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Our information about Burzūya, in particular his journey to India, comes from an account of his life (apparently written by himself) provided at the beginning of Kalīla wa Dimna (chapter on ‘The History of Burzūya the Physician’), as well as the story Firdawsī relates in the Shāhnāmah (8/247–255) from a translation by the Zoroastrian Shādān b. Barzīn, and the account in al-Thaʿālibī’s Ghurar akhbār. Both these latter are apparently based on one of the Khudāy-nāmahs, ‘Books of the Lords’, or the Shāhnāmah compiled for the ruler of Ṭūs, Abū Manṣūr Muḥammad b. ʿAbd al-Razzāq (f…

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Sadeq Sajjadi and Translated by Janis Esots, “Burzūya”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 09 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_05000047>
First published online: 2021

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