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Published on Jul 3, 2008
This is the story of "Rustam and Sohrab" from the great Shahnameh (Book of the Kings). The Shahnameh is a poetic epic written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi around 1000 AD. The Shahnameh tells the mythical and historical past of Persia from the creation of the world up until the Arab invasion of Persia. The Shahnameh, written in Persian, has been pivotal for reviving the Persian language subsequent to the influence of Arabic.The Book of the Kings is regarded as a literary masterpiece which reflects Persia's history, cultural values, its ancient religion, Zoroasterianism, and its profound sense of nationhood. This particular story of Rustam and Sohrab is only one of the many chapters in the Shahnameh. Rustam has always been a hero to Persians as well as other Persian speakers. The Shahnameh is very important, especially nowadays, because contrary to what people think today, it does not represent just the political country of Iran. Instead, the epic covers parts of modern-day Afghanistan, as well as Iran, Tajikistan, and the cities of Samarqand and Bukhara. Though the peoples of these regions are separated against their will by such political borders it can not change the fact that they share the same language, culture and history and, importantly, Rustam is still their hero. The Shahnameh is valued above the Quran and fortunately the Persians are rediscovering their roots and shaking loose from the hold that Arabic had on them. They are realizing just how barbaric the Arabs are and they are moving away from the Arab culture and Islam and going towards their own culture and beliefs. Though there are still Persians who defend the savage acts of the Arabs i.e. forcing their language on the Persians, changing their livelihood, abolishing their legends, etc. These Persians do not realize the errors of their ways and the fact that they are just pawns being used by the Arabs. As the saying goes, "When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you". Others work to keep the Persians separated for their own advantage. These legends like Rustam who serve as reminders of the greatness the Persians come from and these books like the Shahnameh that captures the timeless power of a great culture.