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Abu Mo’in Hamid ad-Din Nasir ibn Khusraw al-Qubadiani or Nāsir Khusraw Qubādiyānī Balkhi [also spelled as Nasir Khusrow and Naser Khosrow] (1004 – 1088 CE) (Persian: ناصر خسرو قبادیانی‎) was a Persian poet,[2] philosopher, Isma'ili scholar,[3][4] traveler and one of the greatest writers in Persian literature. He was born in Qabodiyon, (Qabādiyān), a village in Bactria
in the ancient Greater Iranian province of Khorasan,[5][6] now in modern Tajikistan[7] and died in Yamagan, now Afghanistan. He is considered one of the great poets and writers in Persian literature. The Safarnama, an account of his travels, is his most famous work and remains required reading in Iran
even today.[8]


1 Life 2 Works 3 Poetry 4 See also 5 Notes 6 References 7 Further reading 8 External links

Life[edit] Nasir Khusraw
Nasir Khusraw
was born in 1004 AD, in Qabodiyon.[8] He was well versed in the branches of the natural sciences, medicine, mathematics, astronomy and astrology, Greek philosophy, and the writings of al-Kindi, al-Farabi and Ibn Sina; and in the interpretation of the Qur'an. He also studied Arabic, Turkish, Greek, the vernacular languages of India
and Sindh, and perhaps even Hebrew; and had visited Multan
and Lahore, and the splendid Ghaznavid
court under Sultan Mahmud, Firdousi's patron. He later chose Merv
for his residence, and was the owner of a house and garden there.[9] Until A.H. 437 (1046 AD), he worked as a financial secretary and revenue collector for the Seljuk sultan Toghrul Beg, or rather for his brother Jaghir Beg, the emir of Khorasan, who had conquered Merv
in 1037. At around this time, inspired by a heavenly voice in a dream, he abjured all the luxuries of his life, and resolved upon a pilgrimage to the holy shrines of Mecca
and Medina, hoping to find there the solution to his spiritual crisis.[9] The graphic description of this journey is contained in the Safarnama, which still possesses special value among books of travel, as it contains the most authentic account of the state of the Muslim world in the middle of the 11th century. The minute sketches of Jerusalem and its environs are even today of practical value.[9] During the seven years of his 19,000-kilometre journey (1046–1052), Nasir visited Mecca
four times, and performed all the rites and observances of a zealous pilgrim; but he was far more attracted by Cairo, the capital of Egypt, and the residence of the Fatimid caliph-imam Ma'ad al-Mustansir Billah, the Imam of the Ismaili
Shi'a Muslims, which was just then waging a deadly war against the Abbasid caliph of Baghdad, and Toghrul Beg
Toghrul Beg
the Seljuk, the great defender of the Sunni creed. At the very time of Nasir's visit to Cairo, the power of the Egyptian Fatimids
was in its zenith; Syria, the Hejaz, Africa, and Sicily
obeyed al-Mustanir's sway, and the utmost order, security and prosperity reigned in Egypt.[9] At Cairo, he learned mainly under the Fatimid
dā‘ī ("missionary") Mu'ayyad fid-Din al-Shirazi, and became thoroughly imbued with the Shi'a
doctrines of the Fatimids, and their introduction into his native country was henceforth the sole object of his life. He was raised to the position of dā‘ī "missionary" and appointed as the Hujjat-i Khorasan, though the hostility he encountered in the propagation of these new religious ideas after his return to Greater Khorasan in 1052 A.D. and Sunnite fanaticism compelled him at last to flee. After wandering from place to place, he found refuge in Yamgan (about 1060 A.D.) in the mountains of Badakhshan, where he spent as a hermit the last decades of his life, gathering a considerable number of devoted adherents, who have handed down his doctrines to succeeding generations.[9] He died in Yamagan in present-day northern Afghanistan.[8] Works[edit]

Safar Nāma-i Nāsir Khusraw.

