Here is an anecdote that Alice Hunsberger gave at the start of a lecture on Nasir Khushraw to the Iranian Society on January 24th 2001:
Last May (that is, May 2000), when I was in Tajikistan to give a paper on Nasir Khusraw, I came away with a story.
Nasir Khusraw holds a special place in the hearts of the Tajiks, not only because they consider him a Tajik poet, since Tajik is the name of their language, which is really Persian. But also because he spent his last years there, in exile mostly in the eastern region called Badakhshan.
Today, Badakhshan (which straddles both Tajikistan and Afghanistan and Pakistan) nearly completely professes the Ismaili faith, a fact the Badakhshanis reverentially attribute to Nasir Khusraw’s beautiful preaching and poetry.
The story is this. During Soviet times, when Tajikistan was one of the republics, an officer came from Moscow to Tajikistan to make an inspection. He was shown around the schools, hospitals, power plants and other places that would display progress in general. One of the things sagaciously pointed out were the soaring mountain peaks: Mount Lenin, Mount Communism, Mount Fifth of May, and so on.
This fellow from Moscow, who was not only sensitive but informed of local enthusiasms, said:
”Aren’t you upset that there is no Mount Nasir Khusraw?”
To which his Tajik host replied:
”There is no mountain high enough.”
Please also read interview: Voices: Alice Hunsberger on Nasir Khushraw – Poet of Substance