[PDF / EPUB] فردوسِ بریں The book was first published in 1899 The story of Husain and Zammarrud fallen in the grip of the Assassins take us back to the last days of Hasan Bin Sabah's merciless followers at the end of which th The book was first published in The story of Husain and Zammarrud fallen in the grip of the Assassins take us back to the last days of Hasan Bin Sabah's merciless followers at the end of which the sect's stronghold the famous fort of Alamoot was destroyed by the even merciless Mongol hordes Sharar writes famously in the style of a Walter Scott novel the novel itself being a new literary form in his day But there are shades of an earlier indigenous genre the Dastaan in his work Yet although he tells a gripping tale part Scott and part Dastaan he is not unaware of character Husain may be credulous and smitten silly by his love for Zammarrud but he can still ask Shaikh Vujoodi intelligent uestions which the Shaikh can only parry by the display of great wrath and superhuman knowledge Husain's credulity in accepting his answers immediately has a lot to do with his fear that he would not be allowed to visit his beloved in 'Paradise' There is a definite modern streak in Sharar's work His treatment of Zamarrud is different from the usual portrayal of female characters in his day Zamarrud has a mind of her own She is observant and intelligent and capable of rebuffing her lover when he sounds credulous and foolish No old fashioned perceptions of female 'duty' or the superior status of men holds her back from realizing that she is clear headed than Husain She is over not mild of manner or adulatory of her man as the prototypes of female perfection tend to be in Urdu literature of the day Yet non of this detracts from her femininity as she runs around 'like a delicate fleet footed doe' but fully determined to have her way Much has been written about the Assassins in English and other languages Sharar's novel has its own charm and given a chance it should become a very popular book Translated into Tajik Sharar's works have uite a lot of readers in Tajikistan where they are also the subject of a PhD dissertation by Vladimir Lanikin.
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