(Persian: سفرنامه‎)

(The Book of Travels) is his most famous work. He visited dozens of cities in about seven years (1046, March 6 – 1052, October 23) and wrote comprehensively about them, including details about colleges, caravanserais, mosques, scientists, kings, the public, the population, the area of the cities, and, of course, his interesting memories. After 1000 years, his Safarnama
is still readable for Persian-speaking people.

Diwan (Persian: دیوان‎)

Among his other works, most of the lyrical poems in his Diwan were composed in his retirement, and their chief topics are an enthusiastic praise of Ali, his descendants, and al-Mustansir in particular, along with passionate outcries against Khorasan and its rulers, who had driven him from his home. It also explores his immense satisfaction with the quiet solitude of Yumgan, and his utter despondency again in seeing himself despised by his former associates and excluded from participation in the glorious contest of life. Scattered through all these alternating outbursts of hope and despair, there are lessons of morality, and solemn warnings against the tricks and perfidy of the world, the vanity of all earthly splendour and greatness, the folly and injustice of men, and the hypocrisy, frivolity and viciousness of fashionable society and princely courts in particular.[9]

Gushayish va Rahayish (Persian: گشایش و رهایش‎)

Another work of Nasir Khusraw
Nasir Khusraw
is the Persian philosophical work "Gushayis va Rahayish" which has been translated into English by F.M. Hunzai under the title: "Knowledge and Liberation". The work discusses creation, questions related to the soul, epistemology, creation, and Ismaili
Islamic doctorines. From a linguistic point of view, the work is an example of early philosophical writing in new Persian. It is the same strain which runs, although in a somewhat lower key, through his two larger mathnavis, the Rawshana-i-nama (Persian: روشنایی نامه‎) (or Book of Enlightenment, also known as Shish Fasl), and the Sa'datnama (Book of Felicity). The former is divided into two sections: the first, of a metaphysical character, contains a sort of practical cosmography, chiefly based on Avicenna's theories, but frequently intermixed both with the freer speculations of the well-known philosophical brotherhood of Basra, the Ikhwan al-Safa, and purely Shi'ite or Isma'ili
ideas; the second, or ethical section of the poem, abounds in moral maxims and ingenious thoughts on man's good and bad qualities, on the necessity of shunning the company of fools and double-faced friends, on the deceptive allurements of the world and the secret snares of ambitious men craving for rank and wealth. It concludes with an imaginary vision of a beautiful work of spirits who have stripped off the fetters of earthly cares and sorrows and revel in the pure light of divine wisdom and love.[9] If we compare this with a similar allegory in Nasir's Diwan, which culminates in the praise of Mustansir, we are fairly entitled to look upon it as a covert allusion to the eminent men who revealed to the poet in Cairo
the secrets of the Isma'ili
faith, and showed him what he considered the heavenly ladder to superior knowledge and spiritual bliss.[9] A similar series of excellent teachings on practical wisdom and the blessings of a virtuous life, only of a more severe and uncompromising character, is contained in the Sa'datnama; and, judging from the extreme bitterness of tone manifested in the reproaches of kings and emirs, we should be inclined to consider it a protest against the vile aspersions poured out upon Nasir's moral and religious attitude during those persecutions which drove him at last to Yumgan.[9] Of all other works of the author, the Zaad al-Musafirin (or Travelling Provisions of Pilgrims) and the Wajh-i-Din (or The Face of Religion) are theoretical descriptions of his religious and philosophical principles; the rest of them can be dismissed as being probably just as apocryphal as Nasir's famous autobiography (found in several Persian tadhkiras or biographies of poets), a mere forgery of the most extravagant description, which is mainly responsible for the confusion in names and dates in older accounts of our author.[9]

Book on Mathematics
(Arabic: عجایب الحساب و عرایب الحساب‎)

Nasir Khusraw
Nasir Khusraw
wrote a book on mathematics which has now been lost. He states in his other work that he could: not find one single scholar throughout all of Khorasan and eastern lands like myself [who] could grapple with the solutions to these problems. But he felt it his responsibility to take the task for readers he would never see, 'those yet to come, in a time yet to come' Poetry[edit] Nasir Khusraw
Nasir Khusraw
loved the Persian language
Persian language
and hated poets like 'Unsuri who, rather than give a realistic portrayal of Mahmud of Ghazna, found ways to extol his deeds. The following poem speaks to this aspect of Khusraw's poetry.

