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Mīrzā Ḫān ibn Faḫr al-Dīn, Tuḥfat al-hind

[Preliminary Entry] The last chapter (bāb) of the Tuḥfat al-hind by Mīrzā Ḫān ibn Faḫr al-Dīn (17th century) is dedicated to the ‘ilm-i sāmudrīk, a discipline that the Persian translators considered to be the equivalent of the qiyāfa, the physiognomy of the Muslim tradition. This chapter is divided in two parts (faṣl) on the features of men and women. Both parts are subdivided in paragraphs describing the different parts of the body including the lines of hands and feet. The chapter on men is more detailed and follows the order from head to toe while that on women is arranged in the reverse order (az pāy tā sar).

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Paris, BnF, supplément persan 387


Main Persian Title: Tuḥfat al-hind
Author: Mīrzā Ḫān ibn Faḫr al-Dīn
Approximate period of composition: 1676