Abu-Rabiʿ, Ibrahim M.

Bih guzīn-i ʿAlī-nāma

Kuhantarīn manẓūma-yi Shīʿi-yi Fārsī

Series:

Rabīʿ

Edited by Sayyid ʿAlī Mūsavī Garmārūdī

Until the discovery of the Persian ʿAlī-nāma, Ibn Ḥusām’s Khawarān-nāma (830/1427) was believed to be the oldest Persian epic poem involving the often wondrous exploits of ʿAlī b. Abī Ṭālib and the beginnings of Shīʿism. The Khawarān-nāma takes its inspiration from Firdawsī’s Shāh-nāma, but then adapted to fit the Shīʿī theme, with ʿAlī and his companions often taking the place of Rustam and other heroes. The ʿAlī-nāma, extant in one manuscript in Konya, is a much older poem on the same subject. Composed by someone using the alias of Rabīʿ, it was completed in 482/1089 in Khurāsān, just seventy years after the completion of Firdawsī’s Shāh-nāma. The text is important because long before others, it acknowledges the heroes of the Shāh-nāma, some of whom were actually written into the script. Different from the edition by Omidsalar (2010), this edition only reproduces verses deemed worthy of Rabīʿ, rejecting two-thirds as the work of some unknown ‘poetaster’.

ʿAlī-nāma

Manẓūma-ī kuhan

Series:

Rabīʿ

Edited by Riḍā Bayāt and Abū al-Faḍl Ghulāmī

Until the discovery of the Persian ʿAlī-nāma, Ibn Ḥusām’s Khawarān-nāma (completed in 830/1427) was believed to be the oldest Persian epic poem involving the often wondrous exploits of ʿAlī b. Abī Ṭālib and the beginnings of Shīʿism. The Khawarān-nāma takes its inspiration from Firdawsī’s Shāh-nāma (completed in 400/1010), but then adapted to fit the Shīʿī theme, with ʿAlī and his companions often taking the place of Rustam and other heroes. With this edition of the ʿAlī-nāma we now have access to a much older poem on this subject. Composed by someone using the alias of Rabīʿ, it was completed in 482/1089 in Khurāsān, most probably in or near the town of Sabzawār, just seventy years after the completion of Firdawsī’s Shāh-nāma. The text is important because long before others, it acknowledges the heroes of the Shāh-nāma, some of whom were actually written into the script.

Ibn Abī'r-Rabīʿ, Aḥmad b. Muḥammad,655/1256?

ʿAlī-nāma

Manẓūma-ī kuhan (facsimile)

Series:

Rabīʿ

Edited by Muḥammad-Riḍā Shafīʿī Kadkanī and Maḥmūd Umīd-Sālār

Until the discovery of the Persian ʿAlī-nāma, Ibn Ḥusām’s Khawarān-nāma (completed in 830/1427) was believed to be the oldest Persian epic poem involving the often wondrous exploits of ʿAlī b. Abī Ṭālib and the beginnings of Shīʿism. The Khawarān-nāma takes its inspiration from Firdawsī’s Shāh-nāma (completed in 400/1010), but then adapted to fit the Shīʿī theme, with ʿAlī and his companions often taking the place of Rustam and other heroes. With this facsimile edition of the ʿAlī-nāma we now have access to a much older poem on this subject. Composed by someone using the alias of Rabīʿ, it was completed in 482/1089 in Khurāsān, most probably in or near the town of Sabzawār, just seventy years after the completion of Firdawsī’s Shāh-nāma. The text is important because long before others, it acknowledges the heroes of the Shāh-nāma, some of whom were actually written into the script.