The Shahnama (Book of Kings)

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Detail of ‘Haftvand and the Worm’. Folio from the Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Shah Tahmasp, attributed to Dust Muhammad, ca. 1540. Iran, Tabriz, Opaque watercolour, ink, and gold on paper, 45 x 30 cm. Aga Khan Museum, Toronto.

The Shahnama (Book of Kings)

The Shahnama (Book of Kings) is an epic poem composed in Persian by the poet Firdausi in the early 11th century and ranks among the most widely copied and circulated literary works in the Persianate world. Drawing upon several prominent medieval and early modern examples, Dr Firouzeh will discuss the textual and visual tradition surrounding the Shahnama as a vehicle of imperial patronage and ideology across Persian speaking societies.

Dr Peyvand Firouzeh is Lecturer in Islamic Art at the University of Sydney. She specializes in medieval and early modern art and architecture from the Islamic world, with research interests in sacred art and architecture, and the mobility of artistic and intellectual networks within and beyond the Persinate world. She served as acting curator in Eastern Islamic collections at the British Museum in 2014 – 2015.

How to Book: Booking confirmation and payment in advance are essential. No refunds. Book via email to Chris Manning ( – there is no need to book if you have already booked and paid for the whole lecture series.

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6 September, 2021
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm AEST
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