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The list of chapters follows the sequence found in Mohl's edition (1838-78), which were later given an alpha-numerical designation by Fritz Wolff (1935). There are some peculiarities: first, Shapur son of Ardashir is numbered 22* and number 30 was overlooked by mistake. These irregularities are smoothed out in the edition of Dabir-Siyaqi (1956), which otherwise follows Wolff's scheme. More recent editions (Bertel's et al.; Khaleghi-Motlagh) do not give numbers to the chapters, only titles. These have been assigned numbers for the purposes of the Project. A useful concordance of chapters and page numbers in the different editions can be found in Kumiko Yamamoto's The oral background of Persian epics (Leiden, 2003), pp. xiv-xviii.

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open -2 - Other epics 11 193 1 2 17 95 54 23 1
open -2a - Bahmannama 2 51 2 1 20 11 7 9
open -2b - Barzunama 4 326 8 46 114 51 87 1 19
open -2c - Garshaspnama 2 83 3 2 10 42 1 10 15
open -1 - Preliminary materials 2 21 3 7 3 2 2 4
open -1a - Illuminations 6 415 3 90 107 106 37 63 1 8
open -1b - Bindings 3 88 3 8 25 18 9 20 5
open -1c - Frontispieces and Finispieces 11 256 17 60 104 43 5 14 4 5
open -1d - Preface 9 86 4 26 31 13 4 6 1 1
open 0 - Introduction 9 36 7 8 10 4 3 3 1
open 1 - Kayumars (30 years) 4 220 11 35 64 49 17 33 1 10
open 2 - Hushang (40 years) 4 14 2 2 3 3 4
open 3 - Tahmuras Div-band (30 years) 2 27 5 7 8 3 4
open 4 - Jamshid (700 years) 11 149 4 34 24 29 22 31 5
open 5 - Zahhak (1000 years) 26 317 15 64 89 72 30 37 1 8
open 6 - Faridun (500 years) 53 617 41 119 159 135 44 93 1 24
close 7 - Manuchihr (120 years) 80 883 77 122 229 217 89 117 3 29
close Manuchihr enthroned open 28 1 4 5 7 3 7 1
close The birth of Zal open 10 1 2 4 1 1 1
close The Simurgh carries Zal to her nest open 15 1 1 4 1 4 3 1
close Sam dreams of his son open 4 2 1 1
close Sam recognizes his son Zal in the Simurgh's nest open 10 5 1 2 1 1
close   The Simurgh bids farewell to Sam's son open 57 6 8 19 13 5 5 1
021v Dorn 329              
024r Inju 1352              
037v Ms 54.60              
015r Ryl Pers 933              
0053 P. 3909, M. 493              
035v C 822              
033r Ms. Ta'rikh Farisi, no. 59              
020v Ms. or. fol. 4255              
052v Cod. pers. 8              
04 Cama              
156v H. 2153              
033r Ms. 25294              
051v S1986.58.1              
0061 Ms 2245              
063v Shah Tahmasp (Unknown Collections)              
018r 1556              
0073 10982 F              
030 2007 October 24, lot 30-31              
002r Ms 612-617, 2842-2873              
077v Eckstein Shahnama              
032r 13.228.11              
043r Lewis O. 52              
059v Lewis O. 50              
032v 13.228.14              
0080v Ms. no. 581              
037r 13.228.22              
025r Suppl. persan 490              
2.037v Ms. 28 (O)              
031v MS 266              
064 Ms 1946              
156v Dorn 333              
134r O 17/7250              
132v Ms. or. fol. 209              
031v 13.228.17              
