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The name Bīsutūn is derived from the word Bagastāna in Old Persian, that is to say, the vernacular of the Achaemenid dynasty (Kent, 6, 108; Qurashī, 179). This word is made up of two parts: the morpheme baga meaning God and the suffix –stān meaning place, thus referring to ‘the place of God’, which is also the meaning of the Persian word yazdān-sarāy, an expression which Firdawsī uses in his Shāhnāmah to mean a place of worship (see 5/2346; Qurashī, 179; Kent, 108). In G…

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Hamedani, Ali Karam and Translated by Rahim Gholami, “Bīsutūn”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 08 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_05000011>
First published online: 2021

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