Historiographic Analysis of Shahnameh
"Shahnameh and Recent Researches: on historiography, art and Iranian society" was translated into Persian by Mahmoud Fazeli Birjandi. The Book consists of five excellent essays written by foreign scholars on Shahnameh and the history of Iran from antiquity to the Safavid Era.
"Shahnameh Belongs to the Samanians or the Qaznavid?" by Ghazaleh Dabiri makes a survey of the origin of Shahnameh in both Periods emphasizing on the oral tradition of the stories.
"Why Was the Shahnameh Illustrated?" is another superb article by Oleg Grabar who believes that the first Shahnameh miniatures were made about 300 years after its composition but the art came to its height during the Mongol Period.
"An Analysis of the Story of Siavash and His Similarity to the God of Vegetation", penned by Maryam Nemat Tavoosi, is a comparative study of Shahnameh in the light of Iranian folklores.
Marianna Shreve Simpson's article on Alexander's Journey to Mecca according to Shahnameh miniatures, and Galina Lasikova's work titled "Houshang the Dragon-Hunter at the Court of Safavid Kings" are other articles in this volume, the latter a research on exquisite clothes kept in Russian and American museums as samples of fine pieces of cloth presented by Safavid kings to the Russian Court. These articles were previously published in the English Journal of Iranian Studies on the occasion of the Shahnameh Millenium in 2010. Fazeli Birjandi is researcher of Iranian history and doctoral student of Iran's History after Islam.
"Shahnameh and Recent Researches" is published by Payan Publishing House in 136 pages and 1000 copies.
The Journal of The Parliament's Library, No. 1, Aug.-Sept., 2013, p. 13.
Mahmoud Fazeli Birjandi
A leaf of the illustrated manuscript of Shahnameh