Reproach Not the Firmament! By Nasir-i Khusrau Translated by Iraj Bashiri Copyright, Iraj Bashiri, 2004

Reproach not the Firmament deep and blue, Forget thy stubborn nature to reveal a clue.

Neither expect from the Firmament any joy, When your own star you knowingly destroy.

Fruitless trees are, at best, fuel for fire, Fruitless men, alike, to oblivion retire.

Forget about fragrant tresses and lips sweet, About hedges, and tulip cheeks to greet.

Lavish not praise on a filthy creature, With dastardly deeds as its only feature.

Adore not with verse the Lie or the Greed, Smite down the infidels’ most cherished creed.

Be not Unsuri, who groveling worshiped Mahmud, Lavished on him all flattery and paean he could.

I pledge never to sprinkle before the swine, These precious, peerless Dari pearls of mine.[10]

The poetry of Nasir Khusraw
Nasir Khusraw
is replete with advice and wisdom. Being the representative of the Fatimid
Imams in Khorasan, Nasir guided his followers through his poetry. His Persian poetry is enjoyed by the average Persian speaker of today and is taught in grade school. Some of the fables mentioned in his poems were eventually to find their way to the West. Among them is the story of The Gourd and the Palm-tree:

Have you heard? A squash vine grew beneath a towering tree. In only twenty days it grew and spread and put forth fruit. Of the tree it asked: "How old are you? How many years?" Replied the tree: "Two hundred it would be, and surely more." The squash laughed and said: "Look, in twenty days, I've done More than you; tell me, why are you so slow?" The tree responded: "O little Squash, today is not the day of reckoning between the two of us. "Tomorrow, when winds of autumn howl down on you and me, then shall it be known for sure which one of us is the most resilient!" نشنیده‌ای که زیر چناری کدو بنی بر رست و بردوید برو بر به روز بیست؟ پرسید از آن چنار که تو چند ساله‌ای؟ --- گفتا دویست باشد و اکنون زیادتی است خندید ازو کدو که من از تو به بیست روز --- بر تر شدم بگو تو که این کاهلی ز چیست او را چنار گفت که امروز ای کدو --- با تو مرا هنوز نه هنگام داوری است فردا که بر من و تو وزد باد مهرگان --- آنگه شود پدید که از ما دو مرد کیست

Nasir and Shiat-ul-Ali

See also[edit]


List of Persian poets and authors Persian literature


^ Balcıoğlu, Tahir Harimî (1940). Hilmi Ziya Ülken, ed. Türk tarihinde mezhep cereyanları (in Turkish). İstanbul: Kanaat Yayınları, Ahmed Sait tab'ı. p. 136.  Chapter on Mısır Fâtımîleri ve Aleviler'in Pamir Teşkilâtı. ^ Nasir-i Khusraw, Azim Nanji, The Encyclopaedia of Islam, Vol. VII, ed. C.E. Bosworth, E. Van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs and CH. PELLAT, (Brill, 1991), 1006. ^ G.E. Tetley (27 October 2008). The Ghaznavid
and Seljuk Turks: Poetry
as a Source for Iranian History. Routledge. pp. 18–. ISBN 978-1-134-08439-5.  ^ http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/badaksan ^ "Nasir Khusraw". Internet Encyclopædia of Philosophy. 2005.  ^ "Nāṣir-i Khusraw - born 1004, Qubādiyān, Merv, Khorāsān [Iran]—died c. 1072, /77, Yumgān, Badakshān, Central Asia [now in Afghanistan]), poet, theologian, and religious propagandist, one of the greatest writers in Persian literature". Encyclopædia Britannica. 2011.  ^ "Balkh, Afghanistan
- Geographical Names, map, geographic coordinates". geographic.org.  ^ a b c Ludwig W. Adamec (2009), Historical Dictionary of Islam, p.237. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 0810861615. ^ a b c d e f g h i j  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Ethé, Karl Hermann (1911). "Nāsir Khosrau". In Chisholm, Hugh. Encyclopædia Britannica. 19 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 248.  ^ "A Brief Note on the Life of Nasir Khusrau". angelfire.com. 


