Peshawar Nights

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Peshawar Nights is a written down firsthand account by Sultanu'l-Wa'izin Shirazi[1] ("Prince of Preachers from Shiraz").[2] It recounts a public debate between Shi'a Muslims and Sunni Muslims, that took place in the city of Peshawar in the North-West Frontier Province (present-day Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) in Pakistan of British India beginning on 27 January 1927.[2] The Shi'a were victorious in debate.


According to the preface:

A condition of the dialogue was that only sources acceptable to both sects would be cited. The dialogue was held in Persian, commonly understood in the city of Peshawar (Note: Persian is no longer commonly understood in Peshawar). The transcript, made by four reporters and published in the newspapers daily, was published in book form in Teheran and soon became a classic authority in the East. The present work is based on the fourth edition, published in Teheran in 1971, the year in which Sultanu'l-Wa'izin died at the age of 75[3]


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