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Bābā Shāh Iṣfahānī
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Bābā Shāh Iṣfahānī, a well-known calligrapher and poet (alive in 1010/1601), son of Sulṭān ʿAlī. His family was originally from the Kuhpāyah, ca. 70 km from Iṣfahān, the city in which he was born and raised (Awḥadī, 215).

Some tadhkira writers identify Bābā Shāh as the student of Aḥmad Mashhadī (q.v.) (ʿĀlī, 50). Among later sources, Mīrzā-yi Sanglākh (1/187–188), who calls Bābā Shāh ‘master of masters’ (ra⁠ʾīs al-ruʾasāʾ ) and is known to have written fanciful stories about his life, states that he was the student of Mīr ʿAlī Ha…

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Javad Shams, Mohammad, Rahim Gholami and Translated by Matthew Melvin-Koushki, “Bābā Shāh Iṣfahānī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 03 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_00000011>
First published online: 2015

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