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Sadeghi A. Epic and National Self-Consciousness: The Case of Shahnameh. IQBQ. 21 (1) :45-72
URL: http://eijh.modares.ac.ir/article-27-11436-en.html
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Isfahan
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This paper aims to explore the relationship between epic poetry and national self-consciousness and in particular study how Shahnameh may be analyzed from this angle. What is the relationship between the Shahnameh and the Iranian national self-consciousness? What can one say about the Iranian national self-consciousness on the basis of this text? What does the text reveal about the Iranian identity? A related question should also be answered, is the Shahnameh an epic? This is not a pedantic question concerned merely with definitions and labels. As will become clear, an epic reveals a great deal about the national consciousness of the people to whom it belongs (or who belong to it); to identify a poem as an epic, is to be making an important statement about the national consciousness of a people. The question of whether the Shahnameh is an epic or not is hence far from a pedantic one. It takes us right into the heart of Iranian national consciousness
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Received: 2012/07/5 | Accepted: 2014/03/17 | Published: 2015/01/21

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