Tahir Wahid

Mirza Muhammad Tahir Wahid

Persian poet , Court historian, epistle writer, and state dignitary. Born in Kazwin at the start of 17th centrury AD and probably died in 1698 AD.

His family had served in the state Chancery and Wahid had learnt the traditional sciences and had also acquired a good knowledge of accountancy and secretarial work.

He became a Court Historian to Shah Abbass 11 ( 1642- 166 AD ) and his intellectual activity covered poetry , letter writing and histography. Wahid became Prime Minister under Shah Suleyman 1 ( 1666-1669 AD ).

His verse production is estimated at some 50000 copulets. This includes Ghazals, Ksaidas, and Rubais. He also wrote mathnwais , such as the ” Khakwat – i-raz ” ( the secret of solitude ), Pride and Humility ( Naz u Niyaz ) , Saki Nama ( the cup bearer ), Ashik u Mashik ( Lover and beloved ), Gulzar e Abbassi ( the garden of Gulzar ).

His work has been judged favourably by literary historians, apart from Rida Kuli Khan Hidayat and Lutf Ali Beg Adhar, both addreseed their disapproval strongly.

Wahids prose output is represnted by his collection of letters written in the name of Shah Abbass 11, and his Abbass Nama.