Review of Abolfazl Khatibi, Did Ferdowsi Satirize Mahmud of Ghazni?


This recently published monograph by Abolfazl Khatibi represents an important contribution to one of the oldest debates in Persian literary history, and indeed to the textual criticism of the Shahnamah. The full title of the work (which is in Persian) is Aya Firdawsi Mahmud-i Ghaznavi ra hajv guft? Hajv’namah-i mansub bih Firdawsi: Bar’rasi-yi tahlili, tashih-i intiqadi, va sharh-i bayt’ha.

Al-‘Usur al-Wusta 25 (Middle East Medievalists)

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