ĀṢAF AL-LOḠĀT, title of a Persian dictionary compiled by Aḥmad al-ʿAzīz al-Nāʾeṭī, Šams-al-ʿolamāʾ Nawwāb ʿAzīz Jang Bahādor of Hyderabad in the Deccan.
The compiler planned to give in alphabetic order explanations of every known word, compound, and saying together with examples of its use from works of early and later poets. He died before he could finish this great task. The work was left incomplete, but seventeen volumes, each of 600 wazīrī size pages, up to the end of the entry ǰarrār were printed at Hyderabad between 1325/1907 and 1340/1922. In the preface, the compiler lists alphabetically forty Persian dictionaries which he used as sources, giving brief indications and, in some cases, critical assessments of the contents of each.
Originally Published: December 15, 1987
Last Updated: August 16, 2011
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Vol. II, Fasc. 7, p. 700