Sharaf Khan

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Sharaf Khan


(also Sharaf al-Din ibn Shams al-Din Bitlisi). Born Feb. 25, 1543, in Bitlis; died 1603 or 1604. Kurdish historian and military and state figure.

Sharaf Khan’s family had the hereditary right to rule the city of Bitlis in eastern Anatolia. Sharaf Khan was raised and educated at the court of the Iranian shah Tahmasp I. He later became the chief leader of the Kurdish tribes of Iran. In the late 1570’s he became the ruler of the princely state of Bitlis. In 1595 and 1596, Sharaf Khan wrote Sharaf-nameh (in Persian)—the fundamental and earliest source on the medieval history of the Kurdish people.


In Russian translation:
Sharaf-name, vols. 1–2. Translation, foreword, notes, and appendixes by E. I. Vasil’eva. Moscow, 1967–76.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The first one was a 1597 work, Sharafnama (the Book of Honors) by Sharaf Khan Bidlisi (1543-1603).
In the same endnotes, Jaladet put the blame on Sharaf Khan, who had connected the Azizans to Khalid ibn al-Walid in his Sharafnama almost a century before Ahmed Khani.
Jaladet Bedirkhan was also dismayed to notice that Sharaf Khan's late-sixteenth-century remarks on the origins of his ancestors continued to mislead even pro-Kurdish European scholars in the twentieth century.
Jaladet was probably too harsh in assigning all of the blame to Sharaf Khan. Sharafnama reflected its authors biases, but Sharaf Khan merely reported what he heard from members of the Kurdish dynasties he introduced in his book.
(10.) The pun in the title of Sharaf Khan's book is intriguing.
In 1999, Shamma performed with Pakistani sitarist Ashraf Khan, and in Spain in 2011, he shared the stage with sitarist Sharaf Khan and tabla player Shahbaz Hussein.
(13) The relatively short text is based on a large variety of sources dating from such ancient Greek authors such as Xenophon; Arabic ones such as al-Baladhuri and al-Tabari, the famous Sharafnama or History of the Kurdish Nation, published by the Kurdish scholar Sharaf Khan al-Bitlisi in 1595; the Seyahatname, or Book of Travels, published by the Ottoman traveler Evliya Chelebi; to more modern ones, all capably listed in the thorough notes and bibliography.
It s just for show," 45-year-old shepherd Sharaf Khan told AFP on reaching the town of Dera Ismail Khan with his young family after a three-day trek.