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Haki-m Abu--l-Qa-sem Ferdousi- Tu-si- (more commonly transliterated Ferdowsi Tousi, Firdausi, Ferdosi or Ferdusi) (935–1020) is considered to be one of the greatest Persian poets to have ever lived. Among the national heroes and literary greats of all time, Ferdowsi has a very special place. His life-long endeavour, dedication and personal sacrifices to preserve the national identity, language and heritage of his homeland put him in great hardship during his lifetime, but won him fame and honour for one of the greatest poetic masterpieces of all time.
Ferdowsi has also another poem book in a romantic style named 'Joseph and Zoleikha'. But it has not been so popular. His masterwork, the Shahnameh, is the most popular and influential manifestation of true Iranian national epics. The Shahnameh, or the 'Book of Kings,' consists of the translation of an even older Pahlavi (Middle Persian) work. It has been a work of exceptional popularity among the Persians for over a thousand years. In brief it tells the history of old Persia before Arab conquest of the region, this tale all written in poetic form and in old Persian language starts from 7000 years ago telling the story of Persian Kings and their doings. For more on Firdausi, click here.
The following books of Firdausi are available:
- The Epic of Kings (.pdb, .lit, .html, .pdf)