E. G. Browne
E. G. Browne
(1998). Literary History of Persia. RoutledgeCurzon. ISBN 0-7007-0406-X.  Jan Rypka (1899). History of Iranian Literature. Springer. ISBN 90-277-0143-1. 

Further reading[edit]

Alice C. Hunsberger (2003). Nasir Khusraw, the Ruby of Badakhshan: A Portrait of the Persian Poet, Traveller and Philosopher. I. B. Tauris. ISBN 1-85043-926-5.  Annemarie Schimmel
Annemarie Schimmel
(2001). Make A Shield From Wisdom: Selected Verses from Nasir-i Khusraw's Divan. I. B. Tauris. ISBN 1-86064-725-1. 

External links[edit]

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Nasir-I-Khusrau (1881). Charles Schefer, ed. Sefer nameh; relation du voyage de Nassiri Khosrau en Syrie, en Palestine, en Égypte, en Arabie et en Perse, pendant les années de l'Hégire 437-444 (1035-1042) (in French). Paris: E. Leroux.  Nasir-I-Khusrau; et al. (1897). Vol IV. A journey through Syria
and Palestine (1047 CE.). The pilgrimage of Saewolf to Jerusalem. The pilgrimage of the Russian abbot Daniel. London: Palestine Pilgrims' Text Society.  Nasir Khusraw's works in original Persian at Ganjoor Persian Library Naser Khosrow in jazirehdanesh(persian) Millenary Celebrations of Nasir Khusraw Sayyidna Nasir Khusraw Nasir Khusraw: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow Nasir Khusraw: The Ruby of Badakhshan Nasir Khusraw: Fatimid
Intellectual Nasir Khusraw
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(Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy) Travelogue of Nasir Khusraw [1]

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Absolute Brahman Emanationism Logos Supreme Being


the Devil Sustainer Time


Athanasian Creed Comma Johanneum Consubstantiality Homoousian Homoiousian Hypostasis Perichoresis Shield of the Trinity Trinitarian formula Trinity Trinity
of the Church Fathers Trinitarian Universalism


Afterlife Apocalypticism Buddhist Christian Heaven Hindu Islamic Jewish Taoist Zoroastrian


Buddhism Christianity Hinduism Islam Judaism Mormonism Goddesses

Other concepts

The All Aristotelian view Attributes of God
in Christianity / in Islam Binitarianism Demiurge Divine simplicity Divine presence Egotheism Exotheology Holocaust Godhead in Christianity

Latter Day Saints

Great Architect of the Universe Great Spirit Apophatic theology Olelbis Open theism Personal god Phenomenological definition Philo's view Process Tian Unmoved mover

Names of God

Christianity Hinduism Islam Jainism Judaism

By Faith


History Outline Biblical canon Glossary Christology Cosmology Ecclesiology Ethics Hamartiology Messianism Nestorianism Philosophy Practical Sophiology Soteriology


Ayyavazhi theology Krishnology


Oneness of God Prophets Holy Scriptures Angels Predestination Last Judgment


Abrahamic prophecy Aggadah Denominations Kabbalah Philosophy

Authority control

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