Poetry of Ferdowsi and words of the ‘Shahbanu’ – ARAB TIMES



I never respected or admired the power of the Shah of Iran, as it was unjust and corrupt, and was directly responsible for the massive popular revolution that took place in Iran in the late 1970s, which led the clergy to take power .

The Shah has learned nothing from the lessons of history or from his experiences. He had previously lost power in his country in the 1950s and fled from revolutionaries. However the English and the Americans reinstalled him on his throne, he fled again in 1979 and died in humiliation outside his homeland.

Shah Muhammad Reza is the eldest son of Reza Abbas Quli Khan, a former officer born in 1878 who rose through the military and political ranks before toppling the last king Qajar in 1925 and forcing Parliament to install him as shah, to then lead, with the support of army-wide reforms, imitating Kamal Atatürk of Turkey amid strong opposition from the clergy and feudalism.

Reza Khan’s reign was characterized by brutality and he lived in conflict with the Shiite authorities, especially after ordering the removal of the veil and the imposition of Western clothing.

He founded the University of Tehran, which was once the best in the region, and changed the name of his country from Persia to Iran after annexing the provinces of Arabistan, Baluchistan and Lorestan to Iran and changed his last name from Khan to “Pahlavi”, which is the name of the ancient Persian language.

Reza Shah made a fatal error in his alliance with Hitler during WWII, possibly because both believed in the superiority of the Aryan race, to which they belong.

British and Soviet forces intervened in his country in 1941 and he died three years later in Johannesburg.

Among some Arab nationalists and their Iranian counterparts, Persian verses are prevalent in satire and mockery of Arabs, and it is something similar among the majority of peoples, especially those who have waged wars among themselves and resulted in enmities that lasted for hundreds of years. Of course, there are similar verses which are worse on the other side.

Some believe that these verses, offensive to Arabs, appeared in the famous’ Shahnameh ‘of the history of Iranian literature, a long epic poem written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi and their presence testifies to the extent of the Persians’ contempt. for Arabs.

It was discovered through research and questioning that the following verses, despite their great fame, and some popular editions included in the Shahnameh were not mentioned in the older editions of the Shahnameh.

Abu al-Fadl Khatibi, one of the most influential and experienced scholars of the Shahnameh, had previously stated that the word “etfou” (to spit) was not part of Ferdowsi’s words, and his huge collection did not include verses related to the conflict of the Persians with other races and peoples, especially on ethnic issues. More importantly, the two worms have appeared in different ways in other popular versions, which confirms the issue of manipulation or insertion.

And the two lines in the verses are:

The one who drinks camel’s milk (in another narration: his urine) and eats a lizard

They have reached such a scale that they aspire to the crown of the king

So shit, time (and in another narration: yahoo), shit.

In an interview with the former Empress of Iran, Farah Diba, she said she walked into a mall in an American city and a number of customers greeted her and took photos with her. she (and when asked by a young man) if she was a famous personality, she replied in the affirmative. When asked again “from where” and she replied “from Iran”! The young man replied cheerfully: Are you Googoosh?

The comments of the former Empress show that she was not saddened by the fact that the young man did not know her, but rather rejoiced in the character of her native country, that Googoosh, had gained such fame.

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By Ahmad alsarraf


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