Balami, Abu Ali Muhammad ibn Muhammad

Balami, Abu Ali Muhammad ibn Muhammad


Born in Merv. Year of birth unknown; died in 974 or 996. Persian-Tadzhik writer, vizier.

Balami was the author of the oldest prose work in Dari— Tabari’s History (written in 963)—which was a treatment of the well-known history of al-Tabari. Balami added to it a description of many episodes from the life of Iranian peoples, a heroic epos and early subjects that existed until the tenth century, and numerous legends and stories (the dastan Bahram Chubiri).


Tarikhe Tabari. Kanpur 1896. (A translation into Farsi of al-Tabari’s works [lithographed edition].)


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