030r Suppl. persan 1122              
004 700-715              
033v Lewis O. 51              
04 No. 700-715              
037r Cod. pers. 10              
035r Ms.o.117              
035v Ms 1551              
325r R 415a              
023v PNS 381              
032r Ms. Minutoli 134              
0073 P. 3916, M. K. 494              
024v M.540              
056v Ms 289              
045v Suppl. persan 1027              
113v Or. 1356 (10)              
close The Simurgh brings Zal to Sam open 38 2 13 13 5 5
close Sam brings Zal from mountains open 7 4 2 1
close Sam introduces Zal to Nauzar open 4 1 3
close Prince Zal is presented to Manuchihr open 13 2 3 5 2 1
close Sam approaches Manuchihr open 2 1 1
close Zal returns to Zabulistan open 1 1
close Zal enthroned open 3 2 1
close Zal meets Mihrab of Kabul open 13 1 5 4 3
close Rudaba consults her maids open 2 1 1
close Rudaba's maids pay Zal a visit open 2 2
close Zal shoots fowl open 12 2 1 3 1 4 1
close Zal by Rudaba's castle open 20 4 7 4 2 2 1
close The maids return to Rudaba and describe Zal for her open 3 2 1
close Zal sees Rudaba on the roof of her palace open 21 3 1 4 8 2 1 2
close Rudaba lets down her hair for Zal to climb up open 52 1 5 11 20 2 12 1
close Rudaba and Zal together open 56 9 10 15 10 5 6 1
close Zal consults the mobads about Rudaba open 1 1
close Zal writes to Sam open 3 1 1 1
close Sam consults the mobads about Zal open 1 1
close Sindukht learns of Zal and Rudaba open 9 4 3 1 1
close Mihrab hears of Zal open 8 1 3 1 1 2
close Manuchihr learns about Zal and Rudaba open 9 3 3 1 1 1
close Sam before Manuchihr open 14 4 5 5
close Sam goes to fight Mihrab open 2 2
close Sam receives Zal (CHECK) open 2 1 1
close Zal goes as an envoy to Manuchihr open 7 1 1 2 2 1
close Mihrab gets angry with Sindukht open 3 2 1
close Sam receives Sindukht as envoy from the King of Kabul open 16 3 3 5 2 1 1 1
Sindukht returns to Kabul open 0
close Manuchihr and Zal open 7 2 1 2 1 1
close The mobads question Zal open 9 2 2 5
close Zal solves the riddles open 6 1 4 1
close Zal displays his skills before Manuchihr open 29 7 2 8 2 3 7
close Sam receives Manuchihr's reply about Zal open 2 2
close Zal comes to Sam in Kabul open 6 1 1 3 1
close Sam and Zal leaving for Kabul to meet Rudaba and her family open 4 2 2
close Sindukht meets Sam open 13 1 3 4 3 2
close Zal marries Rudaba open 48 1 5 20 12 4 5 1
close Sam celebrates Zal's marriage in Sistan open 2 1 1
close Zal bestows the kingship of Zabulistan on his son Zal open 1 1
close The birth of Rustam open 134 5 23 27 32 14 26 1 6
close Sam sees Rustam's portrait open 5 1 1 1 2
close Sam visits Zal and Rustam open 26 8 2 5 6 3 1 1
close Rustam kills Zal's white elephant open 113 6 16 23 36 13 15 4
close Rustam rides to Kuh-i Sipand open 4 1 2 1
close Rustam fights Mihtar, kotwal of Kuh-i Sipand open 19 1 3 7 3 5
close Rustam writes a victory message to Zal open 2 1 1
close Zal writes to Sam about Rustam's victory open 2 2
close Manuchihr appoints Nauzar before dying open 3 2 1
open 8 - Nauzar (7 years) 37 209 14 26 58 53 23 27 6
open 9 - Zav son of Tahmasp (5 years) 2 12 4 3 3 1 1
