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13.6.3 Biography: Families, Tribes, Races: Barmecides
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§ 1445. The anonymous history of the Barmecides published by ʿAbd al-ʿAẓīm K̲h̲ān Garakānī is assigned by him on linguistic, stylistic and other grounds to the fourth/tenth or fifth/eleventh century.

(Ak̲h̲bār i Barāmikah), beginning: al-Ḥ. l. R. al-ʿā. wa-’l-ṣ. ʿalā k̲h̲airi k̲h̲alqihi M. wa-ālihi ’l-ṭāhirīn. Riwāyat kard Abū ’l-Qāsim b. G̲h̲assān gird-āwarandah i ak̲h̲bār i Āl i Barmak guft Barmak mardī būd az farzandān i wuzarā-yi mulūk i Akāsirah: ms. in the possession of the editor mentioned below.

Edition: Ak̲h̲bār i Barāmikah [so on title-page], or Tārīk̲h̲ i B. [so on wrapper], Ṭihrān ahs 1312/1935* (edited with a long introduction by Mīrzā ʿAbd al-ʿAẓīm K̲h̲ān Garakānī1).

§ 1446. Ḍiyāʾ al-Dīn Baranī has already been mentioned (no. 666 supra) as the author of a Tārīk̲h̲ i Fīrōz-S̲h̲āhī completed in 758/1357.

Ak̲h̲bār i Barmakiyān (beginning Ḥ. u t̲h̲anā mar K̲h̲udāʾī rā kih ba-faḍl i k̲h̲wīs̲h̲), anecdotes of the Barmecides translated from the Arabic of Abū ’l-Qāsim M. al-Ṭāʾifī or Abū M. ʿAbd Allāh b. M. Lābarī (the latter apparently a writer of the third/ninth century: see Rieu), or both,2 and dedicated to Fīrōz-S̲h̲āh:3 Ethé 569 (ah 1097/1686), i.o. d.p. 363 (a) (small fragment only), Rieu i 333b (17th cent.), Bodleian 308 (seal dated 1124/1716), Ivanow Curzon 85 (ah 1285/1868).

Edition: place ? 1280/1863–4 (Āṣafīyah i p. 222 no. 880), Bombay [1889°].

§ 1447. ʿAbd al-Jalīl b. Niẓām al-Dīn Yaḥyā Yazdī.

Tawārīk̲h̲ i Āl i Barmak, a history of the Barmecides begun in 762/1360, dedicated to S̲h̲āh S̲h̲ujāʿ, the Muẓaffarid, and based on material collected by the author’s father: Blochet i 633 (late 15th cent.), 634 (ah 926/1520).

Extracts: C. Schefer, Chrestomathie persane, Paris 1883–5°*, ii pp. 1–54 (notes, etc., pp. 1–64 at other end).

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^ Back to text1. ʿA. al-ʿA. K̲h̲. “Qarīb” b. Mīrzā ʿAlī Akbar, born at Garakān in 1296/1879, went to Ṭihrān in 1311/1893–4 and studied French among other subjects. In 1317/1899–1900 he was appointed teacher in the Madrasah i ʿIlmīyah and since then he has taught the Persian language and literature in several of the schools and colleges of Ṭihrān. When Ishaque wrote his Sukhunvarān [circ. 1932] he was on the staff of the Madrasah i ʿAlī i Niẓām (Military College). His works include (1) Qawāʿid i Fārisī, a Persian grammar in three volumes, (2) Dastūr i zabān i Fārisī, in four volumes, (3) Farāʾid al-adab, an anthology with biographies of the authors, (4) an edition of Kalīlah wa-Dimnah, (5) an edition of the Gulistān. See Ishaque Sukh̲anvarān i pp. 219–24 (portrait), Modern Persian poetry pp. 9, 20, etc.

^ Back to text2. Both of these persons are described in different places as muʾallif i aṣl, muʾallif i awwal i īn kitāb, muʾallif i ʿArabī, etc.

^ Back to text3. The date “a.h 755 = a.d 1356” [sic !] given in the Bodleian catalogue as that of the completion of the work seems to be a lapsus calami for 757 [=1356], which, however, is mentioned in Rieu’ description [incorrectly for 758] as that of the Tārīk̲h̲ [i Fīrōz-S̲h̲āhī], not of the Ak̲h̲bār i Barmakiyān.

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“13.6.3 Biography: Families, Tribes, Races: Barmecides”, in: Storey Online, Charles Ambrose Storey. Consulted online on 11 December 2023 <>
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