Ladan Hamedani | Shahnameh (Shāhnāmeh): The National Epic of Persian Literature by Ferdowsi
Friday Apr 17 04:00 PM
Doris Duke Theatre
About the Lecture:
Part of public programming for the exhibition Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art
Abolqāsem Ferdowsi, one of Iran’s most respected and celebrated poets, created the Shahnameh, the national epic of Persian literature, between the late 10th and early 11th centuries C.E. in the form of poetry composed as rhyming couplets. It comprises more than 50,000 verses. Dr. Hamedani talks about the poem’s attempt to revive the Persian language by using non-arabicized words, and it lasting influence on Iranian culture and visual arts. Dr. Hamedani is the Roshan Institute Instructor in Persian Language and Culture, coordinating the Persian Language, Linguistics, and Culture Program at University of Hawai‘i–Mānoa.