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 Mir ‘Imad al-Hasani
(1554-1615 A.D.)

Full name:

‘Imad al-Mulk Muhammad ibn Husayn Muhammad Shafi’al-Hasani al-Sayfi al-Qazvini, known as Mir ‘Imad al-Hasani for short

What he did:

  • Many scholars and calligraphers consider him the finest writer of the nasta‘liq script

Biography:

  • Worked in the court of Safavid Shah ‘Abbas I (reigned 1587-1629)
  • Chief rival of ‘Ali Riza ‘Abbasi, a designer of calligraphy inscriptions
  • Murdered in a conspiracy involving a jealous rival and vain monarch
  • His work was immensely popular during his lifetime and after his death

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Calligraphy by Mir ‘Imad al-Hasani

Calligraphy by Mir ‘Imad al-Hasani
Calligraphy by Mir ‘Imad al-Hasani