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Title
The medieval reception of the Shahnama as a mirror for princes
Type
Text
Subject
Shāhnāmah.
Firdawsī--Criticism and interpretation.
Persian poetry--747-1500.
Epic poetry, Persian--History and criticism.
Language
English
Classification
LCC: PK6459 (Source: dlc)
DDC: 891/.5511 full (Assigner: dlc)
Identified By
Lccn: 2016025478
Content
text (Source: rdacontent)
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.
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Askari, Nasrin, medieval reception of the Shahnama as a mirror for princes