited a number of Persian language textbooks, authored multiple articles related to Judeo-Persian Studies and published The Haggadah of the Kaifeng Jews of China (Brill, 2011) with Fook-Kong Wong.
All interested in Comparative Literature, especially popular wisdom literature and the transmission of the Buddha biographies from east to west. Anyone interested in Judeo-Persian, Jewish, Middle Eastern, Islamic, Persian and Indian literatures and cultures.
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