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Rashīd al-Dīn Faḍl Allāh al-Hamadhānī’s Manuscript Production Project in Tabriz Reconsidered

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Rashīd al-Dīn Faḍl Allāh al-Hamadhānī is one of the most outstanding figures of the history of Tabriz. A detailed biography of him is, still awaited, but information scattered in his own and his contemporaries' works throw some light on the main stages of his life and career. Rashīd al-Dīn is well known as a great vizier. He is particularly credited with a leading role in Ghazan's renowned administration, land and trade reforms. As well as his activity as vizier and author, Rashīd al-Dīn also became a patron of manuscripts. At his own foundation which he called the Rabʿ-i Rashīdī, near Tabriz, he devised an exceptional program to produce Qurʾān and ḥadīth, manuscripts. This programme is described with a wealth of detail in an exceptional document: the "Waqfiyya", the original, holograph copy of which is preserved at the Central Library in Tabriz.

Keywords: Qurʾān manuscript; Rabʿ-i Rashīdī; Rashīd al-Dīn Faḍl Allāh al-Hamadhānī; Tabriz; Waqfiyya



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