Shahnama Studies III focuses on the hugely successful afterlife of the
Shahnama or Book of Kings, completed by the poet Firdausi around 1010 AD. This long epic grew out to be an icon of Persian culture and served as a source of inspiration for art and literature, leaving its traces in manifold ways. The contributors to this volume each treat an aspect of the rich legacy of the
Shahnama and offer new insights in
Shahnama manuscript studies, the illustration of the
Shahnama, the phenomenon of later epics, and the
Shahnama in later texts and contexts.
Gabrielle van den Berg, PhD (1997), University of Leiden, is Senior University Lecturer in the Cultural History of Central Asia and Iran. She has published on classical Persian literature and on the oral traditions of Central Asia.
Charles Melville, PhD (1978), University of Cambridge, is Professor of Persian History at Cambridge. He has published on the history of Iran from the Mongols to the Safavids, Persian historiography, and the
Shahnama of Firdausi.
Contributors: Michele Bernardini, Tülün Değirmenci, Fatma Sinem Eryılmaz, Alyssa Gabbay, Charles Melville, Firuza Melville, Shiva Mihan, Raya Shani, Maria Szuppe, Gabrielle van den Berg, Christine van Ruymbeke, Marjolijn van Zutphen, Laura Weinstein, and Kumiko Yamamoto
List of Illustrations Abbreviations Contributors Note on Citations of the Shahnama
Part 1: The Reception of the Shahnama: Later Epics
Banu Gushasp in the Shahnama: A Case Study of the British Library Ms. Or. 2926 and the Interpolated Banu Gushaspnama Marjolijn van Zutphen
The Demon Barkhiyas at the Well of Bizhan Charles Melville
Rustam’s Grandson in Central Asia: The Sistan Cycle Epics and the Shahnama Tradition Gabrielle van den Berg
The Interplay of Oral and Written Traditions in Persian Epics: The Case of the Barzunama in the Haft Lashkar Kumiko Yamamoto
A New manuscript of the ShahrIyArnAma attributed to Mukhtari of Ghazna from the collection of the Ancient India and Iran Trust Maria Szuppe
Part 2: The Shahnama in Later Contexts
The Shahnama in Timurid Historiography Michele Bernardini
The Sulaiman-nama (Süleyman-name) as an Historical Source Fatma Sinem Eryılmaz
A Storyteller’s Shahnama: Meddâh Medhî and His Şehnâme-i̇ Türkî Tülün Derğirmenci
The Shahnama Legacy in a Late 15th-Century Illustrated Copy of Ibn HusAm’s Khavaran-nama, the GulistAn Palace Library, Tehran, Ms. 5750 Raya Shani
Part 3: Textual Studies
Persian Medieval rewriters between auctoritas and authorship: the Story of Khusrau and Shirin as a case-study Christine van Ruymbeke
Rebels, Virtuous Adorers And Successors: The Agentic Daughters of the Shahnama Alyssa Gabbay
Part 4: Art History and Manuscript Studies
Zahhak from Cambridge and Bahram Gur from Geneva: Two Unpublished lustre Tiles with Shahnama verses Firuza Melville
Illustration as Localization: A Dispersed bijapuri Manuscript of the shahnama Laura Weinstein
The Baysunghuri Manuscript in the Malek National Library
All interested in classical Persian literature, Persian manuscript studies and art history, and anyone concerned with the reception of the
Shahnama in Iran, India and the Ottoman Empire.