Iranian Culture MS324K
Part 1: In a sentence or two, answer the following questions.
Traditional Iranian carpet designs commonly embody the ideal, celestial garden, which
represents the attempts of the Iranian people in keeping springtime, the most beautiful and
paradise-like time of the year, alive in the household all year round. Another common theme
that can be seen in Iranian carpet design is arabesque and religious imagery commonly seen
in carpets in mosques, conveying the influence of Islam on the Iranian people after 7
The Rebirth of Rostam
, the main cultural issue that is highlighted is the idea that the
blood of youth should be sacrificed to give life to elder generations. In this film, this can be
seen when Feredowsi is shown writing the ending of the
, where he changes his
first draft of the story in which Sohrab is the victor to the true ending of the tragic story in
which Rostam comes out as the victory.
In postage stamp number 44, an image of
is displayed with a rose sprouting behind
. This celebratory New Years event in which the start of the
spring season is welcomed and praised portrays the significance of springtime for the Iranian
people, the most celestial and ideal time of the year, that Iranians aim to keep alive all year
In the contemporary Persian painting presented in the course syllabus, an image of a man
with a crown being transported in a carriage by four horses is depicted. This highlights the
role of the horse used both in and out of battle as “man’s best friend” throughout the course
of Persian history. The status of the man in the image can be seen through his dominance
over four horses.
In Jalal Al-Ahmad’s “Seh’tar,” the character shows an obsessive love for his seh’tar
instrument, which leads to his isolation and rejection by society. His seh’tar, which upon its
breaking leaves the musician in utter devastation, is the portal through which he purges all of
his emotions and finds true meaning in his life and a connection to his natural and spiritual
world. This theme of devotion and passion for classical Persian art forms such as music and
poetry is still alive and well in the hearts of the Iranian peoples.
In the course text Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America
incompatibility between the Persian and American culture can be seen the modesty, both in
physical appearance as well as modesty and privacy of family matters, that is upheld in the
Iranian culture that is not upheld in the American culture.
Sadegh Hedayat’s text The Blind Owl
appears to be significantly influenced by the pre-
modern Persian works of Nima Yushij. The two writers similarly showed distrust of the
government, a carpe diem mentality,
as well as a secluded life from the people of society,
whom they believed would never accept their understanding of life. This can be seen in Nima