Fighānī Shīrāzī, Bābā
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Bābā Fighānī Shīrāzī (d. 925/1519) was a Persian poet born in Shiraz around the middle of the ninth/fifteenth century. Like many poets of the period, he came from a family of craftsmen, knife makers by trade. Nothing is known of his early education or his mentors in poetry. He first emerges on the literary scene in Tabriz as a poet of the Āq Quyūnlū dynasty, whose ruler Sulṭān Yaʿqūb (r. 883–96/1478–90) bestowed on him the honorific title bābā shāʿir or bābā al-shuʿarā (lit. “papa poet”) (Sām Mīrzā Ṣafavī, 176). Fighānī composed a ceremonial ode (qaṣīda) in praise of Sulṭān Yaʿqūb (Fighā…

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Losensky, Paul E., “Fighānī Shīrāzī, Bābā”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 17 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_27123>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004225459, 2012, 2012-3



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