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Mīr Sayyid Aḥmad
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Mīr Sayyid Aḥmad al-Ḥusaynī al-Mashhadī (d. 986/1578–9) is known chiefly as a calligrapher but also composed poetry and an album preface (dībācha). All of the written sources identify his teacher as the tenth/sixteenth-century master Mīr ʿAlī al-Ḥusaynī Harawī. Details about his life are provided by Qāḍī Aḥmad in his Gulistān-i hunar (c. 1005–15/1597–1606). Qāḍī Aḥmad was one of his students and once owned specimens of calligraphy (qiṭaʿ), samples of single letters (mufradāt), and an album (muraqqaʿ) by him.

Qāḍī Aḥmad describes Mīr Sayyid Aḥmad as a Ḥusaynī sayyid from Mashhad an…

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Roxburgh, David J., “Mīr Sayyid Aḥmad”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 29 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_36465>
First published online: 2020
First print edition: 9789004413443, 2020, 2020-2

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