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Nizārī Ḳuhistānī

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Author(s): Bruijn, J.T.P. de
, 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…


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, the tak̲h̲alluṣ or pen-name of a Turkish translator and commentator of Persian literary works who flourished in the second half of the 10th/16th century. In his own works and in most of the biographical sources only this name is mentioned. B. Dorn, referring to “two manuscripts” of Ḥād̲j̲d̲j̲ī K̲h̲alīfa, asserted that he was properly called Muṣṭafā Darwīs̲h̲. Even more uncertain is the name S̲h̲emʿ-Allāh Perzennī which Bursali̊ Meḥmed Ṭāhir attributed to him; this was based perhaps on the confusion with another S̲h̲emʿī, a Ṣūfī poet from the town of Prizren [ q.v.], or Perzerīn, who …


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, or Dāstān-i Ḳahramān , a popular romance in prose, several versions of which are known in both Persian and Turkish. It belongs to a series of prose works which develop themes from the Iranian epic tradition, embellishing them with fabulous touches borrowed from folk literature. Like the Hūs̲h̲ang-nāma , the Ṭahmūrat̲h̲-nāma and the Ḳiṣṣa-i Ḏj̲ams̲h̲īd . the story takes place in the earliest period of the legendary history of Iran, the times of the pis̲h̲dādīyān . The central hero is Kahramān, nicknamed Ḳātil, “the slayer”. His name is in fact a c…


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, ʿAlāʾ al-Dīn ʿAlī b. Mad̲j̲d al-Dīn Muḥammad al-Bisṭāmī (or al-Harawī), Persian scholar and theologian, was born in 803/1400-1 at S̲h̲āhrūd near Bisṭām as a descendant of the famous theologian Fak̲h̲r al-Dīn al-Rāzī [ q.v.]. The nickname muṣannifak (“the little writer”) was probably given to him “in allusion to his youthful productivity as a writer” (Storey). He studied at Harāt and continued to live in Eastern Persia until 848/1444 when he travelled to Anatolia. While he was teaching at Ḳonya, his hearing d…


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, Ḥamīd al-Dīn Aḥmad b. ʿAbd Allāh , was a prominent dāʿī of the Fāṭimids during the reign of al-Ḥākim bi-amr Allāh (386-411/996-1021) as well as the author of many works on the theory of the Imāmate and on Ismāʿīlī philosophy. The life of al-Kirmānī is known only in its main outlines, which can be traced on the basis of statements contained in his own works. Some other details can be derived from unpublished Ismāʿīlī sources, as has been done notably by Muṣṭafā G̲h̲ālib ( op. cit., 41 f.) who, however, does not specify these sources. His nisba points to his origin fro…

Takī Awḥadī

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, or Taḳī al-Dīn Muḥammad al-Ḥusaynī al-Awḥadī, Persian anthologist, lexicographer and poet. He was born at Iṣfahān on 3 Muḥarram 973/31 January 1565, into a family with a Ṣūfī tradition from Balyān in Fārs. One of his paternal ancestors was the 5th/11th-century S̲h̲ayk̲h̲ Abū ʿAlī al-Daḳḳāḳ. During his adolescence he studied in S̲h̲īrāz, where he presented his early poems to a circle of poets and was encouraged by ʿUrfī [ q.v.]. Returning to Iṣfahān, he attracted the attention of the young S̲h̲āh ʿAbbās I and joined his entourage. In 1003/1594-5, Taḳī retired for six years to the ʿatabāt


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, the pen-name of a Persian poet who lived at the end of the 4th/11th and the beginning of the 5th/12th century. His personal name as well as almost any other particulars of his life are unknown. The Tard̲j̲umān al-balāg̲h̲a has preserved an elegy by Labībī on the death of Farruk̲h̲ī [ q.v.], which means that the former was probably still alive in 429/1037-8. A ḳaṣīda attributed to him by ʿAwfī is addressed to a mamdūḥ by the name of Abu ’l-Muẓaffar, who in that source is identified with a younger brother of the G̲h̲aznavid Sultan Maḥmūd. But it i…


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(p.), a word applied in Persian with a contemptuous connotation to “a knave, a rogue, a drunkard” or “a debauchee”; in the terminology of poets and mystics it acquired the positive meaning of “one whose exterior is liable to censure, but who at heart is sound” (Steingass, s.v., after the Burhān-i ḳāṭiʿ ). The etymology of rind is unclear. It is not an Arabic loanword, in spite of the existence of the broken plural runūd , a learned form used next to the regular Persian plural rindān . The abstract noun rindī denotes the characteristic behaviour of a person thus qualified. Mediaeval historians r…


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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

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, 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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, 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 …

Malik al-S̲h̲uʿarāʾ

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(a.), “King of the Poets”, honorific title of a Persian poet laureate, which is also known in other forms. It was the highest distinction which could be given to a poet by a royal patron. Like other honorifics [see laḳab ], it confirmed the status of its holder within his profession and was regarded as a permanent addition to his name which sometimes even became a hereditary title. Corresponding to this on a lower level was the privilege, given occasionally to court poets, of choosing a pen name [see tak̲h̲alluṣ ] based on the name or one of the laḳab s of their patron. Certain responsibilities we…

Nizārī Ḳuhistānī

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Author(s): Bruijn, J.T.P. de
, Ḥakīm Saʿd al-Dīn b. S̲h̲ams al-dīn Muḥammad poète persan, né en 647/1247-8 à Bīrd̲j̲and [ q.v.], où il mourut en 720/1320. Nizārī n’était pas seulement son pseudonyme en tant que poète, mais aussi une indication de la loyauté de sa famille à l’égard de Nizār [ q.v.] qui, à la fin du Ve/XIe siècle, prétendit à l’imāmat fāṭimide avec le soutien de la plupart des Ismāʿīliens persans. Les seules données biographiques doivent être tirées de ses propres oeuvres. D’après Borodin, suivi par Rypka, il aurait été attaché à la cour des Maliks Kart de Harā…


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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…


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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…

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…


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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…


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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…


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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 …
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