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Hakim abu Muhammad Ilyas bin Yusuf bin Zaki (known as Nizami Ganjavi).
Eskander-Nama.
Kashmir, 18th or early 19th century, 1202. 4to (23 x 15 cm). Persian manuscript on paper, executed in black ink within red- and blue- ruled borders in two columns, approx. 17 lines per page. (415) pp on 208 ff., with gilt title ornament on p. (1). Bound in 18th or 19th century calf, rebacked in the late 19th century(?), with renewed spine lacking some material as well. Housed in a custom 19th century slipcase. Full manuscript, complete in 72 titled stanzas and 6,866 verse couplets, of this celebrated Islamic biography of Alexander the Great (356-323 BC). The colophon of the present manuscript states that it was composed in the Persian Year 570, i. e. 1202 AD, and we suspect that the present copy was executed in Northern India, probably Kashmir (where Alexander is said to have finally halted his campaign, dying soon after), in the late 18th or early 19th century. "The Alexander of the Persian romances is much more colorful than his Western counterpart [.] Nizami celebrates him first as a king and conqueror, then as a sage and a prophet. In 'Iskandarnamah', in addition to being a zealous Moslem, Alexander becomes an ardent lover with numerous wives and concubines" (Southgate, "Portraits of Alexander in Persian Alexander-Romances of the Islamic Era"). - Islamic myths about Alexander the Great are thought to have derived in part from Qur'anic references to the "Dhu'l-Qarnayn" ("He of the Two Horns") as well as from the Greek sources in translation. "The principal episodes of the legend of Alexander, as known to the Muslim tradition, are elaborated in the [Eskander-nama]: the bi … [Click Below for Full Description]
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