Shahnameh-Khani dar Boston

Shahnameh Khani – Shahnameh Ferdowsi

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by Alireza Borojerdi

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Yaddasht-haye Shahnameh; by Dr. Jalal Khaleghi Motlagh

by Alireza Borojerdi

Salaam Doostan,

Happy Nowruz,

I was able to buy a copy of the book: “Yaddasht-haye Shahnameh Ferdowsi” by Dr. Khaleghi Motlagh from Sherkate Ketab. There are four books in four volumes. They are very useful for what we are doing. I will bring them to our next Session on 3/30. If you have got enough Eidies, I recommend you buy a copy! (That is how I bought them!) Or you can buy the first book that has been published in two volumes to start with.

If you need more info, please let me know.


هر هفته یک مقاله؛ شادباش نوروزی

by mfmonfared

به نظر می رسد قرار دادن چندین مقاله درپیوند با داستانی که مطالعۀ آن را با هم آغاز می کنیم، کاری درخور نقد باشد (خود مشتمالی!). بایسته است در نوشتاری کوتاه، دربارۀ اهمیت و ارزش هر مقاله نکته ای آورده شود که باتوجه با شمار مقاله ها کار دشواری به نظر می رسد. همچنین، ممکن است شمار مقاله ها از نظر روانی برای دوستان خوشایند نباشد و مطالعۀ آن را کاری دشوار بیابند. از این رو، در روز یکشنبۀ هر هفته یک مقاله دربارۀ داستانی از شاهنامه که در کار مطالعۀ آنیم، در این وبلاگ قرار می دهم.

از آنجا که نشست بعدی ما در سال نو خورشیدی خواهد بود، پیشاپیش با بهره جویی از فرصت، فرارسیدن نوروز، نویدبخش بهار ، شکوفایی و شادمانی را به همۀ دوستان شادباش می گویم و برایتان سالی فرخنده، پربار وآکنده از تمامی خوبی ها آرزو می کنم.

تاریخ روز پایان نظم شاهنامه

by mfmonfared

.Tarikhe Ruze Payane Nazme Shahname

 “تاریخ روز پایان نظم شاهنامه”، نام مقاله ای است از دکتر جلال خالقی مطلق، مصحح آخرین و معتبرترین تصحیح کتاب شاهنامۀ فردوسی که در مجلۀ ایرانشناسی به چاپ رسیده است. اگر چه  پاره ای توضیحات فنی نسخه شناختی مقاله ممکن است برای مخاطب کم حوصله خسته کننده باشد، ولی برای دانستن تاریخ دقیق پایان یافتن نظم  شاهنامه مقاله ای ارزشمند است و مطالعۀ آن را توصیه می کنم.

Lecture by Dr. Monfared at Suffolk University about Nowruz

by Alireza Borojerdi

Salaam Doostan,

Our very own Dr. Monfared will be giving a lecture about Nowruz at Suffolk University on Tuesday March 18, 2014. The flyer for the lecture is attached. Please try to attend.


nowruz-Suffolk Univ

Next Shahnameh-Khani Session at Khaneh Iran

by Alireza Borojerdi

Salaam Doostan,

We have been talking to Iranian Association of Boston and Khaneh Iran Management and we agreed to have our sessions at 4th Sunday of each month at Khaneh Iran located at

17 Nichols Ave., Watertown, MA  02472.

Our next session will be from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at Khaneh Iran. We will continue with the story of Zahhak and after finishing that, we will start the story of Rostam va Sohrab.

The handouts for these stories have been posted in the previous posts. For your convenience, they are added to this post as well.

Hope to see you all in about three weeks.


Rostam va Sohrab

Dastan-e Zahhak – Read by Mr. Esmaeil Ghader Panah

by Alireza Borojerdi

Part 1: The story of Zahhak starts from Minute 25 of the first video:

Part 2:

Part 3:

شاهنامه خوانی زنده برای ورزشکاران ایران – استاد شهرام ناظری

by Alireza Borojerdi

Video of Shahnameh Khani by Shahram Nazeri

Next Shahnameh Khani Session – March 30, 2014

by Alireza Borojerdi

Please note: The location for 3/30/14 session has been changed. It will be at Khaneh Iran. Please refer to March 8th post. Thank you.

Doostan Salaam,

We had our eighth session of Shahnameh-Khani on Sunday, February 16th. We continued with the story of Zahhak and we are within a few pages of finishing it.

We had a great night with tons of healthy and delicious food. Thanks to all who brought the dishes.

Our next session will be at 4:30 pm on Sunday, March 30th at the Brookhouse Function Room. We will continue with the story of Zahhak and after finishing that, we will start the story of “Rostam va Sohrab”. I am attaching that story to this post so people who are interested can read ahead and prepare.

