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Statue of Great Persian Poet Abul Qasim Firdousi located in the compound of his Mausoleum in the city of Mashad, Iran..

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Hakim Abu al-Qasim Mansur Firdowsi2 was born about AD 935 to a prosperous and educated dihqan3 family near the town of Tus, city of in Khurasan province. By age thirty, he had developed a good understanding of the past history of Iran. Familiar with the consequences of the Arab conquest of his homeland, he sought to safeguard Iranian heritage against impending assaults by the Turks of Central Asia. Toward this end, he studied the chronicles of Mazandaran, Sistan, Balkh, Bukhara, and Khutan, as well as the oral traditions that had developed over centuries around the ancient culture. These included discussions of immortality, the divine right of kings, knowledge, justice, heroism, vengeance, deceit, and black magic. By age forty, Firdowsi was ready to versify the entire account made available to him by a friend.

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