One Epos and Some Ruckus: In Search of Lost Sources of the Shāhnāme
2010 (English)In: Orientalia Suecana, ISSN 0078-6578, Vol. 59, 193-206 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Mohl, an early editor and translator of the Shāhnāme, began the discussion on Ferdowsi’s sources in the Shāhnāme in 1878. From that time until now, it has been one of main issues of discussion among expertson the Shāhnāme and Iranian culture. One can find various theories on Ferdowsi’s sources in the numerous works and articles which are published ever so often. One of the latest works in this field is Kumiko Yamamoto’s book The Oral Background of Persian Epics: Storytelling and Poetry. In the present article, first, various theories about Ferdowsi’s sources are classified in three groups with reference to their proponents, and then each of these theories is critically and briefly analysed. After a detailed introduction to Kumiko Yamamoto’s work, it is evaluated in view of the different theories proposed for the sources of the Shāhnāme. The present author favours the theory of both oral and written sources in the genesis of the Shāhnāme, and, in light of this, some strengths as well as weaknesses of this work are discussed in this extended review.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Department of Linguistics and Philology, Uppsala University , 2010. Vol. 59, 193-206 p.
Research subject Iranian Languages
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-150892OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-150892DiVA: diva2:409163
Review Article. Extended review of Yamamoto, Kumiko (2003), The Oral Background of Persian Epics: Storytelling and Poetry, (Brill Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures 26. Leiden: Brill, xxiv+191 pp. incl. appendices, bibliography, index.)2011-04-092011-04-072011-04-09Bibliographically approved