He addressed the Kayānian king: “I am a prophet!”: The Image of Zoroaster in the Dāstān-e Goshtāsp (Tale of Goshtāsp)
2012 (English)In: Orientalia Suecana, ISSN 0078-6578, Vol. 60, 117-139 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of this article is to examine the image of the ancient Iranian prophet Zoroaster in the Shāhnāma based on a closed reading of the story about the Kayānian king Goshtāsp written by Daqiqi (and continued by Ferdousi). There has so far been no comprehensive treatment of Daqiqi’s rendering of Zoroaster and the founding of the first Zoroastrian community. This lack of scholarly research is surprising given the importance of Daqiqi in the transmission of the ancient Iranian cultural and religious heritage (illustrated in his pioneering role in the creation of the Shāhnāma of Ferdousi) and the uniqueness of his work, which constitutes the only long poem that has been preserved from the Sāmānid and pre-Sāmānid period (even though extant verses of some early poets suggest the existence of several other epic works). As Daqiqi relates, it was in Goshtāsp’s reign that Zoroaster introduced his religion in the Iranian cultural sphere, with the support of the king’s son Esfandiār. Goshtāsp was forced to go to war to defend the faith against king Arjāsp of Turān and suffered the loss of his brother Zarēr in battle. These are celebrated events in the early history of Zoroastrianism that have been expounded upon throughout the centuries in different versions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Department of Linguistics and Philololgy, Uppsala University , 2012. Vol. 60, 117-139 p.
Abu Manṣur Daqiqi, Shāhnāma, Abo’l-Qāsem Ferdousi, Zoroaster, Ahura Mazdā, Sāmānid
Languages and Literature
Research subject Iranian Languages
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