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S̲h̲ams-i Ḳays

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Author(s): Bruijn, J.T.P. de
, the familiar form of the name of S̲h̲ams al-Dīn Muḥammad b. Ḳays Rāzī, author of the oldest Persian work on poetics, al-Muʿd̲j̲am fī maʿāyīr as̲h̲ʿār al-ʿad̲j̲am , which covers the full range of traditional literary scholarship. Facts about his life are only to be found in his own statements, mostly in the introduction to his sole surviving work ( Muʿd̲j̲am , 2-24). His native town was Rayy, where he must have been born around the beginning of the last quarter of the 12th century. For many years he lived in Transoxania, K̲h̲wārazm and Ḵh̲urāsān. He relates an incident situated in Buk…

Nizārī Ḳuhistānī

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, Ḥakīm Saʿd al-Dīn b. S̲h̲ams al-Dīn b. Muḥammad, Persian poet, born 645/1247-8 in Bīrd̲j̲and [ q.v.], where he died in 720/1320-1. The name Nizārī was not only his nomde-guerre as a poet, but also seems to indicate the loyalty of his family to Nizār [ q.v.], the pretender to the Fāṭimid imāmate in the late 5th/11th century whose claim was supported by most Persian Ismāʿilīs. Reliable facts concerning his life can only be deduced from his own works. According to Borodin, followed by Rypka, he would have been attached to the court of the Kart [ q.v.] Maliks of Herāt, but Bayburdi identified…


(547 words)

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, Sayyid (or Mīr) Muḥammad Ḥusayn , a modern Persian poet. He was born about 1905 at Tabrīz as the son of a lawyer, and belonging to a family of sayyid s in the village of K̲h̲us̲h̲gnāb. In his early work he used the pen name Bahd̲j̲at, which he later changed to S̲h̲ahriyār, a name chosen from the Dīwān of Ḥāfiẓ, who was his great model as a writer of g̲h̲azal s. He read medicine at the Dār al-Funūn in Tehran, but left his studies unfinished to become a government clerk in K̲h̲urāsān. After some time he returned to Tehran, where for many years…

Muḥtas̲h̲am-i Kās̲h̲ānī

(875 words)

Author(s): Bruijn, J.T.P. de
, S̲h̲ams al-S̲h̲uʿarāʾ Kamāl al-Dīn , Persian poet of the early Ṣafawid period, born ca. 1500 in Kās̲h̲ān. According to the most reliable sources, he died in 996/1587-8; a ¶ less likely dating of his death, given by Abū Ṭālib Iṣfahānī in K̲h̲ulāṣat al-afkār (see Storey i/2, 878), is 1000/1591-2. For some time he was a draper ( bazzāz ) like his father, but he abandoned this trade for the more profitable career of a professional poet. His work was appreciated at the Ṣafawid court at Ḳazwīn. He seems to have continued, however, to l…

ʿUbayd-I Zākānī

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Author(s): Bruijn, J.T.P. De
, or Niẓām al-Dīn ʿUbayd Allāh al-Zākānī, Persian poet of the Mongol period who became especially famous for his satires and parodies. He was born into a family of scholars and state officials descending from Arabs of the Banū Ḵh̲afād̲j̲a [ q.v.] settled in the area of Ḳazwīn since early Islamic times. In 730/1329-30 the historian Ḥamd Allāh Mustawfī described him as a talented poet and a writer of learned treatises. A collection of Arabic sayings by prophets and wise men, entitled Nawādir al-amt̲h̲āl , belongs to this early period. When later in the same …


(302 words)

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, muḥammad s̲h̲arīf b. s̲h̲ams al-dīn al-s̲h̲īrāzī ( ca. 1001/1592-after 1063/1653), a Persian prosewriter and poet with the tak̲h̲alluṣ Kās̲h̲if (the forms Kās̲h̲if-i Kumayt, cf. Rosen, loc. cit., and S̲h̲arīfā Kās̲h̲if, cf. Tad̲h̲kira-i Naṣrābādī in the synopsis by A. Sprenger, Cat. Oudh , 91, are also mentioned). He lived in Iṣfahān and later in Ray, where he was a ḳāḍī for 15 years. His brothers Ismāʿīl Munṣif and Muḳīma were also known as poets. Only two works by Kās̲h̲if seem to have survived. Both deal with ethical questions…

Sabk-i, Hindī

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(p.), the Indian style, is the third term of a classification of Persian literature into three stylistic periods. The other terms, sabk-i Ḵh̲urāsānī (initially also called sabk-i Turkistānī ) and sabk-i ʿIrāḳī , refer respectively to the eastern and the western parts of mediaeval Persia. The assumption underlying this geographical terminology is that the shifts of the centre of literary activity from one area to another, which took place repeatedly since the 4th/10th century, were paralleled by a stylisti…


(500 words)

