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S̲h̲afīʿā Yazdi
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, Dānis̲h̲mand K̲h̲ān, a high noble in the Mug̲h̲al Empire. A Persian by birth, he studied both rational and traditional sciences in the country of his birth. He came to India as a merchant and traded at Aḥmadnagar. He entered imperial service in 1060/1650 under S̲h̲āh D̲j̲ahān and was given the rank of 1,000/100. In 1065/1654-5 he was given the title of Dānis̲h̲mand K̲h̲ān which suggested the Emperor’s high opinion of his intellectual talents ( dānis̲h̲mand , lit. “scholar, sage”) and in 1068/1657-8 he was appointed Mīr Bak̲h̲s̲h̲ī but he resigned the same year. In 10…

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Athar Ali, M., “S̲h̲afīʿā Yazdi”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 12 December 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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