Hamdallah Mustawfi

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Mausoleum of Hamdollah Mostowfi. Qazvin, Iran.

Ḥamdallāh Mustawfī Qazvīnī (1281–1349; Persian: حمدالله مستوفى قزوینی‎) was a Persian[1][2][3] historian, geographer and epic poet of Arab ancestry.[4]


His tomb at Qazvinis surmounted by a turquoise blue conical dome.

Linguistic Impact of Illkhanate Rule[edit]

In his History of Tabriz, Mustawfi writes that the people of Tabriz had spoken Pahalavi Persian before the arrival of the Mongols but that during Illkhanate rule they had adopted Adhari Turkish. He mentions further that the people of Maragha, Zanjan and Ardabil had had their own Persian dialects.


Verily God hath preferred amongst His creatures of the Arabs the Quraysh, and among the Persians the men of Fars : for which reason the people of this province . . . were known as ' the Best of the Persians.[7][8]

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References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Lewis, ed. by B. (1986). Encyclopedia of Islam, Vol 3, H - Iram (Photomechan. repr. ed.). Leiden [u.a.]: Brill [u.a.] p. 122. ISBN 9004081186.
  2. ^ André Godard, "The art of Iran", Praeger, 1965. pg 234: "Hamd Allah Mustawfi Qazwini. Persian historian and geographer, born in 680 H (AD 1281-1282). "
  3. ^ Carole Hillenbrand, "Turkish myth and muslim symbol: the battle of Manzikert", Edinburgh University Press, 2007. pg 97: "The Persian chronicler Hamdallah .."
  4. ^ Melville, Charles. "ḤAMD-ALLĀH MOSTAWFI – Encyclopaedia Iranica". www.iranicaonline.org. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  5. ^ trans. Guy le Strange E.J.Gibb Memorial Series
  6. ^ Hamd Allah Mustawfi Qazwini, Nuzhat al-Qulub, ed. Guy Le Strange, The Geographical Part of the Nuzhat al-Qulub (Leiden-London, 1915-19
  7. ^ Kashani-Sabet 2014, p. 17.