Aḥmad-i Jām
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Abū Naṣr Aḥmad-i Jām (i.e., from Jām, a village in the mountainous regions of central Afghanistan) Nāmaqī (440–536/1048–1141) was a significant sixth/twelfth century Persian Ṣūfī closely involved with the Saljūq sultan Sanjar (d. 552/1157), who left behind an impressive shrine and legacy. He was born in Nāmaq, a small village near Tarshīz in Kūhistān. Aḥmad-i Jām's numerous honorifics include Shaykh al-Islām, Quṭb al-Awtād (“Pole of the [four] saintly props”), and, curiously, Zhanda Pīl (“the giant…

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Safi, Omid, “Aḥmad-i Jām”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 14 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_22735>
First published online: 2009
First print edition: 9789004178526, 2009, 2009-1

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