CMES: From The National Epic Of 'Shahnameh' To The National Satire Of The Rhyme Of The Mouse And Cat: A Translator's Journey At The Extremes


Monday, April 18, 2016, 4:00pm to 5:30pm


CMES, Room 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA

Ahmad Sadri
Professor of Sociology, and James P. Gorter Chair of Islamic World Studies, Lake Forest College

Professor Sadri will start with the world debut of the new rhymed translation of the 700-year-old satirical Rhyme of the Cat and Mouse by Obeyd of Zakan. This talk aims to put the poem in its social, political and philosophical contexts and explore reasons for its staying power as the beloved national satire of Iran.

Professor Sadri provided the new translation used in artist Hamid Rahmanian's stunning illustrated edition of the Shahnameh. This version of the Shahnameh inspired Rahmanian's stage show, Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic, coming to Cambridge on April 16 & 17. For more on Feathers of Fire, and to purchase tickets, click here.

Contact: Liz Flanagan