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The Shrine Of Nasir Khusraw: Imprisoned Deep In The Valley Of Yumgan

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Yumgan, a district tucked away in the mountains of Badakhshan, was to be Nasir Khusraw's final abode, and it was there that he penned most of the surviving works that have earned him a reputation as one of the foremost writers of classic Persian poetry. This chapter brings an interesting building which is the burial shrine of Khusraw, a product of the rich vernacular building traditions of the remote mountain region, to the attention of art and architectural historians. It explores the history of Ismaʿilism in Badakhshan and provides an understanding of the eminent importance of Khusraw and his works for the local community, which in turn explains the significance of the shrine and the various facets of its veneration. The chapter helps to trace the historical development of the shrine as a mausoleum with a resident Sufi brotherhood.

Keywords: Badakhshan; Ismaʿilism; mausoleum; Nasir Khusraw; shrine; Yumgan



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