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  • DEŽ Ī NEBEŠT

    Mansour Shaki

    (Mid. Pers. diz ī nibišt “fortress of archives,” lit. “writing”), supposedly one of two repositories in which copies of the Avesta and its exegesis (zand) were deposited for safekeeping.

  • DEZ River

    Cross-Reference

    See ĀB-E DEZ.

  • DEŽ-E BAHMAN

    Aḥmad Tafażżolī

    lit. "fortress of Bahman"; according to legend a fortress in Azerbaijan conquered by the Kayānian king Kay Ḵosrow, son of Sīāvaš and grandson of Kāvūs, king of Iran.

  • DEŽ-E GONBADĀN

    Aḥmad Tafażżolī

    lit. "fortress of Gonbadān"; a fortress where the Iranian hero Esfandīār, son of the Kayānian king Goštāsb, was imprisoned.

  • DEŽ-E RŪYĪN

    Aḥmad Tafażżolī

    or Rūyīn-dež, lit. "brazen fortress"; castle belonging to the Turanian king Arjāsb and conquered by Esfandīār, son of the Kayanid king Goštāsb.

  • DEŽ-E SAFĪD

    Aḥmad Tafażżolī

    lit. "white fortress"; Iranian fortress located near the border with Tūrān and conquered by Sohrāb, son of the Iranian hero Rostam by the Turanian princess Tahmīna.

  • DEZFUL

    Multiple Authors

    a town and sub-province in northern Khuzestan province.

  • DEZFŪL i. Geography

    Massoud Kheirabadi

    or Dez-pol, lit. "fortress bridge"; šahrestān (subprovincial administrative unit) and city in northern Ḵūzestān province.

  • DEZFUL ii. Population, 1956-2011

    Mohammad Hossein Nejatian

    This article deals with the following population characteristics of Dezful: population growth from 1956 to 2011, age structure, average household size, literacy rate, and economic activity status.

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  • DEZFŪLĪ AND ŠŪŠTARĪ DIALECTS

    COLIN MACKINNON

    Dezfūlī and Šūštarī are two closely related Persian dialects spoken by the indigenous inhabitants of Dezfūl and Šūštar in Ḵūzestān province.

  • DEZKŪH

    Farhad Daftary

    or Šāhdez; a medieval mountain fortress situated in central Persia on the summit of Mount Ṣoffa, about 8 km south of Isfahan.

  • DHABHAR, BAHMANJI NUSSERWANJI

    Mary Boyce and Firoze M. Kotwal

    (b. 1869, Navsari, d. 1952, Bombay), eminent Parsi scholar of Bhagaria stock.

  • DHALLA, DASTUR MANECKJI NUSSERWANJI

    Kaikhusroo M. JamaspAsa

    In 1878 Dhalla came to Karachi with his father, married at the age of nine, and was ordained a priest (navar) in 1890. For a while he abandoned his studies and worked to augment the family’s meagre income, but his scholarly interest never waned.

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  • DHĀR, QĀŻĪ KHAN BADR

    Cross-Reference

    See DHĀRVĀL.

  • DHĀRAṆĪ

    Hiroshi Kumamoto, Yutaka Yoshida

    magic spells in the Buddhist Mahāyānist and Tantric (esoteric) traditions.

  • DHARMAŚARĪRA-SŪTRA

    Hiroshi Kumamoto

    a short Buddhist text belonging to the Mahāyānist tradition.

  • DHĀRVĀL, QĀŻĪ KHAN BADR MOḤAMMAD DEHLAVĪ

    M. Saleem Akhtar

    or DHĀR, 15th-century Persian lexicographer in India, so named because he settled in Dhār (hence his nesba Dhārvāl), capital of the Ghurid principality of Malwa.

  • DHŪTA-SŪTRA

    Yutaka Yoshida

    name of a Buddhist Sogdian text discovered at Tun-huang.

  • DHYĀNA TEXT

    Yutaka Yoshida

    designation of a Buddhist Sogdian text of 405 lines discovered at Tun-huang.

  • DĪA

    Khalid Abu El Fadl

    the prescribed blood money or wergild paid in compensation for a wrongful death or certain other physical injuries.