Nasir Khusraw (1004-1060)

Abu Mo’in Hamid al-Din Nasir ibn Khusraw was born in 1004 in Qobadiyan in the district of Marv, in the eastern Iranian province of Khurasan. He and at least two of his brothers enjoyed high positions in the administrative ranks of the Saljuq court (he says he himself was in the revenue department), and there is evidence that he was also familiar with the court of previous dynasty, the Ghaznavids. Based on the quality of his writings, it is obvious he received an excellent education in the sciences, literatures and philosophies of his time, including the study of Greek and Neoplatonic philosophy. He tells us he examined the doctrines of the different Islamic schools and was not satisfied until he found and understood the Ismaili faith.

From this event of conversion, he embarked on his journey, during which time he spent three years in the Ismaili court in Cairo of the Fatimid caliph, al-Mustansir (1029-1094). He left Cairo as the head (hujjat) of Ismaili missionary activities in his home province of Khurasan. At some point, he was forced by the authorities to flee for his life; he lived the rest of his life in exile further east, in the Pamir Mountains in Badakhshan, located in today’s Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

–Alice C. Hunsberger
Also at Science and Religion in Islam: the Link

Author: ismailimail

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3 thoughts

  1. The philosophy of pir nasir khusraw is very deep and required more and more research work his complete diwan requires to be translated into urdu, english and gujrati


  2. The concept of intellect ‘Aql ‘ explained by pir Nasir Khusraw plays a pivotal role in shia Islam. Recgnition of Imam of the time is the main theme once you recognise him then a person can not be misguided. The pir tried to make us understand the concept of Imamat which should be clearly and thoroughly understood.


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