Thematic Features in Iranian National History Writings: The Case of the Dāstān-e Goshtāsp (Tale of Goshtāsp)
2014 (English)In: International Shāhnāme Conference. The Second Milliennium: Conference Volume / [ed] Forogh Hashabeiky, Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2014, 1, 13-56 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
ABSTRACT: This paper aims to examine the image of the ancient Iranian prophet Zoroaster in the Shāhnāme based on a closed reading of the story about the Kayānian king Goshtāsp written by Daqiqi (and continued by Ferdowsi). For this purpose it will discuss the thematic properties of the Dāstān-e Goshtāsp (Tale of Goshtāsp) in the light of Iranian historical and epic traditions. Given the religious subject matter of the advent of Zoroaster, my aim is also to explore whether Daqiqi’s account primarily has a religious orientation or is the manifestation of a more secular orientation which represents the taste of kings and nobles with an emphasis on heroic events. The question of the Zoroastrian orientation of Daqiqi’s narrative is especially interesting given that the Shāhnāme was commissioned by an Iranian Muslim monarch and primarily addressed an audience of Persian-speaking Muslims albeit conscious of their national heritage. Of specific interest in my presentation is Daqiqi’s handling of the Sistānian heroic tradition and its hostility to Zoroaster’s patron, and whether there are any important ideological differences between Daqiqi and Ferdowsi in this respect.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2014, 1. 13-56 p.
Studia Iranica Upsaliensia, ISSN 1100-326X ; 26
Zoroastrianism, Zoroaster, Daqiqi, Ferdowsi, heroic epic, national history, literary themes
Research subject Iranian Languages
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-243032ISBN: 978-91-554-9133-8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-243032DiVA: diva2:785789