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Review: Ahreeman X
Art: Hamid Rahmanian
October 8, 2021


Shahnameh: Epic of the Persian Kings Ferdowsi Persian Poetry Book Cover
Hamid Rahmanian Art Illustration Version 2nd Edition

Shahnameh: The Epic of the Persian Kings

Shahnameh (Book of Kings) is the essential Persian poetry book in any library. Ferdowsi in Persian poetry is similar to Shakespeare in English Literature. Shahnameh is epic fictional and somewhat metaphoric factual history of the early Persian Empire written in poetry. Shahnameh was written in pure Persian to revive the Persian language.


Shahnameh: Epic of the Persian Kings Ferdowsi Persian Poetry Book
Abolqasem Ferdowsi: Author - Ferdowsi’s Masterpiece Comes to Life in Colors
Ahmad Sadri: Translator - Hamid Rahmanian: Illustrator - Sheila Canby: Forewords
Hamid Rahmanian Art Illustration Version 2nd Edition
Special Hardcover, Illustrated, Slipcased 2nd Edition
600 Pages - 500 Illustrated Colorful Pages

We Owe Existence of the Persian Language to 2 Persons

* Yaqub Leis Saffarid (840 - 879): Liberator of Iran and Reviver of the Persian Language and Culture
* Abolqasem Ferdowsi (940 - 1025): Reviver of the Persian Language

Yaqub liberated Iran from the Arabo-Islamic Occupation. After 222 years of slavery as second-class citizens in the Arab Caliphate, Yaqub freed Iran (majority of the Iranian states), revived the Persian culture and forced the schools and universities to teach Persian instead of Arabic.

Ferdowsi wrote Shahnameh in Pure Persian without the usage of a single Arabic word. He surely revived the Persian language. A third of Spanish words are Arabic, a fourth of Persian words are Arabic and so is in any other nation which was violently invaded and occupied by the Arabo-Muslim Caliphate.


Shahnameh Feathers of Fire Epic Shadow Theatre Play Scene by Hamid Rahmanian
Shahnameh Based Show Designed and Produced by Hamid Rahmanian

Today, many hard-working Persian scholars have researched and written wonderful books and have replaced all Arabic words to Persian. They are promoting pure Persian language; however, we must always have in mind that if it wasn’t because of Yaqub and Ferdowsi, we would have not had a Persian language to purify today!

Let’s be very blunt that if it wasn’t due to the sacrifices of Yaqub Leis Saffarid, today’s Iran would have not been existed! If it wasn’t due to the great sacrifices of Ferdowsi and Yaqub Leis, today’s Persian language would have not existed. Without Persian language, we would have been known as yet another Arab country in the world!


Hamid Rahmanian at the Shahnameh Feathers of Fire Persian Shadow Theatre Play Stage
Hamid Rahmanian at one of his shows’ stage around the world

Technically, Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq do not have Arab roots but due to Arabo-Islamic occupation, their race, culture and heritage were almost destroyed but most important, because they speak Arabic, they are known as Arab nations.

For facts, the only reason that Iran is not an Arab nation and the world does not recognize Iran as an Arab nation is because of the Persian language. The only reason that the Persian language had survived is because of Yaqub Leis and Ferdowsi.


Shahnameh Dark Design Sample (Equal Size to Actual 2 Crossing Pages) by Hamid Rahmanian
Shahnameh: Epic of the Persian Kings Ferdowsi Persian Poetry Book
Hamid Rahmanian Art Illustration Version 2nd Edition

Our race, culture, heritage, festivals and language were infected with the Arab Sub-culture. After 1400 years, we have managed to survive our Aryan heritage, culture, festivals and even somewhat our Aryan race, but the Persian language is the key-point to our survival and we owe it to the 2 greats, Yaqub Leis and Ferdowsi.

222 Years of Struggle for Independence of Iran (651 AD - 873 AD): Part 4
Book in 4 Parts: 15 Chapters

Pictorial History of Iranian Military Uniforms: Chapter 14
Book in 23 Chapters: Chapter 14. Saffarid


Shahnameh Actual Crossing Book Pages Design by Hamid Rahmanian
Shahnameh: Epic of the Persian Kings Ferdowsi Persian Poetry Book
Hamid Rahmanian Art Illustration Version 2nd Edition

Iran Lobby is Destroying Iran!

