Unsur Al-Maali Kaykavus
Kaykavus, Unsur Al-Maali
Born 1021; died 1098. Persian writer; major feudal lord.
Kaykavus wrote the first known prose work in Farsi, the Qabus-namah, which comprises 44 chapters of precepts that pertain to proper conduct in various life situations. The ethic preached by Kaykavus was essentially opportunistic, but, in general, the Qabus-namah, written in a direct and lively manner, remains an outstanding example of classical Persian and Tadzhik prose.
WORKSIn Russian translation:
Kabus-name, 2nd ed. Translation, introductory article, and notes by E. E. Bertel’s. Moscow, 1958.