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(the most probable interpretation of the consonants mhsty , for which other forms, like Mahistī, Mahsitī or Mihistī, have been proposed as well; cf. Meier, 43 ff.) a Persian female poet whose historical personality is difficult to ascertain. She must have lived at some time between the early 5th/11th and the middle of the 6th/12th century. The earliest sources situate her alternatively in the environment of Maḥmūd of G̲h̲azna, of the Sald̲j̲ūḳ Sultan Sand̲j̲ar, or of a legendary king of Gand̲j̲a in Ād̲h̲arbāyd̲j̲ān. The qualification dabīr or dabīra is often …

Nūr al-Ḥaḳḳ al-Dihlawī

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, or Nūr al-Dīn Muḥammad al-S̲h̲āhd̲j̲ahānābādī, a traditionist and historiographer of Mug̲h̲al India who flourished in the 11th/17th century. The nickname “al Turk al-Buk̲h̲ārī” points to his origin from Central Asia. As a poet he adopted the pen name “Mas̲h̲riḳī”. He was the son of the scholar ʿAbd al-Ḥaḳḳ [ q.v.] al-Dihlawī, a well-known s̲h̲ayk̲h̲ of the Ḳādiriyya order. Nūr al-Ḥaḳḳ succeeded his father as a religious teacher and was appointed a judge at Agra under S̲h̲āh D̲j̲ahān. His death at Dihlī occurred in 1073/1662. In Zubdat al-tawārīk̲h̲ , Nūr al-Ḥaḳḳ enlarged the Tārīk̲h̲-…


(445 words)

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(p.). a Persian word, derived as an adjective from the common Iranian root nāman- , “name”. Already in Middle Persian the form nāmag can be ¶ found also as a substantive referring to an inscription, a letter or a book. In the orthography of Pahlavī, the word could be written either phonemically, as n’mk’, or by means of any of two heterographs: S̲H̲M-k’, which was based on the Semitic word for “name”, and MGLT’, i.e. the Aramaic m e gill e ta , “scroll” (cf. L. Koehler and W. Baumgartner, Lexicon in Veteris Testamenti libros , Leiden 1953, 1091). It occurs also in co…

Maḥmūd B. ʿAbd al-Karīm b. Yaḥyā S̲h̲abistarī

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, (or S̲h̲abustarī , according to modern Azeri writers) S̲h̲ayk̲h̲ Saʿd al-Dīn, Persian mystic and writer. He was born at S̲h̲abistar, a small town near the north-eastern shore of Lake Urmiya. The date of his birth is unknown, but would have to be fixed about 686/1287-8 if the report that he died at the age of 33 (mentioned in an inscription on a tombstone erected on his grave in the 19th century) is accepted. He is said to have led the life of a prominent religious scholar at Tabrīz. Travels to Egypt, Syria and the Ḥid̲j̲āz are mentioned in the introduction to the Saʿādat-nāma

S̲h̲ifāʾī Iṣfahānī

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, Ḥakīm S̲h̲araf al-dīn Ḥasan, médecin et poète persan de la période ṣafawide. ¶ Il est né en 956/1549 (Gulčīn-i Maʿānī) ou 966/1558-9 (Ṣafā) à Iṣfahān. Son nom de plume fait allusion à la profession médicale qui était une tradition dans sa famille. Il étudia aussi le mysticisme spéculatif mais fut essentiellement renommé en tant que poète. Son œuvre littéraire consiste en g̲h̲azals et ḳaṣīdas, écrits respectivement dans le style de Bābā Fig̲h̲ānī et Ḵh̲aḳānī (cf. Rypka, 300), et en poèmes sous différentes autres formes comprenant une série de mat̲h̲nawīs. Son poème le plus célèbre est le m…


(2,296 words)

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, Mad̲j̲dūd b. Adam al-G̲h̲aznawī, poète persan. Dès les anciennes sources, la kunya Abū l-Mad̲j̲d est parfois ajoutée à son nom. Son pseudonyme ¶ était Sanāʾī, et rarement Mad̲j̲dūd, ou Mad̲j̲dūd-i Sanāʾī. Le premier pourrait venir de Sanāʾ al-Milla, un des laḳabs du sultan gljaznawide Masʾūd III, mais la relation du poète à son souverain n’est pas claire, car aucun panégyrique directement à son intention n’a été conservé. En fait, il n’existe aucune donnée biographique digne de foi extérieure à l’œuvre du poète. Néanmoins, les nombre…


(549 words)

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, Sayyid (ou Mīr) Muḥammad ḥusayn, poète persan moderne, né vers 1905 à Tabrīz, fils d’un avocat. Il appartenait à une famille de sayyids, du village de Ḵh̲us̲h̲gnāb. Au début de sa carrière, il prit le pseudonyme de Bahd̲j̲at, qu’il abandonna par la suite pour S̲h̲ahriyār, emprunté au Dīwān de Ḥāfiẓ, lequel était son grand modèle en tant qu’auteur de g̲h̲azal. Il entreprit des études de médecine au Dār al-Funūn de Téhéran, mais ne termina pas et devint fonctionnaire au Ḵh̲urāsān. Au bout d’un certain temps, il revint à Téhéran, où il fut longtemps emplo…

