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Tahmuras Defeats the Divs

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1Brian Fairlie 12/18/06 Final IMME Part A : The drawing, Tahmuras Defeats the Divs by Sultan Muhammad, was drawn around 1000 CE. It depicts Tahmuras, son of Hushang, defeating the demons of Ahriman around 70-100 CE. It was drawn in Iran and belongs to the book, Shahnameh ( The Book of Kings or The Epic of Kings ) the Persian poet Haki-m Abu l-Qa`sem Ferdowsi Tu`si. It was drawn as part of a history of Iran from its beginnings to time of the poet himself. It shows how Iran achieved his power, culture, and technology. Most of this was achieved by defeating the demons or Divs, led by Ahriman. It was they, upon being defeated by Tahmuras, who showed the Persians the alphabet, how to domesticate animals, as well as weaving. This drawing, Tahmuras Defeats the Divs , does not conform to the iconoclastic standards of Middle Eastern art. Most artwork from that region from around that time period, does not depict living creatures, most of all people. This is due to the Islamic belief that to draw humans
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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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