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Ilex Foundation #13: Ferdowsi's Shahnama: Millennial Perspectives

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Ferdowsi's Shahnama: Millennial Perspectives celebrates the ongoing reception, over the last thousand years, of a masterpiece of classical Persian poetry. The epic of the Shahnama or Book of Kings glorifies the spectacular achievements of Iranian civilization from its mythologized beginnings all the way to the historical time of the Arab Conquest, when the notionally unbroken sequence of Iranian shahs came to an end. The poet Hakim Abu'l-Qasim, who composed this epic, was renamed Ferdowsi or "the man of Paradise" in recognition of his immortalizing artistic accomplishment. Even now, over a thousand years after his death in 1010 CE, the impact of Ferdowsi's epic poetry reverberates in the intellectual and artistic life of Persianate cultures all over the world. Ferdowsi's Shahnama: Millennial Perspectives undertakes a new look at the reception of Ferdowsi's poetry, especially in the twelfth, thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth centuries CE. Such a reception, the contributors to this book argue, actively engages the visual as well as the verbal arts of Iranian civilization. The paintings and other art objects illustrating the Shahnama over the ages are as vitally relevant as the words of Ferdowsi's poetry.

Synopsis:

The Shahnama or Book of Kings glorifies the spectacular achievements of Iranian civilization from its mythologized beginnings to the time of the Arab Conquest. Ferdowsi's Shahnama: Millennial Perspectives takes a fresh look at the reception of Ferdowsi's poetry, especially in the twelfth through fifteenth centuries.

About the Author

Olga M. Davidson is a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations at Boston University.Marianna Shreve Simpson is an independent scholar.

Boston University

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674726802
Subtitle:
Millennial Perspectives
Author:
Davidson, Olga M
Author:
Davidson, Olga M.
Author:
Simpson, Marianna Shreve
Publisher:
Ilex Foundation
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Poetry-Middle Eastern
Subject:
Literary Criticism-Middle Eastern
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Series:
Ilex Series
Series Volume:
13
Publication Date:
20131223
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
13 halftones
Pages:
124
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » Miscellaneous International Poetry
Fiction and Poetry » Classics » Middle East
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Poetry » Epic
History and Social Science » Linguistics » Specific Languages and Groups
History and Social Science » World History » General
Reference » Words Phrases and Language

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"Synopsis" by , The Shahnama or Book of Kings glorifies the spectacular achievements of Iranian civilization from its mythologized beginnings to the time of the Arab Conquest. Ferdowsi's Shahnama: Millennial Perspectives takes a fresh look at the reception of Ferdowsi's poetry, especially in the twelfth through fifteenth centuries.
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