Nasir-i- Khusraw

Abu Muin Nasir b. Khusraw b. Harith al Kubad Hiyani-

Persian poet and prose writer. Born in 1004 AD.

He had interest in science , mathematics, and poetry from an early age. In 1045 AD he went for the Hajj and wrote his ” Safar Nama ” about his journey, and stayed in Mecca for 6 months after which he went and lived in Balkh.

However, as an avid propagator of the Ismaili faith made him a target of the orthodox Ulema and he fled to Badakshan where he died between 1072 and 1078. It is during his stay in Badakshan during which his most productive work occurred.

His work reflects

a wide range of intellectual and poetic discourse and are a significant contribution to Muslim literature in Persian during the 11th century AD.  Khusraws writings on Ismailism also survive and these works had a significant impact amongst Persian speaking Muslims of Central Asia. This makes him an important figure of medieval Persian literature.

His best work is the ” Diwan” and the ” Confessional Ode ” are reflections on his inner conflicts and spiritual development. The tone is moral. The ” Safar Nama ” is an account of his travels and it falls within the medieval Muslim travel literature.