ʿUbayd-i Zākānī

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, ou Niẓām al-dīn ʿUbayd Allāh al-Zākānī, poète persan de l’époque mongole, qui devint particulièrement célèbre pour ses satires et ses parodies. Il est né d’une famille d’érudits et de fonctionnaires gouvernementaux descendant des Banū Ḵh̲afād̲j̲a [ q.v.], Arabes installés dans la région de Ḳazwīn depuis le début de l’époque islamique. En 730/1329-30, l’historien Ḥamd Allāh Mustawfī le décrivit comme un poète de talent et un écrivain de traités savants. Son recueil de dictons arabes de prophètes et d’hommes sages, intitulé Nawādir al-amt̲h̲āl, appartient à cette période anci…


(1,109 words)

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, terme technique des littératures persane et turque désignant un ensemble de cinq mat̲h̲nawīs [ q.v.]; il s’applique en premier lieu aux cinq poèmes épiques de Niẓāmī [ q.v.] de Gand̲j̲a composés entre 570/1174-5 environ et 600/1203-4. Cet ensemble contient un poème didactique, le Mak̲h̲zan al-asrār sur le mètre sarīʿ-i maṭwī-yi mawḳūf, trois pièces romantiques: Laylā u Mad̲j̲nūn en hazad̲j̲-i musaddas-i maḳbūḍ-i maḥd̲h̲ūf, Ḵh̲usraw u S̲h̲īrīn en ¶ hazad̲j̲-i musaddas-i mahd̲h̲ūf et Haft Paykar en I k̲h̲afīf-i mak̲h̲būn-i maḳṣūr, et enfin l’ Iskandar-nāma en mutaḳārib-i mut̲h̲…


(803 words)

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(p.), désigne avec une nuance de mépris un coquin, un filou, un ivrogne, un débauché. Dans la terminologie des poètes et des mystiques, il acquiert la signification plus positive de personne dont le comportement extérieur est blâmable, mais dont le cœur est sain (Steingass, s.v. d’après le Burhān-i ḳāṭiʿ). L’étymologie de rind est obscure. Ce n’est pas un emprunt à l’arabe, malgré l’existence d’un pluriel interne runūd, forme savante employée à côté du pluriel régulier persan rindān. Le nom abstrait rindī désigne la conduite spécifique d’une personne ainsi qualifiée. Les historiens …


(801 words)

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ou Ḵh̲ard̲j̲ird était le nom d’au moins deux localités du Nord-est de la Perse, mais il n’est plus donné aujourd’hui qu’à une seule d’entre elles. I. Ḵh̲argird, dans le s̲h̲ahristān de Turbat-i Ḥaydariyya ou, plus précisément, le dihistān de Rūd-i miyān-i Ḵh̲wāf, est située à environ 6 km. au Sud-ouest de cette dernière ville. C’est maintenant une petite agglomération dont les habitants vivent de la culture des céréales et du coton ainsi que du tissage. Des vestiges archéologiques trahissent cependant un passé beaucoup plus prospère, a…


(1,123 words)

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, souverain légendaire du Sīstān [ q.v.] et vassal des Kayānides, rois épiques de l’Īran, était, ¶ selon al-T̲h̲aʿālibī et Firdawsī, le fils de Narīmān, le père de Zāl-Dastān et le grand-père de Rustam [ q.v.]. Cette lignée est le résultat d’un long développement qui recouvre l’histoire entière de l’épopée iranienne. Dans l’Avesta, Sāma est le nom d’un clan auquel appartenait T̲h̲rīta, «le troisième homme qui exprima l’Haoma», ainsi que ses fils Urvāk̲h̲s̲h̲aya et Kərəsāspa (Yasna, 9.10). Kərəsāspa (persan Kars̲h̲āsp ou Gars̲h̲ās…

S̲h̲ams-i Ḳays

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, forme courante du nom S̲h̲ams al-dīn Muḥammad b. Ḳays Rāzī, auteur du plus ancien ouvrage sur la poétique en persan, al-Muʿd̲j̲am fī maʿāyīr as̲h̲ʿār al-ʿAd̲j̲am, qui recouvre la gamme complète de l’érudition littéraire traditionnelle. Les seuls éléments que l’on possède sur sa vie sont issus de ses propres affirmations, provenant pour la plupart de l’introduction du seul de ses ouvrages qui ait subsisté ( Muʿd̲j̲am, 2-24). Sa ville natale était Rayy, où il est sans doute né autour du début du dernier quart du XIe siècle. Il vécut de nombreuses années en Transoxiane, au Ḵh̲wārazm et dan…
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