Shahnama Studies III

The Reception of the Shahnama

Series:

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.

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Biographical Note

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




Table of contents

List of Illustrations
Abbreviations
Contributors
Note on Citations of the Shahnama

Introduction

Part 1: The Reception of the Shahnama: Later Epics



1 Banu Gushasp in the Shahnama: A Case Study of the British Library Ms. Or. 2926 and the Interpolated Banu Gushaspnama
Marjolijn van Zutphen

2 The Demon Barkhiyas at the Well of Bizhan
Charles Melville

3 Rustam’s Grandson in Central Asia: The Sistan Cycle Epics and the Shahnama Tradition
Gabrielle van den Berg

4 The Interplay of Oral and Written Traditions in Persian Epics: The Case of the Barzunama in the Haft Lashkar
Kumiko Yamamoto

5 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



6 The Shahnama in Timurid Historiography
Michele Bernardini

7 The Sulaiman-nama (Süleyman-name) as an Historical Source
Fatma Sinem Eryılmaz

8 A Storyteller’s Shahnama: Meddâh Medhî and His Şehnâme-i̇ Türkî
Tülün Derğirmenci

9 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



10 Persian Medieval rewriters between auctoritas and authorship: the Story of Khusrau and Shirin as a case-study
Christine van Ruymbeke

11 Rebels, Virtuous Adorers And Successors: The Agentic Daughters of the Shahnama
Alyssa Gabbay

Part 4: Art History and Manuscript Studies



12 Zahhak from Cambridge and Bahram Gur from Geneva: Two Unpublished lustre Tiles with Shahnama verses
Firuza Melville

13 Illustration as Localization: A Dispersed bijapuri Manuscript of the shahnama
Laura Weinstein

14 The Baysunghuri Manuscript in the Malek National Library

Shiva Mihan

General Index

Readership

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.