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The Marzubannama (Persian: مرزبان‌نامه‎‎, Book of the Margrave) by Sa'ad ad-Din Varavini (سعد الدین وراوینی) is a collection of 10th-century fables in Persian, translated into Arabic around 1220.

The text survives in an illustrated manuscript dating to 1299 (Ilkhanid period, MS 216 in the Archaeology Museum Library, Istanbul). It contains the earliest extant representation of Muhammad in a Persian manuscript, predating the cycle of MS Arab 161 by a decade.


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