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Afrāsiyāb, a famous king and paragon of heroic strength and prowess in Iranian tradition, but also strongly associated with the fearsome attacks and plundering by the Turanians, Aryan tribes from beyond the Oxus (Ṣafā, 577). His lineage descended through several generations from Tūr, son of Farīdūn. A major part of Firdawsī’s Shāhnāmah—from the reign of the mythical Persian king Nawzar to the last part …

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Navid Bazargan, Mohammad and Translated by Farzin Negahban, “Afrāsiyāb”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 25 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_0188>
First published online: 2015

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