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(472-546/1079-1151), local historian of Herat in the Saljuq period.

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Volume I, Fascicle 4, pp. 350

ABŪ NAṢR FĀMĪ, ṮEQAT-AL-DĪN ʿABD-AL-RAḤMĀN B. ʿABD-AL-JABBĀR B. ʿOṮMĀN, 472-546/1079-1151, local historian of Herat in the Saljuq period. The scanty biographical information we possess derives only from Samʿānī [Leiden], fol. 418b) and from Ebn al-ʿEmād (Šaḏarāt al-ḏahab, Cairo, 1350-51/1931-33, IV, p. 140). These authors describe him as pious and modest, a ḥāfeẓ, traditionist, and copyist of sacred texts, from whom many scholars in Herat and Pūšang subsequently related Traditions. It is curious that Samʿānī does not explain the nesba al-Fāmī, but this presumably related to a quarter in Herat or to one of the surrounding villages. Abū Naṣr’s Taʾrīḵ Harāt (it is uncertain if it was composed in Arabic or Persian) is one of seven listed by Ḥāǰǰī Ḵalīfa (Kašf al-ẓonūn [Leipzig] II, pp. 157-58). It seems to have been especially detailed on the legendary origins and pre-Islamic history of the town and is quoted for these early times by the two surviving histories of Herat: Sayf b. Moḥammad Haravī’s Tārīḵ-nāme-ye Harāt (ed. M. L. al-Ṣeddīqī, Calcutta, 1955, pp. 25-26; cf. editor’s intro., pp. viii-ix); and Moḥammad Moʿīn-al-dīn Zamčī Esfezārī’s Rawżat al-ǰannāt fī awṣāf madīn a Harāt (ed. S. M. K. Emām, Tehran, 1338-39/1959-60, I, pp. 42, 55, 87 and passim)

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C. Edmund Bosworth, “ABŪ NAṢR FĀMĪ”, in: Encyclopaedia Iranica Online, © Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York. Consulted online on 25 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2330-4804_EIRO_COM_4643>
First published online: 2020
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