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  • BĀBĀ SANKŪ

    H. Algar

    ecstatic Central Asian dervish of disorderly habits, contemporary with Timur (d. 1405) and one of several Sufis with whom Timur chose to associate for reasons of state.

  • BĀBĀ SHAH ESFAHĀNI

    Pricilla Soucek

    calligrapher and poet who lived in Isfahan and Baghdad where he died in 1587-88. He was famous as a writer of the nastaʿlīq script.

  • BĀBĀ ṬĀHER ʿORYĀN

    L. P. Elwell-Sutton

    medieval dervish poet from the area of Hamadān, best known for his do-baytīs, quatrains composed  in a simpler meter still widely used for popular verse.

  • BĀBĀ-YE DEHQĀN

    Anna Krasnowolska

    a mythological and ritual character whose cult has been reported in agrarian communities of mountainous and lowland Tajikistan, northern Afghanistan, and adjacent countries.

  • BĀBĀʾĪ BEN FARHĀD

    Amnon Netzer

    18th-century author of a versified history of the Jews of Kāšān with brief references to the Jews of Isfahan and one or two other towns.

  • BĀBĀʾĪ BEN LOṬF

    Amnon Netzer

    Jewish poet and historian of Kāšān during the first half of the 17th century (d. after 1662).

  • BĀBĀʾĪ BEN NŪRĪʾEL

    Amnon Netzer

    rabbi (ḥāḵām) from Isfahan;  at the behest of Nāder Shah Afšār (r. 1736-47), he translated the Pentateuch and the Psalms of David from Hebrew into Persian.

  • BABĀJĀʾĪ

    Cross-Reference

    See KURDISTAN TRIBES.

  • BĀBAK (1)

    R. N. Frye

    (Mid. Pers. Pāpak, Pābag), a ruler of Fārs at the beginning of the third century, father of Ardašīr, the founder of the Sasanian dynasty.  

  • BĀBAK

    Touraj Daryaee

    reformer of the Sasanian military and in charge of the department of the warriors (Diwān al-moqātela) during the reign of Ḵosrow I Anušervān in the 6th century CE.