The Shahnama of Firdausi, Volume 1

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Psychology Press, 2000 - Social Science - 420 pages
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The legendary Greek figure Orpheus was said to have possessed magical powers capable of moving all living and inanimate things through the sound of his lyre and voice. Over time, the Orphic theme has come to indicate the power of music to unsettle, subvert, and ultimately bring down oppressive realities in order to liberate the soul and expand human life without limits. The liberating effect of music has been a particularly important theme in twentieth-century African American literature.

The nine original essays in Black Orpheus examines the Orphic theme in the fiction of such African American writers as Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, James Baldwin, Nathaniel Mackey, Sherley Anne Williams, Ann Petry, Ntozake Shange, Alice Walker, Gayl Jones, and Toni Morrison. The authors discussed in this volume depict music as a mystical, shamanistic, and spiritual power that can miraculously transform the realities of the soul and of the world. Here, the musician uses his or her music as a weapon to shield and protect his or her spirituality. Written by scholars of English, music, women's studies, American studies, cultural theory, and black and Africana studies, the essays in this interdisciplinary collection ultimately explore the thematic, linguistic structural presence of music in twentieth-century African American fiction.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
Faridun continued SECT PA01
13
Poet and Poem
23
Text and Translation
76
List op previous Translators
87
Abbreviations
93
The Prelude
99
Gau5mart
118
How Zal consulted the Archimages in the Matter of Riidiiba
273
How Zal wrote to Sara to explain the Case v
275
How Sam consulted the Archmages in the Matter of Zal
278
How Sindukht heard of the Case of Rudaba
280
How Mihrab was made aware of bis Daughters Case
284
How Minuchihr heard of the Case of Zal and Rudaba
288
How Sam came to Minuchihr
289
How Sam went to fight with Mihrab
292

TahmOras
126
Zahhak
141
FABfDtfN
174
How the King of Yaman nnswered Jandal
181
How the Sons of Faridun went to the King of Yaman
183
How Sarv proved the Sons of Faridun by Sorcery
184
How Faridun made Trial of his Sons
186
How Faridun divided the World among his Sons
189
How Salm and Tur sent a Message to Faridun
191
How Faridun made Answer to his Sons
193
How Iraj went to his Brothers
197
How traj was slain by his Brothers
199
How Faridun received Tidings of the Murder of I raj
202
How a Daughter was Born to I raj
205
The Birth of Mitnichihr
206
How Salm and Tur had Tidings of Mimichihr
208
How Faridun received his Sons Message
209
How Faridun made Answer to his Sons
211
How Faridun sent Mimkhihr to fight Tur and Salm
215
How Mimichihr attacked the Host of Tiir
218
How Tur was slain by Mimichihr
220
How Mimichihr wrote to announce his victory to Faridiin
221
How Karan took the Castle of the Alans
223
How Kakwi the Grandson of Zahhiik attacked the Iranians
225
How Salm tied and was slain by Mimichihr
227
How the Head of Salm was sent to Faridiin
229
The Death of Faridun
232
How Mimichihr ascended the Throne and made an Oration
237
The Birth of Zdl
239
How Sam had a Dream touching the Case of his Son
243
How Mimichihr took Knowledge of the Case of Sam and Zdl
248
MinOchihr continued SECT t m TAQK 5 How Zal went back to Zabulistan
251
How Sam gave the Kingdom to Z4l
253
How Ziil visited Mill nib of Kabul
256
How Rudaba took Counsel with her Damsels
259
How Ritdabas Damsels went to see Zal
263
How tlie Damsels returned to Rudalw
267
How Ziil went to Rudaba
270
How Ziil went on a Mission to Minuchihr
295
How Mihrab was wroth with Sfmlukht
299
How Sam comforted Sindukht
301
How Zal came to Minuchihr with Sams Letter
306
How the Archmages questioned Zal
308
How Ziil answered the Archmages
309
How Zal displayed his Accomplishment before Minuchihr
311
Mimichihrs Answer to Sams Letter
314
How Zal came to Sam
316
The Story of the Birth of Rustam
320
How Sam came to see Rustam
324
How Rustam slew the White Elephant
327
How Rustam went to Mount Sipahd
330
How Rustam wrote a Letter announcing his victory
332
to Zal
334
Mimichihrs last Counsels to his Son
335
Naddab skct haor 1 How Naudar succeeded to the Throne
339
How Pashang heard of the Death of Minuchihr
342
How Afrasiyab came to the Land of Iran 345
345
How Barman and Kubad fought together and how Kubdd was slain
346
How Afrasiyab fought with Naudar the second Time
350
How Naudar fought with Afrasiyab the third Time
352
How Naudar was taken by Afrasiyab 355
355
How Wfsa found his Son that had been slain
356
How Shamasas and Khazarwiin invaded Zabulistan
358
How Zal came to help Mihrab
359
How Naudar was slain by Afrasiyab
362
How Zal had Tidings of the Death of Naudar
364
How Ighriras was slain by his Brother
367
Zav
369
Zav is elected Shah
370
Garshasp
373
How Garshasp succeeded to the Throne and died and how Afrasiyab invaded Iran
374
How Rustam caught Rakhsh
378
How Ziil led the Host against Afrasiyab
381
How Rustam brought Kai Kubad from Mount Alburz
382
INDEX
389
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