Ancient Iranian kings in the world history of Rashid Al-Din

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This article presents the first full English translation of the Arabic text of that portion of Rashid al-Din's Jami' al-Tawarikh ("World History") which deals with five of the earliest Pishdadian or mythical kings of Iran. This text has a particular importance in that it dates from the lifetime of the author. Its content is distinctively different from that of the much longer and better-known narrative of Firdawsi that deals with these monarchs. It is thus a reminder of the co-existence of several versions of this material. Alongside a brief commentary on the text itself, the article considers the role and content of the four paintings that accompany it, focusing on how they interpret the accompanying text, their storytelling techniques, their evocation of the Ilkhanate court and how far they presage future developments in Iranian painting.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-46
Number of pages13
JournalIran: Journal of British Institute of Persian Studies
Issue number1
Early online date5 Feb 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Kayumars
  • Hushang
  • Jamshid
  • Zahhak
  • Rashid al-Din
  • Ilkhanid painting


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