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Ibn al-Balkhī
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Ibn al-Balkhī (fl. sixth/twelfth century) is the author of the Fārsnāma (“Book of Fārs”), a Persian-language local history and geography about the author’s native province of Fārs, commissioned by the Seljuk (Saljūq) sultan Abū Shujāʿ Muḥammad b. Malikshāh (r. 498–511/1105–18). Ibn al-Balkhī is otherwise unknown. The only details about him that survive are those included in his Fārsnāma. As his name suggests, Ibn al-Balkhī’s ancestors hailed from Balkh.

Ibn al-Balkhī gained his knowledge of Fārs by accompanying his grandfather, who was appointed mustawfī (“tax comptroller”) f…

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Hanaoka, Mimi, “Ibn al-Balkhī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Devin J. Stewart. Consulted online on 08 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_30728>
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