Hope everybody will have a great Nowruz and see you on March 30th.

Rostam va Sohrab

Next Shahnameh Khani Session- Sunday Feb. 16th at 4:30 pm

by Alireza Borojerdi

Ba Salaam,

Just a reminder that our next session will be next Sunday, February 16th at 4:30 pm at the Brookhouse Function Hall. We will continue with the story of Zahhak.


Shahnameh Ferdowsi by Dr. Jalal Khaleghi Motlagh

by Alireza Borojerdi

Salaam Doostan,

We need a good reference for our sessions. Both Dr. Monfared and Mr. Mansour suggested the 8-volume Shahnameh by Dr. Jalal Khaleghi Motlagh (4 volumes of Shahnameh and 4 volumes of notes on Shahnameh). Dr. Monfared indicated this book would be the best reference for our work with meanings of words and phrases among other available information. I got the price from Sherkat-e Ketab. It is $359 not including tax and shipping.

If we can find enough donors to reduce the cost to about $40 or $50 per person, we can buy the set. If you are willing to do that, please email me at

If we have enough participants, I will email them to let them know how much the cost per person would be. We can then decide if it is reasonable. Thank you.


Alireza Borojerdi

February 16th- Eighth Session of Shahnameh Khani

by Alireza Borojerdi

Salaam Doostan,

Our next session will be on Sunday, February 16th from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Brookhouse Function Hall. We will continue with the story of “Zahhak”.

Several people suggested to change the diet more towards healthy food and get away from sweets! Maybe one or two dessert items. If we are volunteering to bring some food, maybe we should prepare a list of the appropriate items and choose from that list. I can bring bread, feta cheese, cucumbers, and tomatoes. The other items to bring could be chicken salad, cold cuts, or other protein-rich dishes.

Any comments?

How Shahnameh-Khani Sessions Started.

by Alireza Borojerdi

Ba Salaam,

Several friends asked me to post something about how these Shahnameh-Khani sessions started. I prepared the following text. Please read and comment so we can document the start of our sessions. Thanks!

How Shahnameh-Khani Sessions Started:

In winter of 2012-2013, while hiking in Blue Hills with Dr. Masoud Simani and Mr. Mohammad Gharooni, Mr. Gharooni kept encouraging us to start a Shahnameh-Khani group in our houses. He mentioned there were a lot of such groups in Iran and absorbed a large and mostly young audience.

I was interested in Shahnameh-Khani and I had some experience in setting up such sessions. My spouse, Dr. Marefat, had run monthly poetry nights for years and I had helped her with those. But I wasn’t sure if I had enough time and resources to dedicate to this cause.

Gharooni was persistent! He wouldn’t let go! Every couple of weeks, he brought it up again!

In July of 2013, while hiking with Dr. Simani’s hiking group at Walden Pond, I indicated I was ready to start and host the sessions at my place.

Mr. Gharooni, Dr. Simani and Mr. Mohammad Companieh mentioned they would support it. Dr. Homaee mentioned she would support it but Shahnameh was not her main field of study. We started looking for someone who could moderate and guide the sessions. We considered Dr. Mahdi Farhani Monfared, a history professor. We contacted him and he gladly accepted to help.

I mentioned my decision to start these sessions at the next meeting of the board of directors of the Grand Iranian Family (GIF). Everybody especially Ms. Jaleh Adibi (Dr. Monfared’s spouse), Dr. Syamak Moattari, and Dr. Esmaeil Mahdavi indicated their support. We decided to keep this program independent of any group so our concentration would be on Shahnameh only. It was decided to start with monthly sessions.

The first session was at my house on Sunday, July 21, 2013. Besides the people mentioned above, we invited a few people from the Molana-reading group of Dr. Homaee as well. These included Dr. and Mrs. Moulai and Dr. and Mrs. Mashayekhi. The group decided to start reading Shahnameh from the beginning.

The second session was on August 11th. We continued discussing the format of the sessions and studied a couple of pages too. The third session was on September 8th. Dr. Monfared prepared a few references that I emailed to all of the participants. These references were very helpful for our studies and we appreciated Dr. Monfared’s efforts.

Two important decisions were made in the second and third sessions. First, Dr. Homaee suggested that we study some of the stories of Shahnameh first to get familiar with the style and language of Ferdowsi and offered to provide us with some books that were the shortened versions of the stories with descriptions and meanings of words prepared by Tehran University professors. The group agreed this could be a good decision and decided to try it. We thank Dr. Homaee for that.

The second decision was to take the sessions out of my place so there would be more room for expansion.

The fourth, fifth, and sixth sessions were at the Brookhouse Function Hall on October 13th, November 10th, and December 29th, respectively. We studied the story of “Rostam va Esfandiar” in these sessions.

