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In: Shahnama Studies II
In: Shahnama Studies III
In: Oriente Moderno

An illustrated manuscript of the Dīvān of the Persian poet Ḥāfiẓ (c. 1315–1390) made in Kashmir in the late-18th century is the subject of this article. The provenance of the manuscript and the nature of the present collection in which it is kept are discussed. The role of Ḥāfiẓ in Persian literature is given ample attention. All forty miniatures contained in the Huis Bergh volume are briefly described, and the themes depicted therein are discussed.

In: Journal of Islamic Manuscripts
The reception of Firdausi’s Shahnama
This volume explores different aspects of the reception of Firdausi’s Shahnama or ‘Book of Kings’, both within Iran and in neighbouring lands. Later poets and writers not only looked to Firdausi’s work for a model, but supplemented its stories with other narratives or absorbed the characters and the moral values of the poem into their own works. Several chapters focus on the literary traditions fed by the Shahnama, including reports of the continuing oral performances of its more popular stories. Others discuss Firdausi’s impact on the creative imagination of the miniature painters who illustrated manuscript copies of the Shahnama in the courts of the Ottoman Empire, Moghul India, and the Central Asia Khanates up till the seventeenth century.

Contributors include Gabrielle van den Berg, Francesca Leoni, Farhad Mehran, Bilha Moor, Adeela Qureshi, Ravshan Rahmoni, Julia Rubanovich, Karin Ruehrdanz, Jan Schmidt, Ivan Steblin-Kamenski, Zeren Tanindi, Lâle Uluç, Evangelos Venetis, Olga Yastrebova, and Marjolijn van Zutphen.