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Bereshit-nāma ('The Book of Genesis')
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As far as is known, Judeo-Persian belles-lettres began with the works of Mowlānā Shāhīn-i Shīrāzī (Our Master, the Royal Falcon of Shiraz), who flourished in the fourteenth century in Iran. Only the pen name of the poet is known and the fact that he lived during the reign of the Ῑl-khānid ruler Abū Saʿīd (1316-1335), to whom he dedicated a panegyric. Shāhīn's surviving oeuvre consists of two major epic cycles, the first of which, known only as [Bereshit-]nāma (The Book of Genesis), a name bestowed upon it by scholars, consists of versifications of selected narrative part…

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Vera B. Moreen, “Bereshit-nāma ('The Book of Genesis')”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 22 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0004190>
First published online: 2010

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