open 10 - Garshasp (9 years) 9 166 15 19 48 34 13 24 1 12
open 11 - Kay Qubad (100 years) 10 168 12 28 39 51 9 22 2 5
open 12 - Kay Kavus (150 years) 50 937 70 135 202 244 104 147 3 32
open 12b - Kay Kavus fights the King of Hamavaran 42 332 18 55 80 92 32 42 13
open 12c - Suhrab 55 572 28 92 136 160 50 80 1 24
open 12d - Siyavush 149 948 62 159 250 244 62 132 3 36
open 12e - Kay Khusrau comes to Iran 103 488 26 81 125 117 50 69 4 16
open 13 - Kay Khusrau (60 years) 97 507 42 67 134 122 46 81 2 13
open 13b - Kamus-i Kashani 75 522 37 63 146 145 30 82 2 17
open 13c - Rustam and the Khaqan-i Chin 77 511 36 77 122 120 40 89 2 25
open 13d - Rustam fights Akhvan Div 17 235 10 32 49 76 15 43 1 9
open 13e - Bizhan and Manizha 60 567 36 75 130 161 50 88 2 25
open 13f - The Twelve Rukhs 106 1050 81 192 261 246 59 167 1 43
open 13g - The Great War between Kay Khusrau and Afrasiyab 151 894 48 160 225 207 62 140 4 48
open 14 - Luhrasp (120 years) 46 387 29 71 122 87 15 47 16
open 15 - Gushtasp (120 years) 224 1939 159 233 486 521 134 331 75
open 16 - Bahman son of Isfandiyar (99 years) 16 56 3 4 13 20 7 7 2
open 17 - Humay (32 years) 17 73 7 10 19 14 6 12 5
open 18 - Darab (12 years) 14 15 4 2 2 3 4
open 19 - Dara son of Darab (14 years) 16 219 3 28 66 61 14 36 11
open 20 - Iskandar (14 years) 98 634 76 84 147 156 53 82 1 35
open 21 - The Ashkanians (200 years) 44 192 27 21 55 48 9 21 11
open 22  - The Sassanians: Ardashir Babakan (42 years) 14 103 15 18 30 23 2 11 4
open 22* - Shapur son of Ardashir (31 years) 3 31 1 1 8 10 7 4
open 23 - Urmuzd son of Shapur (1 year, 2 months) 3 3 3
open 24 - Bahram son of Urmuzd (3 years, 3 months, 3 days) 3 4 2 2
open 25 - Bahram son of Bahram (19 years) 1 3 2 1
open 26 - Bahram Bahramiyan (4 months) 2 4 2 1 1
open 27 - Narsi son of Bahram (9 years) 2 4 2 1 1
open 28 - Urmuzd son of Narsi (9 years) 2 2 1 1
open 29 - Shapur Zul-aktaf (72 years) 32 146 11 23 38 48 8 14 4
30 - Unnamed Chapter 0 0
open 31 - Ardashir the Good (12 years) 2 2 2
open 32 - Shapur son of Shapur (5 years, 4 months) 2 4 1 2 1
open 33 - Bahram son of Shapur (14 years) 1 5 1 1 2 1
open 34 - Yazdagird the Sinner (21 years) 23 357 23 59 98 102 25 37 1 12
open 35 - Bahram Gur (1) (63 years) 62 371 55 46 89 90 26 51 14
open 35b - Bahram Gur (2) 40 214 28 25 58 56 15 22 1 8
open 36 - Yazdagird son of Bahram Gur (18 years) 2 5 4 1
open 37 - Hurmuz son of Yazdagird (1 year, 1 month) 2 2 1 1
open 38 - Piruz son of Yazdagird (11 years, 4 months) 10 19 5 4 6 4
open 39 - Balash son of Piruz (5 years, 1 month, 6 days) 13 19 2 1 9 4 1 1 1
open 40 - Qubad son of Piruz (40 years) 24 65 10 10 14 23 2 4 2
open 41 - Kisra Anushirvan (48 years) 116 603 70 72 166 155 23 75 42
open 42 - Hurmuzd (14 years) 57 294 30 36 73 70 14 46 1 24
open 43 - Khusrau Parviz (38 years) 118 687 68 89 171 173 36 96 2 52
open 44 - Qubad son of Parviz (7 months) 26 129 11 11 34 31 8 27 7
open 45 - Ardashir Shiruy (6 months) 4 7 1 3 2 1
open 46 - Farayin Guraz (50 days) 3 6 2 2 1 1
open 47 - Purandukht (6 months) 4 3 1 1 1
open 48 - Azarmdukht (4 months) 2 0
open 49 - Farrukhzad (1 month) 2 1 1
open 50 - Yazdagird (16 years) 24 178 7 26 29 64 15 29 1 7