ʿABD-AL-JABBĀR, a calligrapher at the Safavid court in Isfahan in the time of Shah ʿAbbās I. He was the pupil of the famous calligrapher Mīr ʿEmād. Mīr ʿEmād had settled in Isfahan in 1008/1599-1600, where he died in 1024/1615 or 1027/1618. ʿAbd-al-Jabbār died in Isfahan in the year 1065/1655. Among his oeuvre are a Ḵamsa of Neẓāmī in the National Library in Paris (Suppl. pers. 1029) dated 1033/1624, which includes thirty-five miniatures of Ḥaydar-qolī, and a Golestān of Saʿdī from the year 1043/1633-34 in the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, both apparently written in Isfahan. His authorship of the copy of Neẓamī’s Ḵosrow o Šīrīn in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (A.M. 364-185), which gives his name and the date of 1091/1680, is now rejected by most scholars.


C. Huart, Les calligraphes et les miniaturistes de l’Orient Musulman, Paris, 1908 (repr. 1972), p. 245.

I. Stchoukine, Les peintures des manuscrits de Shāh ʿAbbās I à la fin des Ṣafavis, Paris, 1964, pp. 48, 132-33.

Robinson, Persian Paintings, p. 160. Cat. Chester Beatty III, no. 272.

(D. Duda)

Originally Published: December 15, 1982

Last Updated: July 14, 2011

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D. Duda, “'Abd-Al-Jabbar,” Encyclopædia Iranica, I/2, p. 116; an updated version is available online at http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/abd-al-jabbar (accessed on 15 January 2014).