2015.12.17 | By Olga Davidson
In a previous study, I argued that the historicized narrative of the so-called Older Preface to the Shahnama of Ferdowsi is strikingly parallel to Ferdowsi’s own poeticized narrative concerning the genesis of the Book of Kings. In the present study, I make a parallel argument with regard to the Bâysonghori Preface. This text is the preface to the Bâysonghori Shahnama, a fifteenth century manuscript commissioned by the Timurid prince Ghiath-al-Din Bâysonghor b. Shāhrokh (d. 837 / 1433) in 829 / 1426 and completed in 833 / 1430 (30th of January) by Mawlana Ja‘far Bâysonghori, a Tabrizi calligrapher who appears to have also served as the librarian to the prince.
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