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Abū al-Muʾayyad Balkhī
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Abū al-Muʾayyad Balkhī, a writer and poet of the 4th/10th century and one of the first compilers of the Shāhnāmah. Little is known about his life and education. However, surviving fragments of his Garshāsb-nāmah (see Tārīkh-i Sīstān, 35–37) and certain topics he brings into the Shāhnāmah (see ʿUnṣur al-Maʿālī, 4; Mujmal al-tawārīkh, 2; Ibn Isfandiyār, 1/60) suggest that he was familiar with Pahlavi myths and legends and had seen the Bundahishn, Khudāy-nāmah or Siyar al-mulūk. He was also fluent in the Pahlavi language and its terms and …

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Hafizi, Mina, Rahim Gholami and Translated by Jawad Qasemi, “Abū al-Muʾayyad Balkhī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 05 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_0108>
First published online: 2015

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