Hamza al-Isfahani

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Hamza ibn al-Hasan [ibn] al-Mu'addib al-Isfahani[1] (Arabic: حمزه الاصفهانی‎) (ca. 893-after 961) was a Persian[2] philologist and historian. A Persian nationalist with strong prejudices against Arabs, he spent most of his life in his native town, Isfahan, and visited Baghdad three times during his lifetime. He had contact with many important scholars and historians, among them Al-Tabari and Ibn Durayd. He wrote a history of Isfahan, a famous Chronology of pre-Islamic and Islamic dynasties known as Taʾrīk̲h̲ sinī mulūk al-arḍ wa ’l-anbiyāʾ (تاریخ سنی ملوک الارض و الانبیا), and some other works on lexicography and poetry.


  1. ^ F., Rosenthal. "ḤAMZA al-IṢFAHĀNĪ". Brill. doi:10.1163/1573-3912_islam_sim_2697.
  2. ^ Donzel, E. J. van (1 January 1994). Islamic Desk Reference. BRILL. p. 127. ISBN 978-90-04-09738-4. Hamza al-Isfahani: Persian philologist and historian; ca. 893-after 961. He is the author of a well-known chronology of pre-Islamic and Islamic dynasties. He is also described as a Persian nationalist with strong prejudices against the Arabs.