The ancient epic of Persia, the Shahname of Firdowsi, is well represented in the Kurdish and Armenian oral tradition as seen in the article below by Victoria Arakelova

Below is an excerpt from Arakelova regarding the Shahname: 

Among the monuments of the world literature “Shahnameh” is, perhaps, themost popular one having made a great impact on the whole literary process of peoples living in a vast area embracing the territories between Asia Minor, Caucasus, the Central Asia, India and, even, Far East. The onomastic system of “Shahnameh” almost entirely can be traced in the name-giving traditions of the peoples and ethnic formations of this huge part of the world: Rustam, Suhrab, Bizhan, Manizhe, Rudabe, Tahmine, etc. are the most crrrent names of the representativeso f Iranian and non-Iranian peoples of this area, followers of different confessions (Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, etc.).

The Shahname’s influence has indeed spread far and wide. Note the example of the Shahname below by the Turkmen of Central Asia dated to the 15th century (c. 1494)::


 "Big Head" Fariburz and Kay Khusrau 1494 Fariburz comes before Kay Khusrau enthroned within a draped chamber, three chained prisoners in foreground, hilly landscape under gold sky, an illustrated leaf from a manuscript of Firdausi's Shahnama copied by Salik ibn Sa'id for Sultan Ali Mirza of Gazan (reigned 1478 - 1504) Turkmen Court Style, dated 1494.

Fariburz comes before Kay Khusrau on his throne. From the illustrated leaf from a manuscript of Firdausi’s Shahnama copied by Salik ibn Sa’id for Sultan Ali Mirza of Gazan (r. 1478 – 1504).

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