Bahrām b. Mardānshāh
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Bahrām b. Mardānshāh, was a translator of the Khudāy-nāmah (Khwadāy-nāmag), one of the most important historical works of the Sāsānid period, from Pahlawī into Arabic. Nothing is known about his life or the period he came from, apart from the fact that he was a Zoroastrian priest (mubad) from the town of Shāpūr in Fārs. The earliest source to mention him and his works is the Ta⁠ʾrīkh sinī mulūk al-arḍ wa al-anbiyāʾ by Ḥamza al-Iṣfahānī (d. 360/971) (pp. 9–10), which suggests that he may have lived in the 2nd/8th or 3rd/9th century.

While compiling his own history of Ancient Persia, Ḥa…

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Khatibi, Abolfazl and Negahban, Farzin, “Bahrām b. Mardānshāh”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 18 July 2018 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004246911, 20131209

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