Of Poetry and Patronage A Scholar’s Lament by Ḥusayn b. ʿAbd al-Ṣamad al-ʿĀmilī (d. 984/1576)

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Devin J. Stewart

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This study analyzes a poem by the Twelver Shiʿi jurist Ḥusayn b. ʿAbd al-Ṣamad al-ʿĀmilī (d. 984/1576) that has recently been discovered in a multiple-text manuscript in Iran. It is argued here that the poem dates from 961–63/1554–56 and expresses the author’s disappointment and frustrations with patrons or intermediaries in his efforts to procure a position shortly after he arrived in Safavid territory.




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