Abu-Shakur Balkhi

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Abu Shakur Balkhi (Persian: ابوشکور بلخی; born possibly in 912-13) was one of the most important Persian[1] poets of the Samanid period.

He was a contemporary of Rudaki, and wrote three masnavis, the work Āfarin nama (written in 944) among them. Only 192 scraps of his verses remain today.


  1. ^ Lazard, G. (1960–2005). "Abū S̲h̲akūr Balkhī". The Encyclopaedia of Islam, New Edition (12 vols.). Leiden: E. J. Brill.


  • E.G. Browne. Literary History of Persia. (Four volumes, 2,256 pages, and twenty-five years in the writing). 1998. ISBN 0-7007-0406-X
  • Jan Rypka, History of Iranian Literature. Reidel Publishing Company. ASIN B-000-6BXVT-K

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