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ʿĀrif, Mīrzā
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abu ’l-ḳāsim , Persian revolutionary poet and satirist, was born in Ḳazwīn ca. 1880, and after studying Persian, Arabic, calligraphy and music, became a rawḍak̲h̲ w ān , an occupation that he abandoned after his father’s death. At 17 he married a young girl against her parents’ wishes, and two years later was obliged to divorce her; he never married again. Leaving for Tehran, he took service at the court of Muẓaffar al-Dīn S̲h̲āh, where his singing attracted the attention of the sovereign and leading courtiers. Court life, howeve…

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Elwell-Sutton, L. P., “ʿĀrif, Mīrzā”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 20 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_8349>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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