Epic and Sedition: The Case of Ferdowsi's Shahnameh

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Iran's national epic, the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi, has traditionally been regarded by both Persians and Westerners as a poem celebrating the the central role of monarchy in Persian history. In this groundbreaking book, Dick Davis argues that the poem is far more than a patriotic chronicle of kingly deeds. Rather, it is a subtle and highly ambiguous discussion of authority, and far from being a celebration of monarchy, its most famous episodes and heroes amount to a radical critique of the institution. Davis demonstrates that ...

Epic and Sedition: The Case of Ferdowsi's Shahnameh 2006, Mage Publishers

ISBN-13: 9781933823058

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