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  • Tales of Persia’s Wondrous Past [The ‘Shahnameh’ mourns the loss of Iran’s pre-Islamic...]

    07/25/2009 7:51:02 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 27 replies · 1,349+ views
    Wall Street Journal: Leisure & Arts ^ | 7/25/2009 | EMILY ESFAHANI SMITH
    Before the Islamic Revolution dimmed the Iranian literary imagination in 1979, and before an expanding Islam swept Iran into its Arab empire in the seventh century, there existed the rich and colorful Iran recounted in Ferdowsi’s “Shahnameh,” or the Book of Kings. Nearly four centuries after the Arab conquest, the “Shahnameh” tells the story of pre-Islamic Iran—when Persian civilization was at its zenith. The epic proceeds through the reign of many monarchs, chronicling the at times legendary, at times mythological, and at times quasihistorical stories of each reign. Then, with the Arab conquest, the chronicle comes to an end. This...