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Aḥmad Nayrīzī
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Aḥmad Nayrīzī, b. Shams al-Dīn Muḥammad (alive in 1151/1738), one of the greatest Iranian calligraphers in the naskh script.


Even though the major part of his artistic life took place in the 12th/18th century, the contemporary written sources give no information on him. Muḥammad ʿAlī al-Qūjānī (Mīrzā Sanglākh), in his Tadhkirat al-khaṭṭāṭīn, was the first person to give an account of Aḥmad Nayrīzī’s life. This account was largely fictional but unfortunately was used uncritically …

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Mohammad Hassan Semsar and Translated by Russell Harris, “Aḥmad Nayrīzī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 29 May 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_0220>
First published online: 2015

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