Today, we are again under the Arabo-Islamic occupation. This turn around, the Half-Breed Mullahs and their Degenerated Shiite Hezbollah have been occupying our nation now for over 4 decades. Mullahs are in power because the majority are indifferent, and the Iranian Billionaires and Millionaires around the world, specifically Iranian American Billionaires and Millionaires are a group of self-serving degenerated low lives who sold out Iran and Iranians to the Mullahs. They are making business with the Mullahs and IRI to protect their business interests inside Iran. These degenerates support Iran Lobby in USA and all of them are in bed with George Soros and the Democrats. The perfect example of these traitors is the “Silicon Valley Persian Mafia” who runs the American Social Media and the Tech Giants.

Iran Lobby Billion Dollar Industry in USA
Iranian American Billionaires and Millionaires Support Iran Lobby
Why Mullahs have been Running Iran for Over 4 Decades?
Part 1: Iran Lobby Operations

Iran Lobby Billion Dollar Industry in USA
Iranian American Billionaires and Millionaires Support Iran Lobby
Why Mullahs have been Running Iran for Over 4 Decades?
Part 2: Iran Lobby Documents

Google Iranian American Corrupt Management
Google, Facebook and Twitter Iranian American Management


Shahnameh Design Sample (Equal Size to Actual 2 Crossing Pages) by Hamid Rahmanian
Shahnameh: Epic of the Persian Kings Ferdowsi Persian Poetry Book
Hamid Rahmanian Art Illustration Version 2nd Edition

Battle to Save the Persian Culture is a Global Battle

It is every global citizen’s duty to help to save the mother culture of the world, the Persian Culture. Help us to get Iran out from beneath the Mullahs’ robes. Help us defeat and bury the Mullahs, Hezbollah and their Iran Lobby in USA agents, allies and benefactors. Help us expose the sellout traitors, the Iran Lobby and other Iranian American Democrat Degenerates.


Shahnameh Light Design Sample (Equal Size to Actual 2 Crossing Pages) by Hamid Rahmanian
Shahnameh: Epic of the Persian Kings Ferdowsi Persian Poetry Book
Hamid Rahmanian Art Illustration Version 2nd Edition

In these dark days that we are fighting for the survival of our 8000-year-old mother culture of the world, the Persian Culture, stand with us, stand with IPC, stand with Opposition, stand with patriots against the Mullahs’ Tyranny in Iran. Stand for freedom, liberation, Persianhood and Persian Culture. Always remember out great Persian Heroes. Educate yourselves to the true history of Iran.

8000 Years of Iranian History!
The Oldest Civilization in the World: 3 Parts
Book in 3 Parts: 8 Chapters

First and Last Persian Emperors

Iran History Index

Iran Online Library – Largest Iranian Library on the Web


Shahnameh Actual Crossing Book Pages Design by Hamid Rahmanian
Shahnameh: Epic of the Persian Kings Ferdowsi Persian Poetry Book
Hamid Rahmanian Art Illustration Version 2nd Edition

About the Shahnameh Book Review

I wrote this review on Hamid Rahmanian’s version of Shahnameh on 2017. Back then, the book was in IPC Top 10 Best Sellers List. Amazingly today, it is still in the IPC Top 10 Best Sellers List (look at the left column, middle of the IPC homepage, IPC Top 10 Best Sellers book List)! Of course, it has been in and out of the list but still the fact that it is still in the list, is simply incredible.

“Shahnameh: the Epic of the Persian Kings” book is not actually the translation of the complete Shahnameh but only a part of it. If they wanted to translate the complete Shahnameh Epic, the book would have been 3 times of what it is right now and in 3 volumes; however, overall, the book is a well-documented book on Shahnameh.

Hamid Rahmanian had also done illustrations and produced other books. He had also produced fabulous shadow plays with marriage of art, sound, light and shadows.


Hamid Rahmanian Shahnameh Illustrator
Persian Artist, Painter, Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Light and Sound Shadow Show Producer

I have different versions of Shahnameh in different languages in my vast library, but I have to admit that this book is something totally different. This Shahnameh is a well written, well-illustrated, well published valuable book, worthy of owning and reading by any poetry, history and Shahnameh lover, book worm and serious book collector. This is a book to be cherished and once a while read to maintain in your family library and to be handed from one generation to another.


