Epic and Sedition: A Case of Ferdowsi's Shahnameh

Iran's national epic, the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi, has traditionally been regarded by both Persians and Westerners as a poem celebrating the the central role of monarchy in Persian history. In this groundbreaking book, Dick Davis argues that the poem is far more than a patriotic chronicle of kingly deeds. Rather, it is a subtle and highly ambiguous discussion of authority, and far from being a celebration of monarchy, its most famous episodes and heroes amount to a radical critique of the institution.

cover of Epic and Sedition: A Case of Ferdowsi's Shahnamehauthor: Dick Davis
ASIN or ISBN-10: 1933823054
binding: Paperback
list price: $29.95 USD
amazon price: $19.88 USD

The Sultan’s Crown

english translation

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Jeffrey Einboden, John Slater reads the poem in translation, The Sultan’s Crown by Hafiz (translated from the Persian.)

The Sultan’s Crown

original Persian poem

The Sultan's Crown - Persian Original

دمی با غم بسر بردن جهان یکسر نمی‌ارزد
به می بفروش دلق ما کزین بهتر نمی‌ارزد

به کوی می فروشانش به جامی بر نمی‌گیرند
زهی سجادﮤ تقوﻯ که یک ساغر نمی‌ارزد

رقیبم سرزﻧﺸﻬا کرد کزاین باب رخ برتاب
چه افتاد این سر ما را که خاک در نمی‌ارزد

شکوه تاج سلطانی که بیم جان دران درج است
کلاهی دلکش است اما به ترک سر نمی‌ارزد

ﺒﺲ آسان می‌نمود اول غم دریا ببوی سود
غلط ﮔﻓﺘم که این طوفان بصد گوهر نمی‌ارزد

ترا آن به که روی خود ز مشتاقان بپوشانی
که شادی جهانگیری غم لشکر نمی‌ارزد

چو حافظ در قناعت کوش و از دﻧﻴﺎی دون بگذر
که یک جو منت دونان ﺒصد من زر نمی‌ارزد

Jeffrey Einboden, John Slater

Jeffrey Einboden is a graduate of Magdalene College, Cambridge where he completed a doctorate concerning English translations of Islamic poetry.  Currently an Assistant Professor at Northern Illinois University, Einboden's recent publications include "A Qur'ānic Milton: From Paradise to al-Firdaws" (Milton Quarterly 43:3) and "Washington Irving in Muslim Translation: Revising the American Mahomet" (Translation & Literature 18:1).  His "The Genesis of Weltliteratur: Goethe's West-&o

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