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Description - Shahnama by Robert Hillenbrand

This text presents a comprehensive examination of the interplay between text and image in the celebrated Persian national epic, the "Shahnama", written by the poet Firdausi of Tus. The "Shahnama" is one of the longest poems ever composed and recounts the history of Iran from the dawn of time to the Muslim Arab conquests of the seventh century AD. Offering fresh insights through a range of varied art-historical approaches to the Shahnama, the essays in this volume reveal how the subtle alterations in text and image serve to document changes in taste and style and can be understood as reflections of the changing role of the national epic in the imagination of Iranians and the equally changing messages - often political in nature - which the familiar stories were made to convey over the centuries.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780754633679
ISBN-10: 0754633675
Format: Hardback
(250mm x 178mm x mm)
Pages: 200
Imprint: Ashgate Publishing Limited
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 24-Aug-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Robert Hillenbrand

Robert Hillenbrand, University of Edinburgh, UK Richard Thomson, Robert Hillenbrand, Marianna Shreve Simpson, Jonathan M. Bloom, Sheila S. Blair, Adel' T. Adamova, Elaine Wright, Tim Stanley, Sylvia Auld, Avinoam Shalem, Ulrike al-Khamis, Godfrey Evans, Jennifer M. Scarce, M. Amin Mahdavi.

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