Khaleqi-Motlaq compiles notes on Shahnameh

TEHRAN, July 12 (MNA) -- Notes on Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh corrected by Jalal Khaleqi-Motlaq has now been completed.

The notes contain descriptions on the couplets in Shahnameh, of which almost 7,000 couplets were edited by expert Abolfazl Khatibi, Khaleqi-Motlaq’s coworker.


The notes are slated to be published in the United States, Khatibi told the Persian service of Fars, adding that Iran will be publishing them later.


Khatibi went on to say that the Great Islamic Encyclopedia Center published the corrected version of Shahnameh last year and it is planning to publish the notes on Shahnameh this year.


Khaleqi-Motlaq has corrected the version of Shahnameh based on the Florence copy written in 1217. The Florence copy is the first handwritten edition of Shahnameh without any pictures.


Khaleqi-Motlaq, the distinguished Shahnameh researcher has once said, “The Shahnameh is full of creativity that has influenced our great masters, and that is why Ferdowsi is called hakim (wise man). The Shahnameh is a spiritual epic and the message of all its stories is morality, so enthusiasts of morality tales will not be disappointed by reading it. Everybody knows that the Shahnameh is full of Iran’s songs of love, and if one day a book is written on our national history, it must begin with the Shahnameh.”


The Corrected version of Shahnameh was displayed at this year’s Tehran Book Fair in May.





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