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The Shahnameh [The Book of Kings]: Critical edition

By Ferdowsi

Availability: Forthcoming
Published: 2022
Page #: xii + 5520
Size: 8.5 x 11
ISBN: 978-1-56859-365-4
plates, bibliography, index, notes, references

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First published in hard copy edition between 1988-2008, this 8-volume paperback edition includes a new introduction in Persian, errata for each volume and several color and black and white plates. This is the most accurate and up to date edition of the tenth century greatest Persian epic written by Ferdowsi. Professor Djalal Khaleghi-Motlagh has based this edition on all the earliest manuscripts, including the oldest one known, discovered in Florence in 1977, as well as on numerous critical commentaries.  It brings us closer than ever to the text of The Shahnameh as Ferdowsi wrote it more than a thousand years ago. This meticulously prepared edition has been acclaimed by scholars and is indispensable for research and reading.












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Djalal Khaleghi Motlagh

Djalal Khaleghi Motlagh was born in Tehran on 11 September 1937. He attended university in Cologne, Germany, earning a doctoral degree in Near Eastern studies, ethnology, and ancient history in 1971. Now an emeritus professor of Persian language and literature at the University of Hamburg, where he has taught since 1971, Khaleghi is a leading authority on the “Shahnameh,” having prepared an eight-volume critical edition based on the Florence manuscript. His research articles on the “Shahnameh” have appeared in scholarly publications such as “Simorgh”, the Ferdowsi University School of Letters and Humanities’ quarterly magazine, “Irannameh”, “Iranshenasi”, “Kelk”, “Nameh-ye Iran-e Bastan” (Journal of Ancient Iran), and “Nameh-ye Baharestan”. Professor Khaleghi is also a contributor to “Encyclopaedia Iranica” and the “Encyclopedia of Persian Language and Literature.” Major collections of his articles include “Gol-e Ranjha-ye Kohan” (The Flower of Ancient Labors) (1983) and “Sokhanha-ye Dirineh” (Old Words) (1992), both published in Tehran, and “Notes on the Shahnameh” (4 vols., 2001-2009, 2nd ed. 2011, New York - Indiana). “Women of the Shahnameh” is an annotated English translation of Khaleghi’s 1971 doctoral dissertation.

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