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Cultural Celebrities of Islam and Iran



Ja’far Badakhshi

Nur al-Din Ja’far Badakhshi (740-797 AH) was the Sufi and mystic of the 8th century AH. He was the follower and the special companion of Mir Sayyid Ali Hamadani and took the best advantage of his instructions. Mir Sayyid Ali, in his turn, assigned him to guide and instruct his disciples while he was on a journey. He is the author of Khulasat al-Manaqib, Istilahat Sufiya, and Sharh Awrad Fathiyya Ahbab.

Salim Neyshaburi

Mirza Salim Neyshaburi was the calligrapher, drawer, and gilder of the 10th century AH. In writing calligraphic pieces and Jalil calligraphy (with large fonts) as well as in colorful calligraphy, he followed the style of Sultan Muhammad Nur; however, in Khafi calligraphy (with small fonts), he was a follower of his master, Shah Muhammad Neyshaburi. He produced calligraphy of a copy of Nizami’s Khamsa, and a copy of Chehel-Hadith.

Kamal Khujandi

Kamal al-Din Mas’ud aka Sheikh Kamal was the celebrated poet and mystic of the 8th and 9th centuries AH. His poetry is joyful and full of humor, even in his sad poems. Behind the veil of his romantic poems, he criticizes the lack of freedom and the chaotic conditions of his time. Miran Shah, son of Timur, was his follower. He was the author of Divan of Kamal Khunjandi.

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