Salmān al-Fārisī
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or Salmān Pāk , a semilegendary figure of early Islam, Companion of the Prophet and the person regarded in later tradition as the proto-convert to Islam from the Persian nation.

According to one tradition, the most complete version of which goes back to Muḥammad b. Isḥāḳ, he was the son of a dihḳān of the Persian village of D̲j̲ayy (or D̲j̲ayyān; cf. Yāḳūṭ, ii, 170) near Iṣfahān. According to other stories, he belonged to the vicinity of Rāmhurmuz and his Persian name was Māhbēh (Māyēh) or Rūzbēh (cf. Justi, Iran . Namenbuch , 217, 277). Attracted by Christianity while still a boy, he…

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Vida*, G. Levi Della, “Salmān al-Fārisī”, 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 November 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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