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Author Askari, Nasrin, author

Title The medieval reception of the Shahnama as a mirror for princes / by Nasrin Askari
Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2016
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Series Studies in Persian cultural history ; volume 9
Studies in Persian cultural history ; v. 9
Summary Nasrin Askari explores the medieval reception of Firdausī's Shāhnāma, or Book of Kings (completed in 1010 CE) as a mirror for princes. Through her examination of a wide range of medieval sources, Askari demonstrates that Firdausī's oeuvre was primarily understood as a book of wisdom and advice for kings and courtly elites. In order to illustrate the ways in which the Shāhnāma functions as a mirror for princes, Askari analyses the account about Ardashīr, the founder of the Sasanian dynasty, as an ideal king in the Shāhnāma. Within this context, she explains why the idea of the union of kingship and religion, a major topic in almost all medieval Persian mirrors for princes, has often been attributed to Ardashīr
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Firdawsī -- Criticism and interpretation.
Firdawsī. Shāhnāmah.
Epic poetry, Persian -- History and criticism.
Persian poetry -- 747-1500.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2016025478
ISBN 9004307915 (electronic bk.)
9789004307919 (electronic bk.)