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Mir 'Imad (d. 1615) was born in 1554, spent time in Herat and Qazvin, and finally settled in Isfahan (then capital of Safavid Persia), where, as a result of his implication in court intrigues, he was murdered in 1615. He was a master of the nasta'liq script, whose works were admired and copied by his contemporaries, and later collected by the Mughals.

Calligrapher: 'Imad al-Hasani. Iran. Early 17th century. 9.6 x 17.5 cm. Nasta'liq script. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, African and Middle Eastern Division.

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