Working Papers for:
Chronology of Iran, Afghanistan and Central
Asia, Iranian and Central Asian authors, Persian literature,
Islam, Communism, etc.
One Essence is the Human Race,
Thusly has Creation put the Base.
One Limb impacted is sufficient,
For all Others to feel the Mace.
The Unconcern'd with Others' Plight,
Are but Brutes with Human Face.
al-Din Sa'di Shirazi
Translated by Iraj Bashiri
Working Papers on
Central Asia and Iran
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