Hakim Abu'l-Qasim Firdowsi
Tusi commonly transliterated as Ferdowsi (or Firdausi, Firdavsi), (940-1020 C.E.) is a highly revered Persian poet.
is very much respected for his using his epic poetry to educate common folk.
This philosophy was not initiated by the mullahs of today's Tehran, but if we take time to study Persian history and literature, we find that the Persian political bible was written almost 1,000 years ago by the supreme doyen of Persian literature Abol Qasem Mansur Firdowsi
during the liberal era, after the Arabs lost control of Persia.
An illustrated copy of the Shahnama, or Book of Kings, a 60,000 verse poem by the great Persian poet Firdowsi
traces an astounding and mythical history of Iran from its inception till the Islamic conquest in the 7th century.
All I knew about its whereabouts was what the tourism department of the province of Khorasan had listed in an official brochure: it was in Tus, inside the "Harunieh Garden, the large, crumbling, quadrangular domed mausoleum, in the vicinity of Firdowsi
's mausoleum, the only remaining structure of the original city of Tus.
's poetic saga, which was completed in 1010, explores the Persian Empire's history, beliefs, myths and chivalrous code.
Handed down through generations, told by professional storytellers in bazaars and gatherings, these tales have been made popular the world over by great poets such as Rumi and Firdowsi
Its compiler, the tenth-century poet Firdowsi
, took over thirty-five years to assemble his sources from oral tradition and surviving manuscripts, from which he created a vast poem of over 50,000 rhyming couplets.