ABD-AL-AZIZ B. ABD-AL-VAHHAB owed his artistic training to Shah Ṭahmāsp and was employed in the royal workshops at Tabrīz, but had his ears and nose cut off for counterfeiting a seal. However, Moṣṭafā-ʿAlī says that he was born in Isfahan, that Shah Ṭahmāsp was his pupil, and that he lost his nose for attempting to flee to India with another painter and a page.
Tabriz surpassed Isfahan in population early in the nineteenth century to become the most populous city in Iran. The city was centrally situated relative to the three neighboring regions with which most of its trade was conducted and to which people from the province traveled: the Caucasus, eastern Anatolia, and central Iran.
Fascicle 2 of Volume XVI
The most recent fascicle in the print edition of Encyclopædia Iranica appeared during the second quarter of 2013. This fascicle continues the development of letter “K” topics. It begins with the ancient KASSITES and ends with the beginning of titles with initial Ke-. Especially notable in this fascicle is the comprehensive survey of the Kayanid dynasty in the traditional history of Iran, as recorded in our sources both pre-Islamic and Islamic. This entry by Prof. P. O. Skjærvø, under the title KAYĀNIĀN, is now available at this website, along with all other entries in the fascicle.
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ZOROASTRIANISM ii. Historical Review: from the Arab Conquest to Modern Times
an overview of the history of Zoroastrianism from its beginnings through the centuries.
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