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Jan 17 '13
"The 1934 reconstruction of Ferdowsi’s Tus mausoleum was central to the nationalist effort, involving the destruction of the existing monument in order to erect one that suited Persian modernist taste and highlighted a chauvinist view of history that erased influences deemed insufficiently ‘Persian.’ The monument contains a farahavar, a Zoroastrian symbol, copied directly from Persepolis. Besides the monument’s influences from ancient Persian design, the white stone signifies the Persian ‘purity’ of the Shahnameh with respect to its non-inclusion of Arabic words. It’s name, ‘Ferdowsiyeh,’ taken from the Shia Hosseiniyeh, implies that the tomb should become a site of contemporary pilgrimage just as Iranians had historically visited the tombs of Shia religious figures (imamzadeh).”From Ajam’s latest article "Ferdowsi’s Legacy: Examining Persian Nationalist Myths of the Shahnameh"

"The 1934 reconstruction of Ferdowsi’s Tus mausoleum was central to the nationalist effort, involving the destruction of the existing monument in order to erect one that suited Persian modernist taste and highlighted a chauvinist view of history that erased influences deemed insufficiently ‘Persian.’ The monument contains a farahavar, a Zoroastrian symbol, copied directly from Persepolis. 

Besides the monument’s influences from ancient Persian design, the white stone signifies the Persian ‘purity’ of the Shahnameh with respect to its non-inclusion of Arabic words. It’s name, ‘Ferdowsiyeh,’ taken from the Shia Hosseiniyeh, implies that the tomb should become a site of contemporary pilgrimage just as Iranians had historically visited the tombs of Shia religious figures (imamzadeh).”

From Ajam’s latest article "Ferdowsi’s Legacy: Examining Persian Nationalist Myths of the Shahnameh"

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