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Abū Shakūr Balkhī
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Abū Shakūr Balkhī was a Persian sage and poet of the 4th/10th century. Little is known about the details of his life. His name is not recorded anywhere, and his kunya and attribution are first mentioned in an ode by Manūchihrī Dāmghānī (d. 432/1041) (p. 140). The ‘Balkhī’ attribution shows that he was originally from Balkh and was probably born in that city. The date of Abū Shakūr's birth is not known either, but based on various pieces of evidence, some researchers have estimated his birth to be in 303/915 (ʿUnṣur al-Maʿālī, 216). As Abū Shakūr composed the Āfarīn-nāmah couplet-poem (mathnawī…

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Abd Ali, Mohammad and Translated by Daryoush Mohammad Poor, “Abū Shakūr Balkhī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 25 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_0210>
First published online: 2015



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