Abu'l-Ma'ali Nasrallah

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Nasrallah ibn Muhammad ibn Abd al-Hamid Shirazi (Persian: نصرالله بن محمد بن عبدالحمید شیرازی‎), better known as Abu'l-Ma'ali Nasrallah (ابوالمعالی نصرالله), was a Persian[1] poet and statesman who served as the vizier of the Ghaznavid Sultan Khusrau Malik.


Nasrallah was born in Ghazni; he was the grandson of Abd al-Hamid Shirazi, a prominent Ghaznavid vizier, who himself was the son of the prominent Ghaznavid vizier Ahmad Shirazi, who was the son of Abu Tahir Shirazi, a secretary under the Samanids, whose family was originally from Shiraz in southern Iran. Nasrallah later became a secretary at the Ghaznavid court, and also became a poet. Between 1143 and 1146, Nasrallah translated the Arabic translated Indian fable story Kalila wa Dimna to Persian,[2] and dedicated it to Sultan Bahram-Shah.

During the reign of the Bahram-Shah's grandson, the last Ghaznavid Sultan Khusrau Malik, Nasrallah was appointed as his vizier, but later fell into disfavor and was imprisoned, and then executed.[3]


  1. ^ Bosworth 2001, pp. 578-583.
  2. ^ Bosworth 1968, pp. 159.
  3. ^ Bosworth 1993, pp. 1016.


Preceded by
Vizier of the Ghaznavid Empire
Succeeded by