Hakim Nizari Quhistan (d. 721/1321), one of the eminent and original Persian poets of the Mongol period, was born in 645/1247 in the village of Fudaj, eastern Khurasan (Iran). He was, according to some authorities, a scion of the Ismaili Nizari Imam, Rukn al-Din Khurshah. This paper summarize the following: (i) Nizari’s biography, before proceeding to discuss (ii) his life as a courtier, vizier and orator, (iii) the literary influences on his verse, (iv) his bacchanalian poetry, (v) various theories about the origins of his pen-name, (vi) the Ismaili motifs and (vii) Sufi topoi and symbolism of his homiletic mathnawi and erotic lyrical poetry.
— Leonard Lewisohn (Author) University of Exeter.
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