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Unformatted text preview: or animals is to create icons, which are considered blasphemy. However, in this piece, Sultan Muhammad vividly depicts humans, horses, demons, and even deer. It shows the courage and strength of Tahmuras as he slays the Divs. It also displays his leadership as he leads his men into battle. The reason behind why it does not follow the iconoclastic standards may be due to the remaining Persian culture. The Arab conquest is not looked upon as a good thing by the Persians. It ended a lot of Persian cultures and traditions, all due to the restrictions set by the Qur’an. Ferdowsi makes a point of ending the book with the Arab conquest, which he refers to as an “army of darkness”. This rebellion is to accurately show the history of Iran, for it seems that Firdowsi was well aware that this would be viewed as a source of the history of his beloved homeland, so it was crucial that he depict it in all of its glory....
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- Spring '06
- Shahnameh, Persian literature, Sultan Muhammad, Abu l-Qa`sem Ferdowsi, 1Brian Fairlie Final