This week, Danièle speaks with Shahzad Bashir about the absolutely massive tradition of medieval Persian poetry, what it has in common with modern hip-hop, and its impact on Persian culture from the Middle Ages to today.
Shahzad Bashir is a Professor of History and Religious Studies at Brown University. He specializes in the intellectual and social history of Iran and Central and South Asia from the late medieval period to the present. Click here to view his university website.
Shahzad is the author of The Market in Poetry in the Persian World, published by Cambridge University Press.
The chronicle mentioned in this episode which integrates both poetry and prose to talk about – and conceal – history is Mahmud Natanzi’s Noqāvatolāsār fi zekrol-akhyār (The Best Traces Remembering Those Gone By).
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Top Image: A page from a manuscript of Shahnameh – Wikimedia Commons