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Abū al-Fatḥ al-Bustī
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Abū al-Fatḥ al-Bustī, ʿAlī b. al-Ḥusayn (d. 400/1010), was a bilingual (dhū al-lisānayn, referring to Arabic and Persian) secretary, minister and poet of the 4th/10th century. His father's name is recorded as Aḥmad and his grandfather's name as Ḥasan (al-Samʿānī, 2/226; Yāqūt, Buldān, 1/612; al-Subkī, 5/293). Even though his hometown of Bust, an ancient city in the south of present-day Afghanistan, and his poems in Persian testify to his Persian origins (see Sezgin, 2/640; Manūchihrī, 140, verse …

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Arzandeh, Mehran, Azarnoosh, Azartash and Translated by Simin Rahimi, “Abū al-Fatḥ al-Bustī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 24 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_0060>
First published online: 2015

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