Shahnameh Feathers of Fire Epic Shadow Theatre Play Scene by Hamid Rahmanian
Shahnameh Based Show Designed and Produced by Hamid Rahmanian

This is what I wrote as a review in 2017:

Shahnameh Book Review

Shahnameh: The Epic of the Persian Kings
(Illustrated Edition, Slipcased) Hardcover – November 21, 2017

As a book collector, I was skeptic about this book and I was wondering if this is yet another insufficient, flawed and graphic-less translation of Shahnameh, until it started climbing the IPC Top 10 Best Sellers Book List. IPC (Iran Politics Club) is the largest Iranian website in English and its best sellers list is let's say the Persian version of the New York Times best sellers book list. This made me curious and next thing you know; I bought the book! Wow, I surely do not regret it!

This book reminds me of the very fancy, hardcover, oversized, large deluxe luxury Shahnameh full of colored graphics and paintings in my father's library back in Iran, before 1979 during the reign of the Imperial Iran! I'll never forget that book. That was the ultimate courthouse style Shahnameh (Shahnameh Darbari) and one of the most valuable books in my father's grand library. As a child I had the privilege of having access to this magnificent library. My father was a famous author, journalist, publisher and cabinet minister with this massive library and I basically grew up reading the books in this library. In addition, I had my own library and also had access to my mother's library.

That Shahnameh was the most valuable Shahnameh which I have ever seen until now! This Shahnameh, bravely and accurately stated, is the legitimate English version of that Shahnameh. This book is an oversized, hardcover, glossy, well printed, well designed and well translated version of Shahnameh. I can bravely state that this book is the best Shahnameh available in English. So far, I have not seen a better version. As a book collector, author, journalist and publisher, I can surely testify that this book is indeed a literary treasure.

This magnificent book is one of the few translated Shahnameh versions which does not make Ferdowsi to shake in his grave in anger due to ruining his book! Ahmad Sadri has done a superb job translating this book and in various sections, he has basically written his own literature based on Ferdowsi's poems. What Sadri done to Ferdowsi is a step short of what Fitzgerald had done to Khayyam. Fitzgerald in many sections had basically written the Rubaiyat Khayyam in English so it made sense, yet it was compatible and directly related to the original Omar Khayyam's Rubaiyat. Fitzgerald done more than translation but he wrote his own poetry in English based on the original Khayyam's poetry in Persian. Sadri in many places and sections of this book has done the same to Ferdowsi. Sadri translated and somewhat wrote his own literature in English based on Ferdowsi's Persian text; however, the translation is compatible and makes perfect sense. If you don't do it this way, then the Persian poetry does not make sense in English. As a poet, many times in the past, I have tried to translate verse by verse from Persian to English, yet it will not make sense! On the other hand, not many people like Fitzgerald and Sadri can do it this way, simply because not many translators are also poets!

Ahmad Sadri's work is masterful but the most important element about this book is the illustrations. Hamid Rahmanian is a fine artist. He has done superb graphic design, digital 3D style painting and the illustrations of this book. Basically, Rahmanian has taken the traditional Persian paintings and miniatures and then brought them to life via the 21sth century style of computer graphic design and 3D Style animation. Rahmanian is a wonderful artist and has done such a precious illustration on this book. The book is full of illustrations. With over 500 illustrations, this book gives a new meaning to the "illustrated Persian poetry book". The book is basically a graphic novel, illustrated almost on every page, and every illustration is colorful, realistic yet traditional. These illustrations are technically modern but traditionally original. They are superb graphic designs of the traditional Persian miniatures with a spice of hi-tech computer graphics.

Sheila Canby's forewords are informative. The book is well printed, well published and well distributed by Amazon. This is a luxuriously collectible book for your library which is not just another pretty book, but it is a contentful, deep and serious epic Persian Poetry retelling the part mythical and part realistic history of the Persian Empire. Ferdowsi's Shahnameh is one of Iran's greatest literary and poetic works. Every Persian, lover of Iran or Poetry Book Collector must own an English version of Shahnameh, what better to add to your collection than this awesome piece of Persian Poetry?! This unique book with over 600 pages in total, has over 500 pages of masterful illustrations!

I strongly recommend for all to purchase this book from Amazon, now a fraction of the original price and a steal only available at this price in Amazon! I am telling you that if you love poetry and literature, buy this one. I guarantee it. For those of you familiar with my website, my writings, my works and my poetry, you surely know that I say it like it is. I am a blunt and no-nonsense critic of the Persian literature and poetry. Persian Poetry and Literature books in English come dime a dozen but only once a blue moon, a deal such as this will come along and at this price, you cannot miss out! This book is presently in the IPC Top 10 Best Sellers Book List and still climbing the chart.

I promise you right here and right now that in the future, this book will become an out-of-print valuable collectable. I got mine, did you get yours?

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