In order to make the communication easier and more productive, I decided to start this blog during the Christmas and New Year Holidays. This way, the references could be online and easily downloaded.

We started the seventh session with the story of “Zahhak” on January 19, 2014. Again, Dr. Monfared prepared a lot of references for this reading. We appreciate it very much.

These sessions have a class format and people can participate in reading and studying the poems if they are interested. We hope we can continue these sessions and make them as useful as possible.

I would like to thank everyone who has helped with these sessions. This is a group effort and cannot continue without the help and support of all of us.

Shahnameh-Khani on Sunday

by Alireza Borojerdi

Salaam Doostan
Our next session will be at 4:30 pm on Sunday, January 19th at the Brookhouse Function Hall at 99 Pond Ave. in Brookline. We will start the story of Zahhak. The story was posted before. Please print a copy and bring it with you to the session. Hope to see you all there.

More Info on Zahhak

by Alireza Borojerdi

Salaam Doostan,

More attachments about Zahhak from Dr. Monfared. We thank Dr. Monfared for finding these files and sending them to us.


20101113091628-واکاوی اسطوره ضحاک


Anasere dastani dar dastane zahhakShahnameh

Asre Ferdowsi

Naghde Ravanshenakhti


Revayathaye Goonagoon


برای مطالعه

by mfmonfared

دوستان گرانقدر،

 دربارۀ داستان ضحاک و فریدون، از پرتال جامع علوم انسانی چند مقاله گرفته و در وبلاگ قرار داده ام. اگر فرصتی داشتید، برای آشنایی بیشتر با ابعاد وزوایای این داستان می توانید به سراغ این مقاله ها بروید. چند لینک را هم پیشکش می کنم که می تواند زبده ای از این داستان را در اختیارتان قرار دهد.

با بهترین آرزوها

مهدی منفرد

Hemase Soraie dar Iran – Dr. Zabihollah Safa

by Alireza Borojerdi

Ba salaam,

Another reference for reading about Shahnameh and other epic stories of Iran. Again thanks to Dr. Monfared for emailing this to us.




Shahnameh – Moscow Press

by Alireza Borojerdi

The following attachments are the version of Shahnameh as published in Moscow. For those who want to have a complete set.
Thanks to Dr. Monfared for emailing them to us.


About Shahnameh – by Mr. Mansour

by Alireza Borojerdi

Ba Salaam

The following attachment was written by Mr. Mansour and published in the “Rahavard” magazine. We thank you Mr. Mansour for sharing it with us.


About Shahnameh-by Mansour

Opera Rostam va Sohrab

by Siamak

Rostam and Esfandiar (Animation)-part 2/2

by Siamak

Rostam and Esfandiar (Animation)-part 1/2

by Siamak

Correction to the Vazn article

by javadmoulai

If you are interested in the rhythm used in Shahnameh and read the article by Saeed Nafisi, please note that there are several typos.  An important one:  under فریدون فرخ فرشته نبود it is written فعولن فعولن فعولن فعل

It should be فعولن فعولن فعولن فعول

Otherwise his argument would be void.

Misc. info/references for Shahnameh

by Alireza Borojerdi









Salaam Doostan,

The attached references were prepared a few months ago by Dr. Monfared and I had emailed them to most of you. I am adding them to this post for those who are interested or have joined later. Many thanks to Dr. Monfared for presenting these.



by mcompanieh

Hello all, I am glad joining Snameh and would like to thank Mr. Borojerdi for arranging this blog.

Mohammad Companieh

Summary of Rostam va Esfandiar

by Alireza Borojerdi

Ba Salaam,

Attached please find the summary of “Dastane Rostam va Esfandiar” that Dr. Monfared prepared a few weeks ago. This attachment was emailed to everybody on December 12, 2013. I am adding it here for those who might have joined later.


خلاصۀ داستان رستم و اسفندیار _1_

An Introduction to Rostam va Esfandiar by Shahrokh Messkoob, pages 92 to 104

by Alireza Borojerdi

Ba salaam,

In the last session, we finished the story of Rostam va Esfandiar. Mr. Gharooni was kind enough to introduce me to a copy of “An Introduction to Rostam va Esfandiar” in persian written by Mr. Shahrokh Messkoob. A couple of days later, Mr. Mansour presented another copy to us.

Dr. Marefat pointed out to some of the discussions in the book that appeared to be very interesting. I would like to thank her for bringing these to my attention and I thought to publish it so other friends who are interested can enjoy it. I have attached the last few pages of the introduction to this post.



Messkoob-RostamVaEsfandiar-Pages 92-104

Next Shahnameh Khani

by Alireza Borojerdi

Salaam Doostan,

Our next session will be on Sunday, January 19th. We will start Zahhak.