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Naṣr Allāh b. Muḥammad
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b. ʿAbd al-Ḥamīd, Niẓām al-Dīn Abu ’l-Maʿālī, also known as Naṣr Allāh Muns̲h̲ī, a Persian author and statesman who was born at G̲h̲azna in a family which came from S̲h̲īrāz. He served as a secretary in the dīwān of the G̲h̲aznawids. Under K̲h̲usraw Malik (555-82/1160-86) he rose to the rank of a vizier but he fell into disgrace with this sultan and was executed while in prison (cf. ʿAwfī, Lubāb , i, 92 ff.).

Naṣr Allāh Muns̲h̲ī’s fame rests on his version ( Tard̲j̲uma ) of the Indian mirror for princes Kalīla wa Dimna [q.v.] into Persian prose, which was based on the Arabic of ʿAbd Allā…

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Berthels, E. and Bruijn, J.T.P. de, “Naṣr Allāh b. Muḥammad”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 27 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_5840>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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