Shahnameh

Home/Tag: Shahnameh
15 09, 2017

Sohrab and Rustem – Iran – West Asian stories

By |2019-09-04T07:31:52-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

Sohrab and Rustem: The death of Sohrab (Iranian painting) Where did this story come from? This story is probably an old Indo-European story that Persian people told even before they moved south into Iran about 2000 BC. It's probably related to the Indian story of Dushyanta, the German story of Hildebrand and the Greek story of Achilles and Penthesileia, though [...]

3 08, 2017

Boccaccio – Decameron – Medieval literature

By |2019-02-14T05:45:55-07:00August 3rd, 2017|Literature, Medieval|0 Comments

Florence, Italy Who was Boccaccio? Most of the people who knew how to write in the early Middle Ages were monks. So most of them wrote about serious things like God and Heaven and Hell. Even writers who weren't monks, like Dante, usually wrote about Christian ideas. Who was Dante? More medieval literature All our medieval Europe articles [...]

26 07, 2017

Shahnameh – Islamic Literature

By |2017-07-26T09:31:51-07:00July 26th, 2017|Islam, Literature|0 Comments

Death of Iskandar (Alexander), from the Great Mongol Shahnameh (Iran, 1330s AD) In the 900s AD, Central Asia was the most civilized part of the world. The universities and libraries of Iran and Afghanistan were famous for a thousand miles in every direction. The Iranian Al-Tabari had recently finished writing his huge Islamic History. Here, in [...]

26 07, 2017

Rustem swims away – a story in the Shahnameh

By |2018-04-07T17:04:30-07:00July 26th, 2017|Islam, Literature|0 Comments

The Devil carries Rostem Like Odysseus or Anansi, Monkey or Br'er Rabbit, the Iranian hero Rustem was a trickster. He uses quick thinking to get out of this fix: Once when he was sleeping alone outside on the ground next to his horse Rukush, Rustem was trapped by the Devil, and the Devil started to carry him away. Rustem [...]

26 07, 2017

Rustem’s death in the Shahnameh

By |2018-04-07T17:04:30-07:00July 26th, 2017|India, Literature|0 Comments

Rustem kills the treacherous Shaghad When he was an old, old man, Rustem really did die (according to the story in the Shahnameh). Rustem died from treachery and betrayal, by his own half-brother Shaghad. One day Rustem was riding through the forest on his horse Rakhsh, when suddenly they fell into a pit. Shaghad had dug [...]

25 07, 2017

Rudaba and Zal in the Shahnameh

By |2017-07-25T22:24:21-07:00July 25th, 2017|Islam, Literature|0 Comments

Rudaba lets down her hair Rudaba's name means "The River Water Girl". She was a character in the Persian epic Shahmaneh, written by the poet Ferdowsi about 1000 AD, at the height of Central Asian power (But the story must be much older than that). In the story, Rudaba's the daughter of the governor of Kabul, a Babylonian. [...]

25 07, 2017

Arabic language and literature

By |2019-01-30T07:53:33-07:00July 25th, 2017|Islam, Literature|0 Comments

Arabic language: Sabataean writing Where did Arabic come from? Arabic is in the Semitic language group. Semitic languages seem to have gotten started before the beginning of writing. That would be before about 3000 BC. Probably Semitic languages developed from an earlier language somewhere near modern Syria. A different branch of that earlier language became [...]

25 07, 2017

Medieval Islamic historians

By |2018-04-09T10:31:10-07:00July 25th, 2017|History, Islam, Literature|0 Comments

A page from Ferdowsi's Shahnameh, from Herat, Afghanistan, about 1444 AD. Now in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge Islamic historians began by translating Greek historians like Herodotus and Thucydides into Arabic. But soon historians wrote in Arabic about the history of the Islamic Empire.  One example is the huge history written by al-Tabari about 900 AD. Al-Tabari had done a lot of [...]