Ibn al-Balḫī (fl. ca. 498/1104-511/1117)


Little is known of the life of Ibn al-Balḫī other than his work Fārs-nāmah. Fārs-nāmah is a “history and geography of Fārs beginning with an account of the Pre-Islamic Persian dynasties which occupies nearly two-thirds of the whole”. The work was undertaken at the command of the Seljuk ruler Ghiyāth al-Dīn Muhammad (r. 498/1104 and 511/1117).


Fārs-nāmah     The Book of Fārs [=Persia]

Written between 498/1104 and 511/1117.