The main goal of our project is to gain a better understanding of Persian culture through the exploration of the Shahnameh and the scholarly works surrounding it. I will contribute to our project by exploring the role and characterization of women within the work. This epic poem has been regarded as capturing the culture of Persia, and I will work to discover what part the women played within this culture. Some of the key questions I hope to answer is: how were women viewed in this culture? What was the male/female dynamic? What were the experiences of women at this time? Furthermore, to gain this deeper understanding, I will work with my fellow team members to connect how the view of women in the Shahnameh is reflected in the religious culture, the art, and the national identity.

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Photo Source: Bizhane receives an invitation through Manizheh’s nurse. This photo is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 100 years or less)