It has been seven years and now, seven issues later, the International Journal of Persian Literature is going as strong as ever thanks to the many enthusiastic scholars who have been helping us appreciate the magnificence of Persian literature and its many multifaceted intellectual engagements. This was a sad year for Persian literature with the loss of one of the greatest Arabist scholars and philologists, and no less one of the greatest Persian philologists and literati in the history of Persian literature, Ahmad Mahdavi Damghani. One of the paragons, irreplaceable in every aspect, he trained some of the greatest scholars in the field and contributed, with his eminently surgical attention to detail, to Persian and Arabic literatures and all of their substudies, whether it be history, jurisprudence, logic, philosophy, poetry, prose, etc. Our next issue (issue 8) will be a Gedenkschrift special issue in celebration of his scholarly achievements, although...

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