Panel 1J

The Shahname and the Heroic Epic in Iran

10.45 – 12.45
Chair: Andrew Newman, IMES University of Edinburgh

Sponsored by the Iran Heritage Foundation

The Prose Shahname of Abu Mansur

Jaakko Hameen-Anttila, University of Edinburgh

The paper discusses the main source of Firdawsi, the Prose Shahname, in the light of a comparison between various Middle Persian, Arabic, and Classical Persian texts, aiming to prove that in broad lines we can reconstruct the contents of this lost work. This also shows how Firdawsi has handled received material to produce his epic.

Post-Shahname Epics: Some Aspects

Gabrielle van den Berg, University of Leiden

Hospitality and Migration in the Story of Siavush

Azin Haghighi, University of Edinburgh

The aim of this presentation is to analyse the story of Shiavush in the Shahname based on Derrida’s concept of unconditional hospitality. Concepts of otherness and host/guest relationship are explored in the context of migration/self-exile of the hero within this story.

Urdu translation of the Shahname – adopting a Persian epic into Urdu literature

Mikko Viitamäki, University of Helsinki

Shahnama was translated into Urdu in Delhi during the early nineteenth century, when the scope of Urdu as a language of literary expression was rapidly broadening. This paper examines the literary strategies adopted by the translator, Munshi Mulchand Dihlavi, in relation to the contemporary developments in the Urdu literature.

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